SECTION 2: VA Education Benefits
How do I apply for VA Education Benefits?
If the student has never used or collected VA Education Benefits previously; the student must submit an online application by logging onto the VA Web site; and go the section named "Education Benefits" then "Education Forms." Locate and complete the online application named VA Form 22-1990. Once the student has completed the application the student must choose to submit the application electronically. Please ensure that a copy of the application is printed for personal records. The last page of the application will be referred to as the signature page by the Department of VA. The student must sign and mail the original signature page to the Department of Veteran Affairs in St. Louis, MO. In 3 to 5 days the student will receive an acknowledgement via e-mail from the Department of VA that the application has been received and the process has begun. In 2 to 3 weeks the Department of Veteran Affairs will mail the student a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). The COE will verify the type of education benefit and the number of months that the student is entitled to; the student will need to fax a copy of this COE to Fisher College's VA Services Department so that a copy can be placed into the student's VA file.
What is the MGIB Active Duty or Chapter 30?
Service members that may be eligible to use or collect Chapter 30 benefits must have contributed $1,200.00 towards their chapter 30 education benefits. The $1,200.00 is withheld from their pay during their first 12 months of active duty service and it's non-refundable. It is for veterans who began active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985. It provides veterans with up to 36 months of full-time benefits that must be used prior to the 10 year delimiting end date.
What is Vocational Rehabilitation Education Program or Chapter 31?
A veteran may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation (chapter 31) benefits if he or she:
Received, or will receive, a discharge under other than dishonorable conditions;
Incurred or aggravated a service-connected disability which entitles him or her to VA disability compensation; and Vocational rehabilitation is needed due to his or her service-connected disability creating an employment handicap. Vocational rehabilitation may be provided for up to 48 months. An eligible veteran generally has 12 years from the date he or she is notified of entitlement to VA compensation to use his or her chapter 31 benefits. VA may approve an extension of time and/or length of training in certain cases.
What is VEAP or Chapter 32?
Individuals must have initially entered active duty from 1/1/77 to 6/30/85 and must have enrolled and contributed to VEAP before 4/1/87. Many VEAP era veterans who separated from active duty after 2/2/91 had the opportunity to convert from chapter 32 to chapter 30. VEAP is a voluntary contribution and matching program. Participants may have contributed as much as $2,700.00. The Government matches the participants' contributions on a $2 for $1 basis. The monthly rate varies depending on the total contribution made by the veteran and matched by the Government. Additional kickers may have been made by the military.
What is a Kicker?
Higher monthly benefits are paid to chapter 30 participants with "kickers" and to chapter 30 participants who make additional chapter 30 payments. Veterans may have a kicker, additional contributions, or both. The higher benefit rates are paid automatically when benefits are paid. If veterans don't receive the benefit they believe they are entitled to receive, they should call VA about the discrepancy so that VA can resolve the discrepancy with the Department of Defense. A kicker is part of the enlistment contract. It's often referred to by its Madison Avenue name; Army College Fund, Navy Sea College Fund, or whatever the newest recruitment ad calls it. If a contract has a $12,000.00 kicker, then the monthly kicker is $333.33 ($12,000.00 / 36 months), which increases the full-time chapter 30 benefit. Service members may pay up to $600.00 more towards chapter 30. The amount they pay is matched 9 to 1. A maximum $600.00 contribution increases the full-time monthly chapter 30 benefit.
1606 Kickers: An additional amount, called a kicker, may be added to the benefit of some chapter 1606 students. A chapter 1606 kicker may be a part of the original enlistment contract or part of a re-enlistment contract.
What is the MGIB Selected Reserve or Chapter 1606?
It is an educational program for active members of the Selected Reserve; the Selected Reserve components of the Ready Reserve include the Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard. Chapter 1606 eligibility is determined by the Department of Defense or by the Department of Transportation (Coast Guard), not by VA. Basic eligibility requires a 6-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve and satisfactory participation in required Selected Reserve training.
What is REAP or Chapter 1607?
REAP was established in 2004 as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency. This new program makes certain individuals who were activated or mobilized for more than 90 consecutive days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
Can I switch Degree Programs while collecting VA Education Benefits?
Yes; a termination (withdraw) of the old degree program will be reported to the Department of VA; then immediately the new certification of enrollment will be reported to the Department of VA. Which should not create an overpayment of VA Education Benefits and the payments will remain continuous.
How long does it take to receive my first payment from the VA?
It is highly unlikely that a student will receive a payment from the VA before their first payment to Fisher is due. The VA is taking 8 to 10 weeks, even longer during peak periods to process an enrollment certification and make the first payment--the processing time begins the date that the VA Certifying Official submits the certification of enrollment to the Department of VA.
How long does it take before my information is updated on the WAVE Web site?
It is highly likely that a student's information will not be updated or appear on the WAVE Web site for 4 to 6 weeks from the date that the certification of enrollment is reported to the Department of VA--the processing time begins the date that the VA Certifying Official submits the certification of enrollment to the Department of VA.
I have previously received VA Education Benefits at another College?
If the student has previously used and collected VA Education Benefits at another college or university and now wants to collect VA Educational Benefits while attending Fisher College. The student will need to log onto the VA Web site at www.gibill.va.gov and go the section named Education Benefits then Education Forms; locate and complete the online application named the VA Form 22-1995. Once the student has completed the application the student must choose to submit the application electronically. Please ensure that a copy of the application is printed for personal records. The last page of the application will be referred to as the signature page by the Department of VA. The student must sign and mail the original signature page to the Department of Veteran Affairs in St. Louis, MO.