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
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
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
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.