GI Bill® Important Information
Many service members and Veterans are eligible for multiple chapters of the GI Bill® and should take some time to know what is available to them. Some GI Bill® chapters can be more advantageous depending on your current situation/goals and future situation/goals. Taking some time to map out how your GI Bill® will fit into your academic goals could end up saving you time and money down the road! Please take a few minutes to follow the Road Map For Success under the Quick Links panel and learn about what you are eligible to receive.
GI Bill® Quick Facts
Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33): The latest and greatest GI Bill®; began August 1, 2009; pays up to 100% of tuition and fees directly to the school, up to $1,000 annually for books, and a Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) payment directly to the student. Eligibility: you must have served at least 90 days of active duty after September 10, 2001, or have served 30 continuous days and been discharged with a service-connected disability to qualify for this benefit.
Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty (Chapter 30): This was the standard active duty GI Bill® until the introduction of the Post 9/11 Bill. Eligible service members would have elected to pay into this program during their first year of service. Student receives a monthly check directly to them to help cover educational expenses.
Montgomery GI Bill® Top-Up (MGIB Top-Up): If you are already using Ch. 30, simply submit your signed TA approval form to the VA Regional Processing Office that handles your claim (for most DU Students it will be the St. Louis Regional Processing Center). Important: These claims are handled differently from claims for Ch. 30 without TA. For Top-up claims, you will not need to check in with our VA Certifying Official. We will not need an enrollment certification on VA Form 22-1999. You will not need to check for approval of the program for VA benefits; approval is not an issue. That's because Top-up is payable for any course for which TA is payable under DoD criteria.
Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve GI Bill® (Chapter 1606): This is the standard GI Bill® for service members that serve in the National Guard or the Reserves of one of the Branches of Service and have no active duty time outside of training. Student receives a monthly check directly to them to help cover educational expenses.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607): is only offered to those who were attending an educational institution on November 24, 2015, or during the last semester, quarter, or term ending prior to that date. Will expire November 25, 2019. New applicants and those not attending school on November 24, 2015, are no longer eligible for REAP.
Survivors & Dependents Assistance (Chapter 35): This benefit is available to the dependents (spouses and children) of service members who received a permanent and total disability or died in connection with their service. Student receives a monthly check directly to them to help cover educational expenses.
Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) (Chapter 31): To be eligible for this benefit a veteran must have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% or a memorandum rating of 20%. This benefit will pay the full cost of tuition, fees, and books to the school and a monthly living stipend will be paid directly to the veteran. If the veteran is eligible for the post 9/11 GI Bill® they may elect to receive the BAH payment for that benefit in lieu of the living stipend, discuss this with your VR&E rehabilitation counselor.
Yellow Ribbon Program: The Yellow Ribbon agreement provides opportunities for Veterans and their dependents to study programs at institutions whose tuition and fees exceed the standard payable rates. Institutions that voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the VA choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed and the VA will match the same. Specifically, the agreement states that students receiving the Post-9/11 GI Bill® at the 100% payment rate will have 100% of their tuition covered by the VA. Students who attend private institutions in Michigan without the Yellow Ribbon program are capped at $25,970.46 annually. However, with the Yellow Ribbon program, Davenport University is agreeing to pay up to 50% of tuition and fees that exceed $25,162.14 and the VA matches the same—giving our eligible students no annual tuition limit. This agreement, along with the many other resources Davenport University provides, ensures that we are aptly prepared to continue helping veterans achieve their academic goals well into the future!