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Veteran's Benefits

Veteran's Benefits may be available for active duty or retired military students, or dependents of military personnel. All educational benefit information as stated below, as well as current application process and payment amounts are available online at www.gibill.va.gov

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Students who are reviewing other programs not specifically listed below should contact the Veteran's Benefit Administrator at Ferrum College to ensure that the institution participates in those potential military benefit programs.

Receipt of Chapter 33/Yellow Ribbon Veteran's Benefits and Financial Aid

Students who will receive Chapter 33 Veteran's Benefits/Yellow Ribbon will have their Financial Aid evaluated based on receipt of this program.  Students are required to complete a Military Benefits Worksheet that will assist the Financial Aid Office in determining the student's eligibility for available state funding (i.e. Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant etc.).  All Veteran's Benefit programs must be counted as financial aid when determining eligibility for state funds.

Students will be allowed to utilize their merit scholarships (Ferrum Scholarships/Merit Grants, Ferrum Transfer Scholarships/Grants) to assist with paying up to 50% of room and board costs.  All other institutional grant and some other federal or state need based programs will not be available to students receiving this benefit. 

Students who qualify for Pell Grants may use those funds to assist with costs for the academic year.  Student Loans are also available for students to assist with additional costs if necessary.

Receipt of Other Veteran's Benefit Programs and Financial Aid

Students who receive other Veteran's Benefit programs (Chapters 31, 35, 1606, 1607, etc.) will have their financial aid reviewed to determine eligibility for state funding (i.e Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant).  All Veteran's Benefit programs must be counted as financial aid when determining eligibility for state funds.

Types of Benefits

Chapter 33 Post 911 GI Bill:  The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is effective August 1, 2009. Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational/technical training, on-the-job training, flight training, correspondence training, licensing, and national testing programs, and tutorial assistance. All training programs must be approved for GI Bill benefits.

The Post 9-11 GI Bill will pay eligible individuals:

  • Your full tuition & fees directly to the school for all public school in-state students. For those attending private or foreign schools tuition & fees are capped at $19,198 per academic year.
  • If you are attending a private Institution of Higher Learning in AZ, MI, NH, NY, PA, SC or TX you may be eligible for a higher tuition reimbursement rate.
  • For those attending a more expensive private school or a public school as a non-resident out-of-state student, a program exists which may help to reimburse the difference. This program is called the Yellow Ribbon Program"
  • A monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. For those enrolled solely in distance learning the housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents ($673.50 for the 2011 academic year). For those attending foreign schools (schools without a main campus in the U.S.) the BAH rate is fixed at $1,347.00 for the 2011 academic year. (Active duty students & their spouses cannot receive the MHA). 
  • An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment. 
  • A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals.
  • This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.
  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their benefit to their dependents.

 

To Apply

  • The student must have applied for Admission to Ferrum College.  Students can apply online at www.ferrum.edu.
  • The Parent should submit the TEB (Transfer of Education Benefits) online with the Department of Defense (Internet Explorer Only) at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/TEB/consent?continueToUrl=%2FTEB%2F
  • Upon approval of the benefit transfer, the student will need to apply for the education benefits (GI Bill) with the Department of Veteran's Affairs at https://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp//mail.asp
  • Upon approval of your Veteran's Benefits, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veteran's Affairs which you will need to supply to the Institution of Higher Learning (Ferrum College) if you decide to enroll.
  • Ferrum College MUST receive a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility, designating the student's eligibility for funding.   Students should also contact the Registrar's Office at (540) 365-4275 to inform the College if the student plans to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

CATEGORY I

  • Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985
  • Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for first 12 months
  • Continuously served for 3 years, OR 2 years if that is what you first enlisted for, OR 2 years if you entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty and served 4 years ("2 by 4" Program)

 

CATEGORY II

  • Entered active duty before January 1, 1977
  • Served at least 1 day between 10/19/84 and 6/30/85, and stayed on active duty through 6/30/88, (or 6/30/87 if you entered the Selected Reserve within 1 year of leaving active duty and served 4 years)
  • On 12/31/89, you had entitlement left from Vietnam-Era GI Bill

 

CATEGORY III

  • Not eligible for MGIB under Category I or II
  • On active duty on 9/30/90 AND separated involuntarily after 2/2/91,
  • OR involuntarily separated on or after 11/30/93,
  • OR voluntarily separated under either the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) program
  • Before separation, you had military pay reduced by $1200

 

CATEGORY IV

  • On active duty on 10/9/96 AND you had money remaining in a VEAP account on that date AND you elected MGIB by 10/9/97
  • OR entered full-time National Guard duty under title 32, USC, between 7/1/85, and 11/28/89 AND you elected MGIB during the period 10/9/96, through 7/8/97
  • Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months or made a $1200 lump-sum contribution

 

How Much Does VA Pay?

The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, and if DOD put extra money in your MGIB Fund (called "kickers"). You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be less, in some cases, and longer under certain circumstances.

How Can I Apply?

You can apply by filling out VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits.  This application is available online at www.gibill.va.gov.

Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance:  Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

The student must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
  • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
  • A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.
  • A service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  • A service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  • A service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability. This change is effective December 23, 2006.

 

Period of Eligibility

If the student is a son or daughter and wishes to receive benefits for attending school or job training, they must be between the ages of 18 and 26. In certain instances, it is possible to begin before age 18 and to continue after age 26. Marriage is not a bar to this benefit. If the student are in the Armed Forces, you may not receive this benefit while on active duty. To pursue training after military service, the student's discharge must not be under dishonorable conditions. VA can extend the period of eligibility by the number of months and days equal to the time spent on active duty. This extension cannot generally go beyond the 31st birthday, there are some exceptions.

If the student is a spouse, benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible or from the date of death of the veteran. If the VA rated the veteran permanently and totally disabled with an effective date of 3 years from discharge a spouse will remain eligible for 20 years from the effective date of the rating. This change is effective October 10, 2008 and no benefits may be paid for any training taken prior to that date.

For surviving spouses (spouses of service members who died on active duty) benefits end 20 years from the date of death.

How to Apply

  • You should make sure that your selected program is approved for VA training. If you are not clear on this point, VA will inform you and the school or company about the requirements.
  • Obtain and complete VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance. Send it to the VA regional office with jurisdiction over the State where you will train. If you are a son or daughter, under legal age, a parent or guardian must sign the application.
  • If you have started training, take your application to your school or employer. Ask them to complete VA Form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification, and send both forms to VA.
  • Section 301 of Public Law 109-461 adds a new category to the definition of "eligible person" for DEA benefits. The new category includes the spouse or child of a person who:
  • VA determines has a service-connected permanent and total disability; and at the time of VA's determination is a member of the Armed Forces who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient medical care, services, or treatment; and is likely to be discharged or released from service for this service-connected disability.
  • Persons eligible under this new provision may be eligible for DEA benefits effective December 23, 2006, the effective date of the law.
  • DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
  • Special Restorative Training is available to persons eligible for DEA benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs may prescribe special restorative training where needed to overcome or lessen the effects of a physical or mental disability for the purpose of enabling an eligible person to pursue a program of education, special vocational program or other appropriate goal. Medical care and treatment or psychiatric treatments are not included.
  • Special Vocational Training is also available to persons eligible for DEA benefits. This type of program may be approved for an eligible person who is not in need of Special Restorative Training, but who requires such a program because of a mental or physical handicap.
  • Chapter 1606-Selected Reserves:  The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
  • You may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and vocational flight training programs. Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances.
  • Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. VA makes the payments for this program.
  • You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.
  • Your eligibility for the program normally ends on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.
  • One exception to this rule exists if you are mobilized (or recalled to active duty from your reserve status), in this case your eligibility may be extended for the amount of time you are mobilized PLUS four months. For example, if you are mobilized for 12 months your eligibility period is extended for 16 months (12 months active duty PLUS 4 months.) So even if you leave the reserves after mobilization, you may have additional eligibility to the MGIB-SR.
  • If your unit is deactivated during the period beginning on October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2014 or you are involuntarily separated (for reasons other than misconduct) you will retain your original period of eligibility which is 14 years from the date of your first 6 year obligation with the selected reserves.

 

Eligibility

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. 
  • For some types of training, it is necessary to have a six-year commitment that begins after September 30, 1990;
  • Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT);
  • Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement;
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit. You will also retain MGIB - SR eligibility if you were discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.

 

How to Apply

  • Your unit will give you a DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility, when you become eligible for the program. Your unit will also code your eligibility into the Department of Defense personnel system so that VA may verify your eligibility.
  • You should then make sure that your selected program is approved for VA training. If you are not clear on this point, VA will inform you and the school or company about the requirements.
  • Obtain and complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits. Send it to the VA regional office with jurisdiction over the State where you will train.
  • If you have started training, take your application and your Notice of Basic Eligibility to your school or employer. Ask them to complete VA Form 22-1999, (not available online) Enrollment Certification, and send all the forms to VA.

 

Other Programs

  • Other programs may be available for education.  Please visit the Veteran's Benefits website for more information.