State Fair Community College

GI Bill Programs

 

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the most comprehensive education benefit package since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944.  Only active duty service performed after September 10, 2001, may be considered for determining eligibility for this new benefit.  To be eligible, a service member or veteran must have served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty.  However, individuals honorably discharged for a service-connected disability who served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001, may also establish eligibility.  Chapter 33 GI Bill provides a maximum basic benefit of cost of tuition and fees (not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition rate at a public institution of higher learning in the state you are attending), a monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to an E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the school; and a yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year.

For more information please contact the Veterans Affairs Regional Processing Office at 1-888-442-4551 or go to their web site at http://www.gibill.va.gov/ .

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB) (Chapter 30)

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.

Tuition Assistance "Top-Up"

On October 30, 2000, the President signed into law an amendment to the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty education program that permits VA to pay a Tuition Assistance Top- up benefit. The amount of the benefit can be equal to the difference between the total cost of a college course and the amount of Tuition Assistance that is paid by the military for the course.

Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) (Chapter 1606)

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. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) (Chapter 32)

VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) (Chapter 35)

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.

Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31)

The Department of Veterans Affairs determines eligibility for this program.  This program provides payment of required fees and monthly allotment.  Information on how to apply for this program may be obtained by calling 1-800-827-1000 or visiting www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/index.htm.

VA Work Study Program   

This program is available to any student receiving VA education benefits who is attending school three-quarter time or more. An individual working under this program may work at the school veterans' office, VA Regional Office, VA Medical Facilities, or at approved State employment offices.  Currently, SFCC does not participate in this program.

Work-study students are paid at either the state or Federal minimum wage, which ever is greater. If you have questions on this program contact our toll-free number 1-888-442-4551.

Education Forms

This area has common VA forms and related forms available for you to print. Visit this area to see what's there or contact the VA’s toll-free number 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to request Education forms.  Most VA forms you will need are available at the financial aid office.

Veteran’s Responsibilities

  • Federal regulations require a veteran to be seeking a degree/certificate to be eligible for veteran’s benefits. 
  • It is very important that veterans notify the financial aid office when you add or drop classes.  
  • Veterans like all other students must pay their tuition, fees, and other charges by the due date.  Veteran’s benefits can not be used to defer tuition and fees at SFCC.  Benefits are paid directly to the veteran/student and are paid for the previous month’s attendance.  
  • The DVA does not pay for repeat classes.

Please understand that some classes you take may not be counted in determining a veteran's course load status. These include: continued classes which have previously been counted; repeated courses, except when the repeat is required; classes taken for audit; short courses; and courses which do not apply to a student's degree or certificate program unless they are required prerequisites.

 

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

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.

As of August 1, 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill is effective for training. Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training. All training programs must be offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for GI Bill benefits. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are approved under the Post- 9/11 GI Bill.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay your tuition based upon the highest in-state tuition charged by a public educational institution in the state where the school is located. The amount of support that an individual may qualify for depends on where they live and what type of degree they are pursuing.

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

  • Tuition & fees directly to the school not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition & fees at a public Institution of Higher Learning.
  • A monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school.
  • For those attending foreign schools (schools without a main campus in the U.S.) the BAH rate is fixed at $1,347.00 for 2011 and $1,348.00 for 2010.
  • An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
  • A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals.

This benefit is payable only for training at an Institution of Higher Learning (IHL). If you are enrolled exclusively in online training you will not receive the housing allowance. If you are on active duty you will not receive the housing allowance or books & supplies stipend. 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 GI Bill to dependents.   

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