A Comparison of VA Educational Programs

Tuition Assistance

Active duty military personnel have Tuition Assistance (TA) programs through their specific branch. TA information for each branch is provided on the TA link found above. You can find out what you need to do to receive that benefit by clicking on your branch of service.

Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab), Chapter 31, is not the same as the GI Bill. Voc Rehab is for honorably discharged Veterans with a service-connected disability rating of at least 20%, who want to take their careers in a direction that previous training and current disabilities make difficult. -> Read More

Education Benefit Comparison Chart from www.gibill.VA.gov

The various versions of educational benefits available to veterans, including the GI Bill, eligibility requirements, and names of the programs can be confusing. The Chart below is provided to help you understand what educational benefit you are eligible to receive.

  Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30) Montgomery GI Bill-Selective Reserve (Chapter 1606) Reserve Education Assistance Program-REAP (Chapter 1607) Veterans Education Assistance Program-VEAP (Chapter 32) Dependents Educational Assistance Program-DEAP (Chapter 35)
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Minimum Length of Service (Time of Service)

90 days active aggregate service (after 9/10/01) or 30 days continuous if discharged for disability

2 yr. continuous enlistment (minimum duty varies by service date, branch, etc.)

6 yr. commitment (after 6/30/85)

90 days active continuous service (after 9/10/01)

181 continuous days active service (between 12/31/76 and 7/1/85)1

Not applicable

Maximum # of Months of Benefits 2

36

36

36

36

36

45

How Payments Are Made

Tuition: Paid to school

Housing stipend: Paid monthly to student

Books & Supplies: Paid to student at the beginning of the term

Paid to student

Paid to student

Paid to student

Paid to student

Paid to student

Duration of Benefits

Generally 15 years from last day of active duty

Generally 10 years from last day of active duty

Ends the day you leave Selected Reserve

Generally 10 years from the day you leave the Selected Reserve or the day you leave the IRR 4

10 yrs from last day of active duty

Spouse: 10 – 20 years 3

 

Child: Ages 18-26

Degree Training

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Non College Degree Training

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

On-the-Job & Apprenticeship Training

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Flight Training

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Correspondence Courses

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Licensing & Certification

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

National Testing Programs

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Work-Study Program

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tutorial Assistance 5

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

  1. Amount of time varies according to when the Veteran enlisted and entered active duty.

  2. You may receive a maximum of 48 months of benefits combined if you are eligible for more than one VA education program.

  3. Spouses are generally eligible to receive benefits for 10 years. However, spouses of individuals rated total and permanent within 3 years of discharge and spouses of individuals who die on active duty are granted a 20 year eligibility period.

  4. The Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) is a category of the Ready Reserve of the Reserve Component of the Armed Forces.

  5. VA can pay the difference between the total cost of tuition and fees and the amount of Tuition Assistance paid by the military.