Tuition Assistance (TA) is a program of the federal government and each branch of service.
VA educational benefits fall under difference chapters of 38 U.S. Code. Click on the title of the benefit to learn more.
Post 9/11 – Chapter 33
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is a benefit for 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®.
Transferring Chapter 33 to Dependents
There is a provision under Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® that enables eligible service members to transfer their eligibility to their dependents, but there are very strict requirements to do so (including an incurred service obligation if the service member has served less than 10 years).
Montgomery GI Bill® – Chapter 30
The Montgomery GI Bill® is a benefit for individuals who contributed $1,200 to the basic program while on Active Duty. All individuals who were separated or retired with an honorable discharge or were separated under the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) are eligible.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR&E) – Chapter 31
VR&E’s primary benefit program is vocational rehabilitation services for veterans who have a service-connected disability of 10% and higher. To receive services a veteran must be found both eligible and entitled. The desired outcome of these services is to lead disabled veterans to suitable employment that is consistent with their aptitudes and interests or achieving independence in their daily living.
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (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, who are anticipated to be released from a military hospital with 100% disability 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.
Montgomery GI Bill© – Selected Reserve – Chapter 1606
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve and have completed your Initial Active Duty Training (tech school). 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.
The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a military member’s professional and personal self-development goals.
You should use the dynamic Department of Defense TA DECIDE, which is a comparison took that helps military members make informed decisions.
The following are stipulations for use of TA:
- Classes can be in the classroom or online.
- Classes must be a part of an approved academic degree or certificate program.
- Schools must be accredited by regional or national accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Note: Regional accreditation is the “Gold Standard” for accrediting bodies.
- Schools must be a participant in the current Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU).