CHAPTER 30: You are eligible for Chapter 30 VA Educational Benefits if you paid in $1200.00.
If you have never used your benefit you will need to fill out a VA Form 1990 (obtained through CSU Military Services Coordinator's Office), or apply online at www.gibill.va.gov by using VONAPP. In addition to your application you will need to submit copies of page 4 of your DD214s, and if you paid in an additional $600.00 you will need to submit a copy (or copies) of pay sheets showing the total additional amount. Sometimes it's easier to submit everything through the CSU Military Services Coordinator, that way Atlanta receives it submitted as a packet with your first certification. First-time users can expect a 60-90+ day wait in receiving benefit, but Atlanta will pay retro to day classes start. Under Chapter 30, veteran has to verify his/her enrollment at the end of each month, or the first few days of the following month. Verify either online using WAVE or call 1-888-GIBILL1. This will release your check.
Under Chapter 30 you have 10 years from the date of your discharge (honorable) to use your benefits. The last semester you are in classes even if you have only 1 day of eligibility left, this chapter will pay for the entire semester.
If you are transferring from another college you will need to fill out a VA Form 1995. Since you will already be in Atlanta's system you should be paid at the beginning of the month following the month you attended classes. You will have to verify using WAVE.
CHAPTER 1606: You are eligible for Chapter 1606 VA Educational Benefits if you are currently drilling or are in the active reserves.
If you have never used your Chapter 1606 VA Educational Benefits you will need to fill out a VA Form 1990 (available through CSU Military Services Coordinator's Office), or apply online at www.gibill.va.gov by using VONAPP. In addition you will need to submit your Notice of Basic Eligibility form (available from your unit). First-time users can expect a 60-90+ day wait in receiving benefit, but Atlanta will pay retro to day classes start. Under Chapter 1606, veteran has to verify his/her enrollment at the end of each month, or the first few days of the following month. Verify either online using WAVE or call 1-888-GIBILL1.
CHAPTER 1607: You are eligible for Chapter 1607 VA Educational Benefits (REAP) if you are a member of a Guard/Reserve component who serves on active duty after September 11, 2001, for a contingency operation and who served at least 90 consecutive days or more.
Currently, qualifying members were called under: Sections 688, 12301 (a), 12302, 12304, 12305 and 12406 of Title 10 or Title 15, or any other provision of law during a war or national emergency as declared by the President or congress.
Only Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have the authority to determine basic eligibility for REAP benefits.
Individuals are eligible for benefits as long as they remain within their component. Individuals released from disability will have 10 years from the date of eligibility to use benefit.
CHAPTER 31: You may be eligible for Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) if you have a service-related disability rating.
You will need to make an appointment with VA Voc Rehab located at 4600 Goer Drive, Suite 110, North Charleston, SC 29406, or call 843-740-9114 and speak to a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. For more information go to benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/eligibility_and_entitlement.asp on your website. Under this chapter I certify approximately two weeks before start of class.
Please make sure that you register for classes early if you plan to use your benefit.
CHAPTER 33: For most current information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) please go to www.gibill1.va.gov.
You may apply online using VONAPP. If you have used any of your Chapter 30 benefits you will only transfer remaining months to Chapter 33. If you exhaust all of your Chapter 30 benefits and then apply for Chapter 33 you may be eligible for an additional 12 months of VA Educational Benefits for a total of 48 months max. Once you apply for Chapter 33 you cannot change your mind, because the bill is irrevocable. You have 15 years from time you get out of service to use Chapter 33, and your benefits may be transferred to spouse and children.
CHAPTER 35: If you are the spouse or child of a veteran who is either deceased, or 100 percent totally and permanently disabled due to a service connected injury or disease that was incurred or aggravated during active military service, you may be eligible for Chapter 35 VA Educational Benefits.
A spouse may elect the effective date from the time of notification. Period of eligibility expires 10 years from date of election. A child can establish his/her eligibility between their 18th and 26th birthday. A child may elect effective date, notification date or any date in between. Period of eligibility expires 8 years from date of election.
At CSU (a private college) if you are receiving VA Educational Benefits, you will receive a check each month from VA prorated based on number of days per month you are in class.
If you attend a state-supported college, all tuition is paid. You should receive a letter from the state saying that you are eligible to attend a state college. It is good only at a state college.