Do you know which educational benefit you are eligible to receive? The following descriptions provide information about each benefit program. Also included below is general information that will be helpful for you to know as you proceed. Let us know if you have any questions.
"GI Bill®" is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty for at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001 or were discharged with a service-related disability after 30 continuous days. Under the new chapter, effective August 1, 2009, eligible participants (veterans, service members and dependents) pursuing a VA approved training program may receive the following benefits at a percentage based on the length of active duty service:
- Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid directly to the school).
- Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the primary school (paid directly to the service member or veteran).
- Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year (paid directly to the service member or veteran).
Specific questions about eligibility for VA benefits should be addressed to the VA. For additional information, see www.gibill.va.gov.
Note: If an individual's tuition and fees exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition or fees, additional funding may be available for eligible students through a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® called the Yellow Ribbon Program.
ASU has announced that it will once again participate in this program for the 2014 –15 academic year with up to 150 slots for undergraduates (up to $7,173 per year) and 3 slots for graduate students (up to $7,717 per year). Per VA requirements, individuals must be 100 percent eligible for the Post-9/11 GI® Bill to apply for this funding. Under rules that became effective August 1, 2011, the VA pays in-state undergraduate and graduate tuition and fees for eligible students, whether resident or nonresident. The Yellow Ribbon program is designed help cover differences between resident and nonresident tuition. Under this voluntary program, institutions can enter into an agreement with the VA to help fund the additional expenses for eligible students. The VA will match each additional dollar funded by the institution, and the combined amounts may not exceed the full cost of the institution's charged tuition for the VA-approved programs.
ASU’s Yellow Ribbon contributions act like scholarships and compete with other ASU-sponsored scholarships for funding. Therefore, one stipulation is that new Yellow Ribbon applicants need to be accepted into a definitive program of study — students in exploratory tracks of study will not be eligible for Yellow Ribbon.
In April of 2011, Arizona's legislature enacted House Bill 2410. This bill allows for in-state tuition rates for veterans with an honorable discharge who show intent to become Arizona residents. This should eliminate a veteran’s need for Yellow Ribbon, as long as he or she successfully applies for residency. Nonresident spouses and dependents of veterans are not covered under HB 2410, but they may be eligible under other residency programs. Nonresident students attending ASU Online are not charged higher tuition rates than resident students and therefore do not need Yellow Ribbon funding.
ASU expects few veteran students will need Yellow Ribbon because of HB 2410. If you are a veteran who is interested and eligible to become an Arizona resident for tuition purposes, we highly encourage you to consider that option, which will help save limited Yellow Ribbon funding for veterans who need to maintain their original state residency for other reasons and for dependents who do not have the residency option. Residency filing requirements and deadlines can be found at http://students.asu.edu/residency.
Yellow Ribbon applications have always been taken on a first-come, first-served basis, as mandated by the VA. It is also the VA's intent for participating institutions to continue to support previous Yellow Ribbon recipients through graduation. Therefore, those previously supported are given priority over new applicants. ASU will begin accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year at 8 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time/Arizona Time) on Friday, June 13, 2014. Applications may be submitted by fax at 480-522-3058 or as an attachment via email to MilitaryDependents@asu.edu. Submissions will be given priority according to the electronic date/time stamp. In order to keep this priority system fair, applications submitted before 8 a.m. on June 13 will be marked as received at 11:59 p.m. on that day.
Yellow Ribbon award notifications will be sent by email on June 27, 2014.
The program is for 1) dependents or spouses of veterans who have died or are totally and permanently disabled as the result of a service connected disability or died while evaluated as having a total and permanent disability, or 2) dependents or spouse of a person who is listed as a POW or MIA.
This program is for active members of components of the Selected Reserve and National Guard. Eligible participants require 1) enlistment or reenlistment in the selected reserve with an obligation to serve for a period of not less than six years following enlistment on or after July 1, 1985, 2) completion of secondary school diploma requirements, or 3) completion of IDAT (initial date active training).
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the president or Congress. This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
Both transfer and continuing students using Chapter 31 benefits must submit or have their caseworker forward a current Form 28-1905 to the ASU Pat Tillman Veterans Center location on their campuses. The following information is required to complete a file for certification of benefits.
- Prior Credit Evaluation — Print the form and take it to your academic advisor for completion.
- Veterans Standards Letter — Print the form, read, initial each section, sign and date.
- VA Certification Activity Sheet — Print the form, complete and fax or mail to the Pat Tillman Veterans Center on your campus. This enrollment information will be sent to the VA every semester.
Additional forms required:
If you make any changes to your schedule after submitting your VA Certification Activity Sheet, you are required to complete an Enrollment Change Notification clearly stating your last date of attendance.
- Enrollment Change Notification — To submit any changes to your enrollment after you have submitted your VA Activity Sheet.
Books may be purchased at the Sun Devil Campus Stores two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Supply purchases that exceed the limit set by your case manager will be billed to your student account. Additionally, any item purchased through stores other than the Sun Devil Campus Stores must be submitted to your case manager for reimbursement.
For more information regarding this benefit, please visit http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/, or contact our VetSuccess on Campus counselor, Troy Rundle, for an appointment at 480-727-5627.
This is a work program available to any educational benefit recipient who is attending college or university at three-quarter time (16 week term = 9 credits) or more. Students may obtain employment at the VA Medical Facility, VA Regional Office or at other approved state employment facilities. Students are paid at federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher, and these payments are non-taxable. Interested individuals should contact the Pat Tillman Veterans Center or the Muskogee VA Office at 1-888-442-4551 and request the work-study desk.
A kicker is part of an enlistment contract, often referred to as the Army College Fund. The kicker is a fixed dollar amount that will be disbursed in even installments over the course of the entitlement period for Chapter 30 and 1606 recipients. Service members also have the opportunity to pay additional contribution amounts that are generally matched 9 to 1 and added to the monthly benefit in even disbursements. The VA should automatically pay the higher benefit rate as an addition to the normal entitlement amount paid each month to the veteran. If not, the veteran should contact the VA Regional Office processing their claim.
Department of Veterans Affairs regulations require that all persons using any type of veteran educational assistance programs are making satisfactory academic progress toward achievement of their educational objective (degree plan) as defined in the ASU catalog (Degree Search). A student who fails to meet the minimum standards will be placed on probation or disqualification. If satisfactory academic progress has not been demonstrated, veteran educational benefits will be terminated until such progress can be demonstrated. Benefits may be resumed when the veteran student raises his/her cumulative grade point average (GPA) to the required minimum standards or demonstrates the ability to meet these standards.
Changes in Student Status
It is the veteran student's responsibility to notify Veteran Services in the Pat Tillman Veterans Center at the appropriate campus regarding any change in enrollment, address, degree plan, enrollment at another institution, or any other change that may impact the veteran’s educational benefits. Failure to report such changes can result in an overpayment requiring debt collection action from the VA.
Credit for Prior Training/Training
Veteran students are required to request and have evaluated all prior college and university credit received prior to, during and after military service. This is to ensure that the VA does not pay for course work twice and that students receive the most from their benefits.
Advance payment provides funds at the beginning of a school term to help the student meet expenses such as tuition, fees and books. Veteran students interested in advance pay must be enrolled at least half-time and must request such payment no more than 120 and no less than 30 days from the start of the enrollment period (start day of first class). Advance payment will be for the amount of benefits payable for the initial and following month of the semester. No other benefits will be received until the third month after the start of class.
Break pay refers to benefit amounts paid between two semesters, quarters or terms. Veteran students do not need to request break pay. The VA will pay automatically unless directed not to by the student. Students are not guaranteed break pay. Payment for breaks will be determined by VA rules and regulations.
Certification is the process by which the school notifies the VA of a veteran student's enrollment that may be eligible for VA educational benefit payment. Students must request certification each enrollment period.
Veteran students may be eligible to enroll and receive benefits for attending more than one college or university. The student must establish a parent school (generally the school where they intend to complete their Degree Plan). The student must then inform Veteran Services staff at the parent school of his/her intention to enroll at another college (supplemental school) either on a part-time basis or for a full semester. The parent school will then direct the student and supplemental school on the process for benefit certification.
Degree Audit Report (DARS)
Veteran students who wish to receive VA educational benefits must follow their DARS to receive benefits for the semester. If a course does not meet a requirement on the DARS report, the student must pick up a DARS Approval form from the Pat Tillman Veterans Center office on campus and take to the advisor. Only those courses the advisor has authorized can be claimed for benefits. DARS Form.
Veterans may choose to receive their educational benefit payments via direct deposit to their bank checking accounts. This service may be requested at the time of application or may be established via phone at 1-877-838-2778. Forms are also available at the Pat Tillman Veterans Center location on each campus.
Enrollment Verifications — VA Monthly
The VA Regional Processing Office requires that veterans receiving educational benefits (Ch 30, 1606 & 1607) verify enrollment each month via the internet or phone. This is to ensure that the veteran is being paid properly and to avoid over/under payment of benefits. If required, verify enrollment by phone at 1-877-823-2378 or online at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave. Please note that veteran students receiving Ch 31 and 35 benefits do not need to verify monthly enrollment. Ch 33 recipients will not be responsible to briefly until further notice.
Remedial and Deficiency Courses
Remedial or deficiency courses which are specifically required for pursuit of a post-secondary program of education or to overcome a deficiency in a particular area of study may be certified for purposes of VA educational benefits.
The State of Arizona allows veterans who receive VA educational benefits to defer (interest free) the payment of tuition, fees, and charges for all necessary textbooks and supplies. This deferment will not cover student health insurance. Students interested in receiving a deferment need to request it from Veteran Services at the appropriate campus prior to the fee payment deadline.