Veteran education benefits

Do you know which education 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.

Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill®

Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill®

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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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

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.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program pertains to nonresident students using the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) at the 100% eligibility level. This program is designed to 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. It is also the VA's intent for participating institutions to continue to support previous Yellow Ribbon recipients through graduation.

For the 2021–2022 academic year, Arizona State University is anticipating the reapproval of 90 undergraduate and three graduate scholarship slots for campus-based students.

For current campus-based students:  

Campus-based students who were previously awarded a Yellow Ribbon scholarship are given priority over new campus-based applicants. However, current awardees must submit the new application to acknowledge updated policies and maintain their priority.

For new campus-based students:

New student applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may go on a waiting list if all allocations have been filled.

ASU will begin accepting applications for the 2021–2022 academic year at 8 a.m. (Pacific daylight time/Arizona time) on Friday, May 21, 2021. Applications may be submitted by fax at 480-522-3058 or as an attachment via email to 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 May 21, 2021, will be marked as received at 11:59 p.m. on that day.

Yellow Ribbon award notifications will be sent via email on an individual basis, as they are approved.

For all ASU Online students:

Yellow Ribbon slots are not limited at this time. After students establish their eligibility, their Yellow Ribbon funds will be applied automatically. No application is required.

2021–2022 Yellow Ribbon Program application

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

This is the most common VA education program. There are four eligibility categories with the most common being those individuals who 1) entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985 and 2) contributed $100.00 a month for 12 months and have an honorable discharge.

Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program

Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program

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.

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill® — Selected Reserve

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill® — Selected Reserve

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).

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program

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.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

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 campus. 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.
  • VA Benefits Responsibility Form — Complete the form online and submit directly to the Pat Tillman Veterans Center. You will receive a confirmation email indicating you have submitted the form.
  • VA Enrollment Activity Form — Fill out the form online and submit it. You will receive an email confirmation from the Pat Tillman Veterans Center that you have submitted the form. This enrollment information will be sent to the VA every semester. To notify us of changes you make to your enrollment after submitting the form for any given semester, submit the form again as a revised Enrollment Activity Form by following the choices within the form. 

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, or contact our VetSuccess on Campus counselor, Troy Rundle, for an appointment at 480-727-5627.

Choice Act, Section 702

Choice Act, Section 702

On April 6, 2015, the Governor of Arizona signed House Bill 2091, amending A.R.S. 15-1802 to comply with the “Choice Act” Section 702. Eligible veterans and dependents can be granted immediate residency, thereby receiving in-state tuition rates, by:

  • Residing in the state
  • Completing at least one of the following:
  1. Registering to vote in Arizona
  2. Getting an Arizona driver license
  3. Arizona motor vehicle registration
  4. Employment history in Arizona
  5. Transfer of major banking services to Arizona
  6. Change of permanent address on all pertinent records
  7. Other materials of whatever kind or source relevant to domicile or residency status

Eligible individuals must be a veteran, or a spouse or dependent of a veteran, that has been discharged within the last 36 months from a period of active duty that was 90 days or longer AND using either VA Chapter 30 or Chapter 33 benefits.

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance (TA) is a Department of Defense program. The program is not administered or monitored by the VA. TA rules vary by branch of service and can even vary between different units within the same branch. The Education Service Officer at your military installation should be your starting point for questions regarding TA, as well as the obtaining the necessary application forms. Additionally, TA DECIDE is a tool developed by the Department of Defense which can help in choosing your school.

For additional information about Tuition Assistance, check out our step-by-step guide for getting started. 

Tuition Assistance (TA) Return Policy

Tuition Assistance (TA) Return Policy

ASU recognizes that active duty members may not always be able to complete their classes, due to unforeseen military commitments.  Department of Defense (DoD) policy requires a return of TA funds, when a class is withdrawn, prior to completing at least 60% of the course. Returns of tuition assistance are prorated based on the percentage of completed class time, as noted in the schedules below. Students will be responsible for reimbursing ASU for the amount of TA that ASU refunds to the DoD.

For additional questions, please contact or call 855-278-5080 and ask to be connected to a Sponsored Billing Specialist.

Fall/Spring Session A and B    
% Completed % Refunded to DOD
Week 1 0% - 15% 100%
Week 2 30% 80%
Week 3 45% 65%
Week 4 55% 45%
Week 5 - 7 60% and above 0%
Fall/Spring Session C    
% Completed % Refunded to DOD
Week 1 - 2 0% -15% 100%
Week 3 20% 85%
Week 4 30% 80%
Week 5 35% 70%
Week 6 45% 65%
Week 7 50% 50%
Week 8 55% 45%
Week 9 - 14 60% and above 0%
Summer Session A and B    
% Completed % Refunded to DOD
Week 1 0% -15% 100%
Week 2 30% 80%
Week 3 50% 50%
Week 4 - 6 60% and above 0%
Summer Session C    
% Completed % Refunded to DOD
Week 1 0% -15% 100%
Week 2 25% 90%
Week 3 40% 75%
Week 4 50% 50%
Week 5 - 8 60% and above 0%


VA Work-Study Program

VA Work-Study Program

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.

Kickers and Additional Contributions

Kickers and Additional Contributions

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.

Tuition Deferments

Tuition Deferments

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.

General guidelines

Academic progress

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 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

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.



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.

Concurrent enrollment

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.

Direct deposit

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 education 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 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.

More information

"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

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