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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.
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:
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 2015 –16 academic year with up to 150 slots for undergraduates and 3 slots for graduate students. 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 for resident status under Section 702 of the Veterans Access to Care, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. Students that are attending ASU Online are not charged different rates based upon residency and therefore do not need Yellow Ribbon funding.
ASU is committed to ensuring we comply with the Section 702 of the Choice Act. Please visit our residency classification guidelines at http://students.asu.edu/residency.
The VA mandates that Yellow Ribbon applications be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 2015-2016 academic year at 8 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time/Arizona Time) on Friday, June 12, 2015. 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 12 will be marked as received at 11:59 p.m. on that day.
Yellow Ribbon award notifications will be sent by email on June 29, 2015.
The application link will be active in this space beginning May 18, 2015.
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.
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.
Additional forms required:
If you make any changes to your schedule after submitting your VA Enrollment Activity Form before the drop/add period, you may make changes directly to the same online form. If you make changes to your schedule after the drop/add period, file class changes via the Enrollment Change Notification, clearly stating your last date of attendance.
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.
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:
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 is a Department of Defense program. The program is not administered or monitored by the VA. Tuition Assistance rules vary by branch of service and even vary between different units within the same branch of service depending on whether the unit is active, reserve or National Guard. Questions regarding Tuition Assistance, as well as the obtaining of application forms, should be directed to the veteran student's unit education service officer.
Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE is a new tool developed by the Department of Defense to allow Service members interested in using TA benefits to access essential information including average TA costs, course completion, graduation and estimated tuition and fee amounts for the 2,600+ approved schools eligible for TA.
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.
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.