Veteran Affairs Information

Do You Qualify?

Chapters:

#30 Montgomery GI Bill

A Brighter FutureCAT IA - First entered active duty after 6/30/85 for less than three years. Paid in $1,200, HONORABLE discharge, has high school diploma or equivalent. No reserve time.

CAT IB - First entered active duty after 6/30/85 for three years or longer. Paid in $1,200, HONORABLE discharge, has high school diploma or equivalent.

CAT IC - First entered active duty after 6/30/85, served at least two years of continuous HONORABLE active duty service, contracts for at least four years in Selected Reserve (within 1 year from active duty discharge date), paid in $1,200, HONORABLE discharge, has high school diploma or equivalent.

CAT I - First entered active duty after 6/30/85, has already served at least two continuous years of HONORABLE active duty service, is still on Active duty, paid in $1,200, has high school diploma or equivalent.

CAT IIA - OLD GI BILL CROSSOVER INTO MONTGOMERY GI BILL - Signed up for active duty by 12/31/76, had no break in service from 10/19/84 through 6/30/88 OR was not on active duty on 10/19/84 due to broken service, but had active duty service sometime during the period 10/19/84 and 6/30/85 AND continued on active duty without a break for the period required to establish MGIB entitlement, HONORABLE discharge, has high school diploma or equivalent.

CAT IIB - OLD GI BILL CROSSOVER INTO MONTGOMERY GI BILL - Signed up for active duty by 12/31/76, had no break in service from 10/19/84 through 6/30/85 OR was not on active duty on 10/19/84 due to broken service, but had active duty service sometime during the period 10/19/84 and 6/30/85 AND served on active duty for at least two continuous years from 7/1/85 through at least 6/30/87, contracts for at least four years in Selected Reserve (within one year from active duty discharge date), HONORABLE discharge, has high school diploma or equivalent.

CAT II - OLD GI BILL CROSSOVER INTO MONTGOMERY GI BILL - Signed up for active duty by 12/31/76, had no break in service from 10/19/84 6/30/88 OR was not on active duty on 10/19/84 due to broken service, but had active duty service sometime during the period 10/19/84 and 6/30/85 AND continued on active duty without a break for the period required to establish MGIB entitlement, is still on active duty, has high school diploma or equivalent.

#31 Vocational Rehabilitation
For ten percent disabled Vets
For more information call 800.827.1000

#1606 National Guard (Reserve)
Six Year Obligation. Needs to have NOBE (Notice of Basic Eligibility) from Commanding Officer
Money for this chapter is less than for Chapter 30

#35 Dependents Educational Assistance
Must be spouse, daughter, son, step-daughter, stepson or adopted child of a veteran who is 100 percent permanently and totally
disabled or deceased as a result of service.

#32 VEAP (Veterans Educational Assistance Program)
Entered active duty between 1/1/77 & 6/30/85 and paid into VEAP program

For more information concerning qualification, please call the Veteran's Administration at 888.442.4551 or TDD 800.829.4833 Or check out their website at http://www.GIBILL.VA.GOV

Certification Process

If you qualify, you are required to do the following:

New VA Students: You must submit an application for benefits to VACO (VA Certifying Officer) along with a request for certification and a degree plan. Initial processing takes 6-8 weeks from the time the Regional office in Muskogee, Oklahoma receives the application. You may call 1.888.442.4551 to check on the status of your paperwork.

Returning VA Students: Each semester you must submit a request for certification and an updated degree plan.

All VA Students: You must notify VACO of ANY changes made to enrollment.

VA will pay only for classes required for degree plans and for repeated classes if a better grade is required for your degree plan.

All VA forms may be obtained at the Registrar's Office and Degree plans from the Records Clerks.

Advance Pay Option

You are eligible for Advance Pay if:

  • You have never received VA benefits before;
  • You have been out of school for at least one semester; and
  • It is at least 30 days before the beginning of the semester

Please note that you will receive your first check quickly but your second check will not be received for at least 60 days after that.

Monthly Certification

Submit your monthly certification through the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or call 877.823.2378.

VA Certifying Officials

Margaret Estrada
562.2185