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Veterans Programs

The best person to speak with concerning your benefits is your VA case worker. The VA case worker is assigned when you apply for your benefits through your  VA Education Benefits application. Although you may be eligible for more than one chapter of the GIBILL, you may only choose  one program. Note: if you select the Post 9/11 GIBILL you can not change this later.

The following information is from the WVU website through the GI Bill Website.

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MONTGOMERY GI BILL

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available for those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. MGIB encompasses both the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30) and The Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606). Under Chapter 30, Active Duty members enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months; and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation. Under Chapter 1606, a reservist must be actively drilling and have a 6-year obligation in the Selected Reserve to be eligible.

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.

For more information see:

Information for active duty personnel.

Information for reservists.

POST 9/11 GI BILL (CHAPTER 33)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training. All training programs must be offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for GI Bill benefits. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay your tuition based upon the highest in-state tuition charged by a public educational institution in the state where the school is located. The amount of support that an individual may qualify for depends on where she/he lives and what type of degree she/he is pursuing, e.g. online or traditional classroom delivery.

Find more information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

VA VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION (CHAPTER 31)

Don’t let your service connected disability stop you from obtaining your educational goals. The VA will help those who qualify by paying tuition, fees, books and supplies, as well as, providing many other valuable services.

Veterans need to make application with a VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and have the necessary disability rating.

Find more information on vocational rehabilitation.


SURVIVORS AND DEPENDENTS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (Chapter 35)

Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA)

If you’re the child or spouse of a Veteran or service member who has died, is captured or missing, or has disabilities, you may be able to get help paying for school or job training through the DEA program—also called Chapter 35.

You will get a monthly payment to help you cover the cost of:

  • College or graduate degree programs
  • Career-training certificate courses
  • Educational and career counseling
  • Apprenticeships
  • On-the-job training

Note: If you began using this program to pay for your school or training before August 1, 2018, you can get benefits for up to 45 months. If you began using the program on or after August 1, 2018, you can get benefits for up to 36 months.

Check eligibility 

Apply for benefits


Fry Scholarship

Is a scholarship for children and spouses of certain Veterans. If your parent or spouse died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, while serving in one of the Armed Forces, or was a member of the Selected Reserve who died from a service-connected disability, you may qualify for this benefit.

You may receive up to 36 months of benefits, including:

  • Money for tuition
  • Money for housing
  • Money for books and supplies

Check Eligibility for FRY Scholarship

  Apply for Benefits for FRY Scholarship

What if I qualify for both DEA and the Fry Scholarship?

You’ll need to pick one or the other. Once you make this choice, you can’t switch to the other program.

Exception: If you’re the child of a service member who died in the line of duty before August 1, 2011, you can use both DEA and the Fry Scholarship and get up to 81 months of education and training. You’ll need to use one program at a time.

Required paperwork to use this benefit at WVU

  1. Complete the  Bunker Intake/Agreement Form
  2. A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

CHAPTER 1606 - MONTGOMERY GI BILL® SELECTED RESERVE (MGIB-SR)

The Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program offers up to 36 months of education and training benefits. If you’re a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard, you may be eligible for this benefit.

Check Eligibility for Chapter 1606 
Apply for Benefits for Chapter 1606

Important Information

  • To receive payment, you must verify your enrollment with the VA at the end of every month. You can do this by phone at 877-823-2378 or the website at  www.gibill.va.gov/wave.


WV NATIONAL GUARD TUITION ASSISTANCE

Funded by the West Virginia National Guard, the WV Educational Encouragement Program (WVEEP) is an education benefit that provides up to $7,000 (as prescribed by The Adjutant General) per Service Member per fiscal year. State tuition assistance may be used in addition to federal tuition assistance, the GI Bill®, and Pell Grants. This benefit is available to active drilling members (not AGR).

Check eligibility 

Apply for benefits



Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)

Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The Department of Defense (DoD) limits TA up to $250 per semester credit hour and up to $4,500 per year. Each military branch can establish their own specific eligibility criteria and limits to manage their TA funds. DoD pays TA directly to the university.

Army  Marine Corps  Navy  Air Force  Coast Guard  Department of Defense


Army Tuition Assistance  

Benefits Summary

Below is a snapshot of what Army Tuition Assistance (ArmyIgnitED) will cover. To determine your eligibility, please check out the full eligibility requirements posted on the ArmyIgnitED website or contact your Education Services Officer (ESO) directly.

  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour
  • Fiscal year cap of $4,000.
  • Maximum of 16 credit hours may be covered per fiscal year.
  • Soldiers are limited to 130 credit hours to complete one Bachelor’s Degree and 39 credit hours to complete one Master’s Degree. Post-Graduate degrees typically do not qualify for Army Tuition Assistance. One Certificate program may be approved for Army Tuition Assistance.
  • Important note about registration: Army students should make all enrollment changes with West Virginia University directly.
  • TA request timeframe
    • Start: 60 days before term starts
    • End: 5 days before term starts


Apply at ArmyIgnited

*Important Notice: 

If you are requesting TA through Army IgnitED you must also complete the following form:  Army IgnitED TA Request (TAR) Form. This form is used solely by The Center for Veteran, Military and Family Programs and notifies the staff to upload your classes into the IgnitED system.


Marine Corps Tuition Assistance

Benefits SummaryBelow is a snapshot of what Marine Corps Tuition Assistance will cover. To determine your eligibility for this benefit, you may review the information at   U.S. Marine Corps Tuition Assistance , or contact your Education Office directly.

  • Must be on Active Duty or “Activated Reservist” status to be eligible. Marines in an awaiting training (MAT) status are eligible as well.
  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour.
  • Fiscal year cap of $4,500.
  • Maximum of 18 credit hours may be covered per fiscal year.
  • TA cannot be approved for more than two TA-funded classes simultaneously.


Apply at Marine Corps Community


Navy Tuition Assistance

Benefits Summary

Below is a snapshot of what Navy Tuition Assistance will cover. To determine your eligibility for this benefit, you may review the information on the   U.S. Navy College website, or contact your Education Office directly.

  • Must be on Active Duty or “Activated Reserve” status
  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour
  • Fiscal year cap of $4,500.00, or 18 credit hours (Effective Oct 1, 2021)
  • Must have 3 years minimum service to be eligible (Effective Oct 1, 2021)
  • TA request timeframe:
    • Start: 120 days before term starts
    • End: 14 days before term starts


Apply at Navy Tuition Assistance


Air Force Tuition Assistance
Benefits Summary

Below is a snapshot of what Air Force Tuition Assistance will cover. To determine your eligibility for this benefit, you may review the information on the   Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) portal, or contact your Education Office directly.

  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour
  • Fiscal year cap of $4,500.
  • Maximum of 18 credit hours may be covered per fiscal year.
  • Airmen are limited to 124 credit hours to complete one undergraduate program and 42 credit hours to complete one graduate program (Some restrictions may apply).
  • TA request timeframe:
    • Start: 45 days before term starts
    • End: 7 day before term starts


Apply at Air Force MilTA


Coast Guard Tuition Assistance

Benefits Summary

Below is a snapshot of what Coast Guard Tuition Assistance will cover. To determine your eligibility for this benefit, you may review the information on the   Coast Guard’s TA Policies web page, or contact your Education Office directly.

  • Active Duty or Reservists on long term orders (180 days+) are eligible
  • Covers up to $250 per credit hour
  • Fiscal year cap of $3,750
  • TA request timeframe
    • Start: 90 days before term starts
    • End: 16 days before term starts


Apply at Coast Guard


DoD Tuition Assistance

Benefits Summary

Below is a snapshot of what DoD Tuition Assistance may cover. To determine your eligibility, please contact your Human Resources Office or Office Supervisor directly.

  • Must be an employee of the U.S. Department of Defense
  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour
  • Fiscal year cap of $4,500
  • May cover up to 18 credit hours per military fiscal year


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