There are several military education benefits that are available to veterans, active-duty service members, and dependents and spouses of service members/veterans. Each military education benefit listed below provides you with general information regarding eligibility requirements. The information given does not guarantee eligibility for benefits. Any specific questions regarding military education benefits should be referred to the Department of Veteran Affairs. Their contact information and website are listed for you under Additional Resources.
New **The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017, commonly referred to as the “Forever GI Bill®,” was signed into law on August 16, 2017. A number of changes will take into effect now and in the future. Here are some of the highlights of the Forever GI Bill®, and you can also learn more online.
- Elimination of 15-year Limitation to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Program The law removes the time limitation for the use of Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits for individuals whose last discharge or release from active duty is on or after January 1, 2013, children of deceased Service members who first become entitled to Post-9/11 GI Bill® program benefits on or after January 1, 2013, and all Fry spouses. All others remain subject to the current 15-year time limitation for using their Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits.
- Reserve Duty That Counts Toward Post-9/11® Eligibility The time that a Reservist was ordered to active duty to receive authorized medical care, be medically evaluated for disability, or complete a
Department of Defense (DoD) health care study on or after September 11, 2001, now counts as active duty toward eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® program. An individual may use this entitlement to pursue a course of education beginning on or after August 1, 2018.
- Changes to Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance The new law decreases the amount of entitlement that new eligible individuals will receive under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program from 45 months to 36 months. This change applies to individuals who first enroll in programs of education after August 1, 2018. Individuals who first enrolled in a
program of education prior to August 1, 2018, would still qualify for a maximum of 45 months of entitlement. This law also increases the amount of educational assistance payable for pursuit of institutional courses and institutional courses under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program. An eligible person will be entitled to a monthly allowance of $1,224 for full-time coursework, $967 for three-quarter time, and $710 for half-time coursework. The increases would be effective October 1, 2018.
- Purple Heart Recipients Service members and honorably discharged Veterans who were awarded a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001 will be entitled to Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits at the
100-percent benefit level for up to 36 months. This is effective on August 1, 2018.
- Yellow Ribbon Extension to Fry and Purple Heart Recipients Recipients of the Fry Scholarship and Purple Heart will be covered under the Yellow Ribbon Program. This is effective August 1, 2018.
- Monthly Housing Based on Campus Student Attends the Majority of their Classes The law requires the monthly housing allowance (MHA) under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® program to be
calculated based on the zip code of the campus where the student physically attends the majority of classes, rather than the location of the institution of higher learning where the student is enrolled. This applies to the first enrollment in an educational program on or after August 1, 2018.
- Reserve Components Monthly Housing Allowance VA will prorate the monthly housing stipend (also referred to as the “monthly housing allowance”) under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® for members of the reserve components of the armed forces. This change will be applicable to a quarter, semester or term commencing on or after August 1, 2018.
- GI Bill® Monthly Housing Allowance Individuals who first use Post-9/11 GI Bill® program on or after January 1, 2018 will receive monthly housing allowance based on DoD’s reduced basic
housing allowance (BAH) for monthly housing rates. Those that began using benefits prior to January 1, 2018 will continue to receive a higher monthly housing rate based in the non-adjusted BAH rates.
Post-9/11 GI Bill®
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is for 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®. The Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
To learn more and to submit an application, please visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.
Yellow Ribbon Program
For information about the Yellow Ribbon Program here at Monmouth University, please click here.
Montgomery GI Bill®—Active Duty (Chapter 30)
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, visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.
Montgomery GI-Bill® Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. 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.
Visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ for more information.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program
(REAP or Chapter 1607)
Please note as of November 25, 2015 this has ended. However, those who are currently or previously were in the REAP program have until November 25, 2019 to use their benefits.
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new 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.
Visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ for more information.
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the government. 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.
Visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ for more information.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31)
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The mission of VR&E is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.
Services that may be provided by VR&E include:
- comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, interests, and needs
- vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning
- employment services such as job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance
- assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives
- if needed, training such as On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships, and non-paid work experiences
- if needed, post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school
- supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling, and referral
- independent living services
To learn more please visit benefits.va.gov/benefits/.
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
To learn more about this assistance program please visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.
New Jersey Army National Guard
- Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)
- FTA will pay up to $250 per semester hour or $167 per quarter hour, for up to 16 semester hours per fiscal year.
For more information, please go to New Jersey Army National Guard (nationalguard.com/select-your-state/NJ)
- Military Order of the Purple Heart’s Scholarship Program (www.purpleheart.org/)
- Veterans United Foundation Scholarship (www.veteransunited.com/about/scholarships/)
- Wells Fargo Scholarships
- The Pat Tillman Foundation Scholars Program
- Fastweb: Scholarship Search (www.fastweb.com)
- Scholarship Programs of the Fisher House Foundation (www.militaryscholar.org)
Information regarding Undergraduate Financial Aid Programs (includes Federal and State Grants, Federal Work Study, and Federal Direct Loans)
Information regarding Graduate Financial Aid Programs (Includes the Federal Direct Loan Program and other aid opportunities)
Please remember military bridge students are not eligible for federal financial aid while they are in provisional student status (first semester).
Shopping Sheet for Veterans and Dependents
A shopping sheet provides costs for undergraduate resident and commuter students, average loan borrowing, general federal aid availability, and graduation and loan default rates.
A shopping sheet is available to students who qualify for military education benefits. If you have not received a shopping sheet and would like one customized just for you, please contact the Financial Aid Office. You will be asked to provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or other military documentation indicating your eligibility for benefits.
Michael Callahan, LSW
Coordinator for Veteran Services
Location: Student Center, Second floor, Room 202D
Financial Aid Office
Location: Wilson Hall room 108 (next to the Admission Office)
Lakewood Vet Center
1255 Route 70; Unit 32N, Parkway Seventy Plaza
Lakewood, NJ 08701
- Veterans Benefits: 1-800-827-1000
- GI Bill®: 1-888-442-4551
- Veterans Benefits Administration (benefits.va.gov/benefits/)
- U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs: Education and Training (www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/)
- U.S. Dept of Defense (www.defense.gov)
- Military.com (www.military.com)
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Paying for College (www.consumerfinance.gov/paying-for-college)
- NASFAA’s Tip Sheet for Military and Veterans
Western Monmouth Habitat for Humanity
- If you have at least a 30% service-related disability and are in need of suitable housing, Western Monmouth Habitat for Humanity invites you to partner with them for a home in western Monmouth County
For more information: Call 732-308-3400