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.
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/.
For information about the Yellow Ribbon Program here at Monmouth University, please click here.
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/.
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.
(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.
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.
Section 901 is an Educational Assistance Test Program created by the Department of Defense Authorization Act of 1981 (Public Law 96-342) to encourage enlistment and reenlistment in the Armed Forces. Benefits are available to individuals who entered on active duty after September 30, 1980, and before October 1, 1981, (or before October 1, 1982, if entry was under a delayed enlistment contract signed between September 30, 1980, and October 1, 1981).
PLEASE NOTE: Although Public Law 96-342 established a beginning date for the test program as October 1, 1980, the military service departments did not start offering the test program to new enlistees until December 1, 1980.
Air Force Eligibility Requirements for Section 901
All three of the following criteria must have been met to establish eligibility for this benefit:
This National Call to Service Incentive program requires a participant to perform a period of national service to be eligible for benefits. It is a Department of Defense program that is administered by VA.
To learn more, visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.
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:
To learn more please visit benefits.va.gov/benefits/.
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/.
For more information, please go to New Jersey Army National Guard (njarmyguard.com/eso/)
Federal financial aid is available to students who are in a degree-seeking or certificate program and have completed a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). State aid may also be available to undergraduate New Jersey residents and will be based upon the FAFSA results. For more information regarding the FAFSA application process please click here.
Types of Financial Aid
Please remember military bridge students are not eligible for federal financial aid while they are in provisional student status (first semester).
NASFAA's Tip Sheet for Military and Veterans
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, LSWCoordinator for Veteran ServicesLocation: Student Center, Second floor, Room 202DE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 732-263-5258
Tabitha ConlanFinancial Aid OfficeLocation: Wilson Hall room 108 (next to the Admission Office)E-mail: email@example.comPhone: 732-263-5506
Lakewood Vet Center1255 Route 70; Unit 32N, Parkway Seventy PlazaLakewood, NJ 08701Phone: 732-905-0327Fax: 732-905-0329Web: http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/
For more information: Call 732-308-3400