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Educational Benefits

Chapter 33: Post- 9/11 G.I. Bill

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:

1. Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid directly to the school). If the veteran or dependent is eligible at the 100% level, then full tuition and fees are covered. If the veteran or dependent is eligible at less than the 100% rate, then the VA will only pay that percentage of resident (not non-resident) tuition and fees.
2. Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the primary school (paid directly to the servicemember, veteran or dependent); and
3. Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000 per year (paid directly to the servicemember, veteran or dependent).

Note: In Morgantown, full BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) is set at $1143.00 dollars per month with a book stipend of $41.67 per credit hour not to exceed $1,000 dollars per academic year for veterans, servicemembers and dependents who are eligible at 100 percent. Specific questions about eligibility for VA benefits should be addressed to the VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1.

New students Chapter 33: Post-9/11 G.I. Bill

1. Go to benefits.va.gov/gibill/ in order to apply for VA educational benefits. If you are the servicemember and will be using the benefit, you will need to fill out Form 22-1990. If you are a dependent of a veteran, you will fill out Form 22-1990e.
2. The VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Submit the COE to a VA certifying official in the WVU Financial Aid office. You can choose to scan the first page of the document, attach it to an email and send it to veterans@mail.wvu.edu. You can also fax it to our office at 304-293-4890 or elect to bring it in person.
3. Once you are registered for classes, fill out the Coordinator Card application. List only the hours you want to be certified for. If you do not want to be certified, list 0 hours.

Transfer students Chapter 33: Post-9/11 G.I. Bill

1. Submit the COE to a VA certifying official in the WVU Financial Aid office. You can choose to scan the first page of the document, attach it to an email and send it to Veterans@mail.wvu.edu. You can also fax it to our office at 304-293-4890 or elect to bring it in person.
2. Once you are registered for classes, fill out the Coordinator Card application. List only the hours you want to be certified for. If you do not want to be certified, list 0 hours.
3. If you are changing your major, or since you have changed institutions, you must complete a VA Form 22-1995 before your first VA enrollment certification request and submit it to the VA certifying official. You can either obtain this form from a VA certifying official in the WVU Financial Aid office, online at benefits.va.gov/gibill/ or on our Forms page

Note: Since the VA can take up to 8 weeks in order to process educational benefits, it is highly recommended that you fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current year at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Keep in mind that you cannot be considered for any grants, scholarships or loans without completing a FAFSA. In addition, the VA does not pay for Room and Board. Freshman who have to live in a dorm for the duration of two semesters are encouraged to apply for financial aid, the TuitionPay Plan with Sallie Mae or the 60/40 plan. You can find out more about semester based installment plans by contacting the Office of Student Accounts at 304-293-4006 or visiting their webpage at http://studentaccounts.wvu.edu/.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Effective August 1, 2011, the Post- 9/11 GI Bill pays all eligible public school in-state tuition and fees. Since tuition and fees may exceed these amounts for non-resident students, the Yellow Ribbon program allows participating Institutions of Higher Learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fees at a certain level above the in-state charges. The VA then matches the payment. Under West Virginia law, for every eligible veteran who is enrolled or will be enrolled as an undergraduate student, the agreement shall provide for the waiver of fifty percent of the cost of tuition and mandatory fees in an amount to be matched by a contribution of equivalent value from the VA.

Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill

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.

In order to initiate Chapter 30 benefits, the following must occur:

1. Go to benefits.va.gov/gibill/ in order to apply for VA educational benefits. You will need to fill out Form 22-1990.
2. The VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Submit the COE to a VA certifying official in the WVU Financial Aid office. You can choose to scan the first page of the document, attach it to an email and send it to veterans@mail.wvu.edu. You can also fax it to our office at 304-293-4890 or elect to bring it in person.
3. Once you are registered for classes, fill out the Coordinator Card application. List only the hours you want to be certified for. If you do not want to be certified, list 0 hours.
4. If you are changing your major or institution, you must complete VA form 22-1995 on your first VA certification request and submit it to the VA certifying official. You can obtain this form from a VA certifying official in the WVU Financial Aid office, online at benefits.va.gov/gibill/ or at http://wvuveterans.wvu.edu under “New and Returning Students.”

Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program

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.

In order to initiate Chapter 35 benefits, the following must occur:

1. Go to benefits.va.gov/gibill/ in order to apply for VA educational benefits. You will need to fill out Form 22-5490.
2. The VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Submit the COE to a VA certifying official in the WVU Financial Aid office. You can choose to scan the first page of the document, attach it to an email and send it to veterans@mail.wvu.edu . You can also fax it to our office at 304-293-4890 or elect to bring it in person.
3. Once you are registered for classes, please go to http://wvuveterans.wvu.edu and fill out the Coordinator Card. List only the hours you want to be certified for. If you do not want to be certified, list 0 hours.
4. If you are changing your major or institution, you must complete VA Form 22-5495 before your first VA certification request and submit it to the VA certifying official. You can obtain this form from a VA certifying official in the WVU Financial Aid office, online at benefits.va.gov/gibill/ or on our Forms page.

Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill- Selected Reserve

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 6 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).

In order to initiate Chapter 1606 benefits, the following must occur:

1. Go to benefits.va.gov/gibill/ in order to apply for VA educational benefits. You will need to fill out Form 22-1990.
2. Once you are registered for classes, please go to http://wvuveterans.wvu.edu and fill out the Coordinator Card. List only the hours you want to be certified for. If you do not want to be certified, list 0 hours.
3. If you are changing your major or institution, you must complete VA form 22-1995 on your first VA certification request and submit it to the VA certifying official. You can obtain this form from a VA certifying official in the WVU Financial Aid office, online at benefits.va.gov/gibill/ or on our Forms page.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program

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.

In order to initiate Chapter 1607 benefits, the following must occur:

1. Go to benefits.va.gov/gibill/ in order to apply for VA educational benefits. You will need to fill out Form 22-1990.
2. Once you are registered for classes, please go to http://wvuveterans.wvu.edu and fill out the Coordinator Card. List only the hours you want to be certified for. If you do not want to be certified, list 0 hours.
3. If you are changing your major or institution, you must complete VA form 22-1995 on your first VA certification request and submit it to the VA certifying official. You can obtain this form from a VA certifying official in the WVU Financial Aid office, online at benefits.va.gov/gibill/ or on our Forms page.

Note: If you are currently receiving Tuition Assistance from the National Guard, you will have to: 1) submit a new application 60 days prior to the start of each semester. You can find the application at: wvguardtuition.com/ 2) Submit grades after each semester to Kathy Kidd, Director of WV National Guard EEP at Kathy.I.kidd.nfg@mail.mil or Amy Higgs at amy.e.higgs@us.army.mil and, 3) Any grade that results in of an “F” or a withdraw from a class after the first week of school will likely result in a debt that may cause a suspension of Tuition Assistance until the debt is paid.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

This program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. The benefit can be used if the servicemember has a 20 percent or more service-connected disability. In some cases, a servicemember who has a service-connected disability less than 20 percent with the establishment of a serious employment handicap can gain eligibility for VR&E services. The program allows a living expense

In order to initiate Chapter 31 services, the following must occur:

1. Have met with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) for two meetings. The VRC will submit a 28-1905 form to a VA certifying official in the WVU Office of Financial Aid. The VRC can choose to scan the document, attach it to an email and send it to to veterans@mail.wvu.edu. The VRC can also fax it to our office at 304-293-4890 or elect to bring it in person.
2. Once you are registered for classes, please fill out the Coordinator Card application. List only the hours you want to be certified for. If you do not want to be certified, list 0 hours.

Kickers & Additional Contributions

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.

Tuition Assistance

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.
WVU certifying officials do not determine a veteran’s eligibility for benefits. We will assist in the completion of applications and communication of veteran student enrollment to the VA for the purposes of certification and receipt of benefits. For more information regarding Tuition Assistance at WVU, please contact Jessica Michael at jessica.michael@mail.wvu.edu in the Office of Student Accounts or call 304-293-4006.

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