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VA Educational Benefits Breakdown

Forever GI Bill (Chapter 33/33D)

  • The “Forever GI Bill” is an extension of the “Post 9/11 Educational Bill”. Veterans that served on or after January 1, 2013, are granted unlimited time limit to utilize their Post 9/11 educational benefits.
  • Students receive a monthly housing allowance, a book stipend, tuition and fees paid directly to the school, and tutoring assistance. Additionally, at Palomar, CH 33 students are given a Service Indicator which ensures they will not have to pay tuition and fees upfront. CH 33 dependents are eligible for all the same benefits.

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33/33D)

  • CH 33 students receive a monthly housing allowance, a book stipend, tuition and fees paid directly to the school, and tutoring assistance. Additionally, at Palomar, CH 33 students are given a Service Indicator which ensures they will not have to pay tuition and fees upfront. CH 33 dependents are eligible for all the same benefits.
  • To know if you are eligible, a student must file a claim for benefits with the VA. The VA is the only entity that can determine eligibility.
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill has a time limit of 15 years from the date of EAS.

Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)

  • CH 30 students receive a monthly benefit based on a number of factors (time of service, “kickers”, and type of training a student is taking). To get a clear picture of what a student’s monthly benefit would be, they should call the VA education hotline. Note: no tuition/fees are paid directly to the school. The student is responsible for paying their tuition/fees in accordance with Palomar’s policy.
  • CH 30 students do not receive a book stipend, but they are eligible to receive tutoring assistance.
  • There are many different eligibility requirements, the two most basic are graduated from high school/have a GED, and have received an honorable discharge. To determine eligibility, the student must file a claim for benefits through the VA.
  • Montgomery GI Bill has a time limit of 10 years from the date of EAS.

Dependent Education Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

  • CH 35 is a benefit that is afforded to dependents when a service member (their sponsor) is 100% disabled due to service-connected disabilities or they are deceased (KIA or had 100% rating at the time of death). The student must file a claim for benefits with the VA to determine eligibility.
  • Children using this benefit generally have to be within the ages of 18-26. Spouses are eligible 10 years after the VA decides eligibility or 10 years after their spouse’s death.
  • CH 35 students must pay tuition and fees to the school, they receive a monthly allowance, and are eligible to use tutoring assistance. CH 35 students are also allowed to use Veterans Priority Registration while they are using their CH 35 benefits.

 Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

  • CH 31 eligibility is determined based on your disability rating. Students have to partner up with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) at the San Diego Regional office to determine eligibility. It’s a process to advise the student to start ASAP. Generally speaking, students need at least a 10% service-connected disability. First, the student must apply for CH 31 on the VA’s website.
  • Once you are approved for Ch. 31, your VocRehab Counselor must upload a Purchase Order (PO) onto a 3rd party website called Tungsten. This PO is required to certify classes at Palomar. Tuition, Fees, Parking and Student Activity cards are paid for using the PO. Books and supplies, purchases at Follett Bookstore, will be paid with a second PO specific to Follett. The student will be required to pay the student government representation fee unless waived. You can find this process here.

 Montgomery GI Bill: Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606/1607)

  • The Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606) 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, the Coast Guard Reserve, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
  • Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. VA makes the payments for this program. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.
Last modified on March 3, 2020

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