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Veterans Educational Assistance

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers educational assistance to veterans who contributed towards their education while on active duty; and attend an eligible institution for the Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits for all chapters of the GI Bill .

For information related to VA Educational Assistance forms, benefit requirements, helpful websites, and local agency contacts, please view:  Veterans Administration – Miscellaneous Information

Benefit Types

Chapter Chapter Name Duty Funds Requirements Funds Payable To Benefit Timeframe
30 Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Since 7/1/1985 Student 36 months
33 Post-9/11 GI Bill Aggregate Active Duty Since 9/11/2001 School 36 months
35 Survivors and Dependents (DEA) N/A Student 45 months
1606 Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve Six year commitment after 6/30/1985 Student 36 months within 10 years
1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Consecutive Active Duty Since 9/11/2001 Student 30 months within 10 years

*If funds are made payable to the student, please remember to make payment for your tuition and fees at the beginning of each semester.

 *Note: North Carolina National Guard tuition assistance is considered third party and completed authorization forms need to be submitted to the VGCC Business Office prior to payment deadlines.

Additional Notes:

  • Montgomery GI Bill – Chapter 30, Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607 students are required to verify their enrollment at the end of each month by one of the following processes:
    1. Call toll-free 1 (877) 823-2378 or
    2. Visit the WAVE website for Web Automated Verification of Enrollment
  • Department of Defense (DoD) announced that they will no longer authorize Tuition Assistance for classes for which a member is also receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve program (chapter 1606 of title 10, United States Code).

Comparison Tool:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched an innovative new GI Bill® Comparison Tool designed to make it easier for Veterans to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. The GI Bill® Comparison Tool is designed to enable student Veterans and their families to compare education options and make informed choices that will help them reach their educational goals and find a good job.

For additional information, please contact the VGCC Financial Aid Office at (252)738-3280 or the VA at: 1 (888) GIBILL-1 or 1 (888) 442-4551.