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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.