VA Education Benefits
Applying for Education Benefits
In order to receive your VA Education benefits you will need to apply so that the VA can determine your eligibility. You can apply by completing one of the following forms online using VONAPP (Veterans On-Line Application):
VA Form 22-1990: Initial Application for Education Benefits for military members or veterans
VA Form 22-1990e: For dependents to whom Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) eligibility has been transferred
VA Form 22-5490: For children of disabled veterans applying initially for the Dependent Education Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
If you have already used your VA Education benefits an anther institution, you can transfer your benefits to Vincennes University by filling out one of the following forms online using VONAAP:
VA Form 22-1995: Change in Program/Place of Training, for those who have used the GI Bill at another institution
VA Form 22-5495: Change of Place of Training, for those who have used Chapter 35 benefits at another institution
Options for Benefits
There are significant differences between Chapter 30 and Chapter 33 benefits. You can switch from the Chapter 30 program to Chapter 33, but the change is permanent, and should only be made after you understand the differing amounts of entitlement available under each program. To see a side by side comparison of the various VA Education Benefits programs visit the VA website to utilize the Benefit Comparison Tool.
Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of educational benefits toward a Vincennes University degree or certificate program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Benefits are available to you for 15 years after ending active duty. Under this program, you are entitled to funds based on the length of time you were active duty. Dependents may also use Chapter 33 benefits transferred to them by their sponsor.
Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)—Active Duty
The Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits toward a Vincennes University degree or certificate program for veterans who entered active duty beginning July 1, 1985. Benefits are available to you for 10 years after ending active duty. You must have contributed $1,200 to the MGIB during your first year on active duty to be eligible.
Chapter 31: Disabled Veterans Qualified for Vocational Rehabilitation
In most cases, in order to receive Vocational Rehabilitation education benefits, you must receive monthly VA disability payments. However, exceptions are made in some cases. This award will cover tuition, books, supplies, and other education-related expenses. Application is separate and distinct from the education benefit applications. Contact Veterans Support Services for further information.
Chapter 35: Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance
Dependents’ Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. Limitations for receiving benefits vary with age, and the circumstances surrounding the veteran’s discharge.
Fry Scholar Supplemental Grant
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001. Eligible beneficiaries attending school may receive up to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level.
Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve
The Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve benefits are available to members of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard. Funding will be provided toward your Vincennes University degree or certificate program.
Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) for Those Called to Active Duty under the National Call to Service Program
REAP provides up to 36 months of benefits for members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve, and National Guard who are placed on active duty because of war or other national emergency.