The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a wide range of benefits including educational benefits.
Who is eligible for Veterans Educational Benefits?
- A veteran
- A dependent or spouse of a deceased or 100% permanently disabled veteran
- A member of the Reserves or National Guard
- An active duty service member
VA Educational Benefits
The benefits that a student who is a veteran will qualify for depends on what chapter they fall under.
- Chapter 30: Prior active duty veterans (Montgomery GI Bill)
- Chapter 30/34: The New and Old Montgomery GI Bill
- Chapter 31: Service connected disabled Veteran with a disability status of 20% or more
- Chapter 32: Veteran Educational Assistance Program (VEAP, “Two for One”)
- Chapter 35: Dependents, Widows and Widowers
- Chapter 1606: National Guard or Reserve (Montgomery GI Bill)
Tips on working with veterans
- Has the veteran ever applied for or received any veteran’s education benefits?
- Make sure the ten-year delimiting date (since date of discharge) has not been passed.
- The veteran can enroll as a non-degree seeking student (courses of interest) for two semesters.
- After the first two semester veterans must be a degree-seeking student and have a declared major or their benefits will be terminated.
- The VA will not pay for any classes being audited or changed to an audit. Any class changed to an audit must be reported to the VA office.
- If a veteran fails a class the instructor will be sent a grade/attendance report form. The veteran may have to repay a portion of money received for lack of attendance or non-completion of work assigned.
- Veterans need to notify the Veteran’s Service Office that they are attending Boise State each semester. If they fail to do so their benefits will be delayed.
- Veterans are allowed benefits for a total of 36 months.
- Veterans can apply for financial aid to supplement their benefits.