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Working with Veterans

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)

For a full description, check the Veterans Services website

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.

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