Veteran

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Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty for at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001 or were discharged with a service-related disability after 30 continuous days. Under this chapter, effective August 1, 2009, eligible participants (veterans, service members, and dependents) pursuing a VA approved training program may receive the following benefits at a percentage based on the length of active duty service:

  1. Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid directly to the school).
  2. Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the primary school (paid directly to the service member or veteran).
  3. Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year (paid directly to the service member or veteran).

Specific Questions about eligibility for VA benefits should be addressed to the VA. For additional information, see www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp.

Yellow Ribbon Program

UNK is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon program. The program is a part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and applies to out of state students who are 100% eligible for the benefit. For eligible students, the Yellow Ribbon program covers the difference between in state tuition and out of state tuition, leaving no out of pocket cost for the student. For more information, contact Veterans Services or see www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon/yellow_ribbon_info_schools.asp.

Chapter 30: Montgomery Bill

There are four eligibility categories with the most common being those individuals who 1) entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985 and 2) contributed $100 a month for 12 months and have an honorable discharge. For additional information, see www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_ad.asp.

Verification

Chapter 30, 1606, or 1607 students are responsible for verifying their own enrollment at the end of each month. You must do this to get your benefit check for school attendance the previous month. This can be accomplished in one of two ways.

Online: Connect to the VA’s website: www.gibill.va.gov/wave and enter your first name, last name, Social Security Number, and password. Click on the link, Verify Monthly Enrollment Status. Check to see your registration status

For Undergraduate Students:

Full time enrollment is 12 hours or more
¾ time enrollments is 11 to 9 hours
½ time enrollment is 8 to 6 hours
Less than half time enrollment is 5 or fewer hour

For Graduate Students:

Full time enrollment is 9 hours or more
¾ time enrollment is 8 to 6 hours
½ time enrollment is 5 to 4 hours

Note 1: UNK Veterans Services will not change your hours if you still fall within a certain enrollment level. (Example: If you are ¾ time at 10 hours and drop a 1 hour class, we will not change your status as you are still ¾ time.)

Note 2: If the WAVE has you listed at full enrollment and you are actually ¾ enrollment, DO NOT MAKE CHANGES. DO NOT VERIFY. Contact the UNK Veterans Services Office. If you make changes on the WAVE, your payments will be stopped.

Phone: If your enrollment has not changed during the month, contact the VA Regional Processing Office by phone at 1-877-823-2378.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program

REAP was established as part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the president or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increase benefits. For additional information, see www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/reap.asp.

Verification

Chapter 30, 1606, or 1607 students are responsible for verifying their own enrollment at the end of each month. You must do this to get your benefit check for school attendance the previous month. This can be accomplished in one of two ways.

Online: Connect to the VA’s website: www.gibill.va.gov/wave and enter your first name, last name, Social Security Number, and password. Click on the link, Verify Monthly Enrollment Status. Check to see your registration status

For Undergraduate Students:

Full time enrollment is 12 hours or more
¾ time enrollments is 11 to 9 hours
½ time enrollment is 8 to 6 hours
Less than half time enrollment is 5 or fewer hour

For Graduate Students:

Full time enrollment is 9 hours or more
¾ time enrollment is 8 to 6 hours
½ time enrollment is 5 to 4 hours

Note 1: UNK Veterans Services will not change your hours if you still fall within a certain enrollment level. (Example: If you are ¾ time at 10 hours and drop a 1 hour class, we will not change your status as you are still ¾ time.)

Note 2: If the WAVE has you listed at full enrollment and you are actually ¾ enrollment, DO NOT MAKE CHANGES. DO NOT VERIFY. Contact the UNK Veterans Services Office. If you make changes on the WAVE, your payments will be stopped.

Phone: If your enrollment has not changed during the month, contact the VA Regional Processing Office by phone at 1-877-823-2378.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment provides educational assistance to veterans with a declared service-connected disability. Vocational Rehabilitation services enables those with disabilities to transition from military service to a successful rehabilitation and on to suitable employment and/or independent living. For additional information, see www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp.