There are a multitude of options offered from the government to complete your education. From standard financial aid to the many military benefits programs, our office of Veterans Services can guide you through this process so that your college experience begins seamlessly.
New VA Education Benefits Comparison Tool
Please use the VA Comparison Tool to calculate your VA education benefits. This is a great tool to show you how much you would receive based on your benefit chapter and percentage. Remember to come into our office to fill out all required VA applications and paperwork in order to receive your actual benefits.
Your Education Benefits Options
1. Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB)
The Montgomery G.I. Bill program provides up to 36 months of benefits to eligible individuals who entered military service on or after July 1, 1985, who had their basic military pay reduced by $100.00 per month for the first 12 months of their service and received a discharge specified as "HONORABLE" are eligible.
2. Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program
A veteran of W.W.II or thereafter who has a service connected disability which entitles him/her to DVA disability compensation and who is in need of vocational rehabilitation because the disability creates an unemployable handicap may be eligible for Chapter 31 benefits.
3. Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
4. Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve
Individuals who have agreed to serve six years in the selected reserve, on or after July 1,1985, re-enlisted or extended an enlistment for a period of at least six years may be eligible. Note: Active duty personnel are reimbursed for tuition and fees only, but are accessed entitlements charges at the rate of attend.
5. Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB)
For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post 9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children starting Aug. 1, 2009. Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits may also be transferred through the new Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship. The scholarship expands eligibility under the Post-9/11 GI Bill to include children of an active duty service member in the Armed Forces who dies in the line of duty. More detailed provisions of the Fry Scholarship.
6. Chapter 35 - Survivors & Dependents Educational Assistance Rate Table
Sons, daughters, and spouses of a veteran who dies on active duty, was released from active duty due to a service connected disability, permanently and totally disabled, MIA, POW, or detained by a foreign government while on or in the line of duty, may be eligible for benefits. Generally, the eligibility period for sons and daughters is between the ages of 18 and 26 years of age. A spouse may use educational benefits during a 10 year period after eligibility is found. A surviving spouse may use those benefits during a 10 year period after the veterans death or 10 years after the DVA determines the veterans death was caused by a service connected disability, provided the surviving spouse does not marry.
7. Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP)
The Michigan National Guard provides this state benefit for its Soldiers and Airmen to utilize while they are currently serving and attending an Institution of Higher Learning. This benefit is paid as a reimbursement to the Guard Member, and will pay up to $14,400 per school year.
8. Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)
If you are an active duty or Guard/Reserve service member, Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) through the Department of Defense may be available to you to utilize while attending an Institution of Higher Learning. FTA will pay up to $4500 per school year depending on your branch of service. FTA pays tuition costs only, it does not pay for fees associated with attended college.