Post 9/11 GI Bill
Beginning August 1, 2009 the Post 9/11 GI Bill gives veterans up to 36 months of education benefits that includes tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, and a book stipend of up to $1000 annually. Veterans can pursue graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational or technical training, on-the-job training, flight training, licensing, as well as other educational endeavors. Veterans have up to 15 years from the date of discharge to use these benefits.
Montgomery GI Bill
This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans. You may be eligible if you have an honorable discharge, a high school diploma or GED, and you meet certain other requirements. To be eligible you must have paid into the program by deducting $100 per month for the first 12 months of enlistment from your military pay. You usually have 10 years to use your education benefits. You may apply online or call 888-GI-BILL-1 (888-442-4551) for more information. The VA representative at any VA approved college or university will also help you apply.
Chapter 35 Benefits
Dependents’ Education Assistance is a monthly education benefit for spouses, surviving spouses, and children of a permanently and totally disabled veteran. You may be eligible for Chapter 35 benefits if you fall under one of the following categories:
- Spouse of veteran rated permanently and totally disabled by the VA.
- Surviving spouse in receipt of Dependency & Indemnity Compensation benefits.
- Child of a veteran who is rated permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected disability or who died in service or died as the result of a service-connected disability.
The person who is entitled to Chapter 35 benefits receives 45 months of assistance under this program. A veteran’s spouse is eligible for education assistance for 10 years from the date of permanent total disability notification. The eligibility period is extended to 20 years from date of death if the death occurred on active duty or if the veteran was found to be permanently and totally disabled within 3 years of discharge from service. A child is eligible between the age of 18 (or completion of high school) until age 26. For more specific information contact our office or visit the Dependents Education Assistance website.
The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs offers four year education scholarships for children of deceased, disabled, combat or POW/MIA veterans. For more information on the scholarships requirements visit the NC4VETS website to download the application packet.