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CHAPTER 30

MONTGOMERY GI BILL® ACTIVE DUTY (MGIB-AD)

Refer to: https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/montgomery-active-duty/

Eligibility

The MGIB-AD program—sometimes known as Chapter 30—provides education benefits to Veterans and Service members who have at least two years of active duty. You may be an eligible if you have an honorable discharge; AND you have a high school diploma or GED or in some cases 12 hours of college credit; AND you meet the additional eligibility requirements.

Available Benefits

Eligible Service members may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, any college fund eligibility, and if you contributed to the $600 buy-up program. You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be fewer or more years depending on the situation.

View current payment rates (find your Chapter in the list).

CHAPTER 31

Veteran readiness AND EMPLOYMENT (VR&E)

Refer to: http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/

Eligibility

  • Receive a discharge other than dishonorable
  • Service-connected disability rating of 10% or more from the VA

Period of Eligibility: 12 years from the date of separation from active military service, or date the veteran was first notified by VA of service-connected disability rating.

Available Benefits

You may receive Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans and Service members in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.

Call the Salt Lake City VR&E Office at 801-326-2431 for an appointment.

CHAPTER 33

POST 9/11 GI BILL

Refer to: https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/post-9-11/

Eligibility

Eligibility You may be eligible for education benefits if you meet at least one of the requirements listed below.

  • You served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service) on or after September 11, 2001, or
  • You received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
  • You served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break in service) on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability, or You're a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying Veteran or service member.

Note: If you’re a member of the Reserves who lost education benefits when the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) ended in November 2015, you may qualify to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Available Benefits

A percentage (based on active duty time) of in-state tuition and fees are paid directly to the school for public school students

  • Monthly housing allowance
  • Annual books and supplies stipend

View current payment rates (find your Chapter in the list).

CHAPTER 33 TOE

POST 9/11 GI BILL® TRANSFER OF ENTITLEMENT

Refer to: https://www.va.gov/education/transfer-post-9-11-gi-bill-benefits/

The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Service members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The request to transfer unused GI Bill benefits to eligible dependents must be completed while serving as an active member of the Armed Forces. The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Once the DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at VA.

Eligibility

Family members must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and be eligible for benefits at the time of transfer to receive transferred benefits.

The option to transfer is open to any member of the armed forces active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted who is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and meets the criteria established by the Department of Defense.

  • Please visit DoD's milconnect site if you are eligible to transfer your benefits

Available Benefits

  • A percentage (based on the veteran's active duty time) of in-state tuition and fees are paid directly to the school for public school students.
  • Monthly housing allowance
  • Annual books and supplies stipend

View current payment rates (find your Chapter in the list).

CHAPTER 35

SURVIVORS’ AND DEPENDENTS’ EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Refer to: https://www.va.gov/education/survivor-dependent-benefits/dependents-education-assistance/

Eligibility

If you’re the child or spouse of a Veteran or service member who has died, is captured or missing, or has disabilities, you may be able to get help paying for school or job training through the DEA program—also called Chapter 35. Click on the URL above to see eligibility details for spouses and children.

Available Benefits

A monthly payment to help you cover the cost of college or graduate degree programs, career-training certificate courses, educational and career counseling, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training.

View current payment rates (find your Chapter in the list).

FRY SCHOLARSHIP

MARINE GUNNERY SERGEANT JOHN DAVID FRY SCHOLARSHIP

Refer to: https://www.va.gov/education/survivor-dependent-benefits/fry-scholarship/

Eligibility

If your parent or spouse was an active-duty service member who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, you may qualify for this benefit. Click on the URL above to see eligibility details.

Available Benefits

  • A percentage (based on active duty time) of in-state tuition and fees are paid directly to the school for public school students
  • Monthly housing allowance
  • Annual books and supplies stipend

View current payment rates (find Fry Scholarship in the list).

CHAPTER 1606

MONTGOMERY GI BILL - SELECTED RESERVE (MGIB-SR)

Refer to: https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/montgomery-selected-reserve/

Eligibility

  • MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard or Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments.
  • Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training it is necessary to have a six year commitment that begins after Sept. 30, 1990.
  • Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT).
  • Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement.
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit. You will also retain MGIB-SR eligibility if you were discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.
  • Your eligibility for the program normally ends the day you leave the Selected Reserve.

Available Benefits

Eligible Service Members may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. View current payment rates (find your Chapter in the list).

TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

FEDERAL TA, STATE TA, STATE WAIVER

 We recommend you speak with an Education Service Officer (ESO) prior to enrolling at UVU. For point of contact information for Utah National Guard or Reserves, visit our Resources page. Please visit the bottom section of our Required Forms page for help navigating the UVU side of the process. For information about the military side of the process, please visit one of the following sites:

Federal Tuition Assistance

State Tuition Assistance / Waiver (National Guard)

UVU VETERAN SUCCESS SCHOLARSHIP

 

The UVU Veteran Success Scholarship was established in 2016 to benefit Utah Valley University students who are either veterans or dependent children or spouses of veterans.

The scholarship is awarded in two categories:

  • Merit-based (based upon academic performance), and
  • Needs-based

The scholarship application period is October through January of each year, and the money awarded is then applied to the following fall and spring semesters. The amount awarded to recipients is $1,000. This money is split across the two semesters evenly, $500 to fall and $500 to spring.

The scholarship is designed to not interfere or penalize students who are also utilizing the GI Bill®. Eligibility requirements apply. Applications are to be completed on the UVU Scholarships website, as outlined in the steps on this page.

How to Apply

  1. Visit the UVU Scholarships website.
  2. Click Apply Now.
  3. At the top right, sign in with your student login.
  4. Complete the General Application that applies to all Scholarships. Afterward, navigate back to the list of all scholarships.
  5. In the search bar, type “veteran success.”
  6. Complete supplemental questions for the Veteran Success Scholarship.

PURPLE HEART TUITION WAIVER


UVU recognizes recipients of the Purple Heart with a Tuition Waiver option; however, student must still pay fees. The waiver covers up to 18 credits of Utah resident undergraduate tuition per semester, and/or up to $10,000 graduate tuition total (not per semester).

Visit the bottom of our Required Forms page to start setting up this waiver.

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