Veteran Affairs Benefits

Post-911 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. Institutions of higher learning participating in the Yellow Ribbon program may make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. The following payments may also be available:

  • Monthly housing allowance
  • Annual books and supplies stipend
  • One-time rural benefit payment

Yellow Ribbon Program

Institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) may elect to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.

Degree-granting institutions of higher learning participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon program agree to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. These institutions voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon agreement with VA and choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA matches that amount and issues payments directly to the institution.

YELLOW RIBBON ELIGIBLE PROGRAMS

SCHOOL/COLLEGE LEVEL STUDENTS PER YEAR AMOUNT/STUDENT
College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, School of Nursing and Health Professions (excluding Degree Completion Students) All Undergraduate 112 $5,000
College of Arts and Sciences Graduate 15 $6,074
School of Education Graduate 9 $5,933
School of Law Graduate 5 $5,000
School of Management Graduate 35 $13,625
School of Nursing and Health Professions Graduate 11 $4,810

MARINE GUNNERY SERGEANT JOHN DAVID FRY SCHOLARSHIP

Public Law 111-32, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Eligible children attending school may receive:

  • Full tuition and fees paid directly to the school for all public school in-state students. For those attending private or foreign schools tuition and fees are capped at a statutory maximum amount per academic year
  • A monthly housing allowance
  • A books and supplies stipend

MONTGOMERY GI BILL

MONTGOMERY GI BILL ACTIVE DUTY (MGIB-AD, CHAPTER 30)

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. 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.

MONTGOMERY GI BILL SELECTED RESERVE (MGIB-SR, CHAPTER 1606)

The MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.

RESERVE EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (REAP, CHAPTER 1607)

REAP provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress. Certain Reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after Sept. 11, 2001, may be eligible for benefits.

VETERANS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (VEAP, CHAPTER 32)

VEAP is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. The government matches your contributions on a two-for-one basis. Benefit entitlement is for one to 36 months depending on the number of monthly contributions. You have ten years from your release from active duty to use VEAP benefits. If the entitlement is not used after the ten-year period, your portion remaining in the fund will be automatically refunded.

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (CHAPTER 31)

You may receive vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment. One of the services that may be provided by the VR&E program includes post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical, or business school.

SURVIVORS AND DEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (DEA, CHAPTER 35)

Benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. You may receive up to 45 months of education benefits. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, some DEA beneficiaries may be eligible for up to 81 months of GI Bill benefits if they use the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance program in conjunction with an entitlement from other VA education programs.

Questions

Current students, please email veterans@usfca.edu or contact Lara Kleine at (415) 422-2789.
Prospective students, please contact Josie Banez at (415) 422-3877.