The Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA) at Chico is designed to assist veterans
and their dependents in reaching their educational goals. The OVA staff
are your liaisons to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and they
will make every effort to provide speedy educational benefit payment with
a minimal amount of difficulty.
Eligibility for VA educational benefits can be extended to veterans, reservists,
and children of service-connected deceased or disabled veterans under
the following programs:
The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)
Enlistment after July 1, 1985 is required.
The serviceperson must have participated in the pay reduction program.
The monthly payment rate will vary with the length and type of service.
Monthly self-certification is required to insure benefit payments.
Reservists Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 1606)
Enlistment or extension for
six years of reserve duty after July 1, 1985 is required. This program
does not require a contribution by the service member, but the reservist
must be actively drilling.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program
This program is available to certain veterans who have a service-connected
disability of 20 percent or greater. It provides a monthly stipend and
also covers the cost of tuition, books, supplies, and tutorial or special
assistance. Although the date of entry to active service is not considered,
students should use this benefit within twelve years of the date of discharge.
Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 32)VEAPPost Vietnam
Enlistment between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 is required. The
total VEAP benefit is calculated by adding the amount of personal and Department
of Defense contributions made during the years of active service. The normal
maximum rate of payment is $225 per month for thirty-six months. The Department
of Defense may make additional contributions which will raise the monthly
Dependents GI Bill (Chapter 35)
A child or spouse of a service-connected
deceased or 100-percent-permanently disabled veteran may be eligible for
VA educational assistance. The marital status of a dependent child is not
a factor in determining eligibility. Benefits may be used until the dependent
has reached the age of twenty-six or for eight years from the date that
eligibility is determined, whichever is later.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Toll-Free Telephone Number:
Military Service Credit
Credit for military experience is granted according
to the reccommendations of the American Council on Education, Guide to
the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. To receive
credit, submit either your training certificates or your military transcripts
along with a copy of your DD 214 to the Student Records and Registration
Office. Substitutions of military training for specific course work must
be approved by the major department.
Dependents Educational Code Fee Waiver
As a child of a service-connected
deceased or disabled veteran, you may be eligible for a waiver of the fees
necessary to attend CSU, Chico. This program is administered by the California
Department of Veterans Affairs. You may be required to meet certain income
limits. Applications are available in the OVA or any county Veterans Service
Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC)
The OVA is the campus point of
contact for SOC. This program serves enlisting or active duty servicepersons
with specific advising, admissions, and other support.
How to Apply for Benefits
Consult the Office of Veterans Affairs by e-mail telephone, letter, or
better yet, in person. We will give you all the forms you need to apply
for your benefits.
Though the OVA tries very hard to speed up the benefit process, you should
be prepared for payment delays. Always allow VA six to eight weeks to process
any change in your claim. Allow an additional four to six weeks if your
main claim folder must be transferred from one VA regional office to another.
You must apply for advance payment at least thirty days prior to the beginning
of the term and allow six to eight weeks for the VA to deliver your check
to the university. The advance payment will include payment for the first
two calendar months of the term, which usually means payment for a few
days of one month and all of the following month. Advance payments are
distributed after fees are paid for the term. These checks may be picked
up in the Office of Veterans Affairs during the week before classes begin.
Services Offered Through the Office of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Counseling
Educational Benefits Certification
VA Work-Study Program
U.S.D.V.A. Education Services
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