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 United States 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 (Chapter 31) 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)'VEAP'Post Vietnam Era 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 amount.
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.
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.
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.
- U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs Benefits Counseling
- Educational Benefits Certification
- Counseling Referral
- Emergency Loans
- Tutorial Assistance
- VA Work-Study Program
- U.S.D.V.A. Education Services
- 1-888-GI BILL 1
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