Office of Veterans Affairs

Types of Education Benefits

The VA has several different educational benefit programs for veterans, Reservists/Guard members and dependants of veterans and active duty service members. All of the benefits available are described below. Select the program you are eligible for to find out more about getting your benefits started. 

Please take a look at the benefits below to determine which benefit(s) you are eligible for.

Veterans and Reservists/National Guard Members

Chapter 33: The Post 9/11 GI Bill(opens in new window)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

Chapter 30: The Montgomery GI Bill(opens in new window)

Under Chapter 30, Active Duty members enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months; and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation(opens in new window)

The Voc-Rehab program assists veterans with service connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.

1606 MGIB-Selected Reserve(opens in new window)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes 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.

1607 REAP(opens in new window)

This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

Note: If you are eligible for REAP benefits you are probably also eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. You can compare the benefits using the  GI Bill Comparison Tool(opens in new window) and find out what program is better for you.

Dependants of Veterans

California College Fee Waiver

Dependents of veterans with any percentage disability (0-100% rating) may qualify to have their California State tuition waived.  

Find out if your are eligible for dependents college fee waiver(opens in new window).

 View frequently asked questions about the CalVet Waiver (PDF) at CSU, Chico.

Chapter 35: Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA)(opens in new window)

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred to Dependent(opens in new window)

Some service members and veterans are qualified to transfer their Post 9/11 GI Bill to one or more dependents, such as a child or spouse.