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

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. Find out more about it here.

Chapter 30: The Montgomery GI Bill

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. Find out more about it here.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

The Voc-Rehab program assists veterans with service connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. Find out more about it here.

1606 MGIB-Selected Reserve

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. Find out more about it here.

1607 REAP

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. Find out more about it here.

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 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 here.

View frequently asked questions about the CalVet Waiver at CSU, Chico here.

Chapter 35: Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA)

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. To find out if you are eligible, go here.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred to Dependent

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. To find out more about this benefit go here.