Veterans Benefits

Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Ch 33)
1. The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is for 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. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. The Post-9/11 GI Bill® will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. This program will pay eligible individuals:

2. Tuition & fees directly to the school not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition & fees at a public Institution of Higher Learning.see chart listing 2008 - 2009 maximum ratesa monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. To determine the BAH for your school's ZIP code click here (link goes to a non-NYS website)

An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment. And a one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals see comparison chart for more information. If you are on active duty you will not receive the housing allowance or books & supplies stipend. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. To start the online application process with the VA click HERE

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program click here.


Montgomery GI Bill® (Ch 30) Active Duty (MGIB)

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.


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. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.See also:FederalGI Bill® Website Pay rates for Chapter 1606, 1607

Chapter 35: Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

 Chapter 35 is educational assistance paid to eligible dependents of certain veterans. Persons who may be eligible are children (between ages 18 and 26, with some exceptions) or spouses of:

· a veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.

· a veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence.

· a service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.

· a service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.

· a service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability.

Chapter 31: The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service’s

Primary benefit program is vocational rehabilitation services for veterans who have a service-connected disability. The outcome of these services lead to suitable employment that is consistent with their aptitudes and interests, or achieving independence in their daily living. See Federal GI Bill® website for more information. Application for Vocational Rehabilitation (28-1900) (Web form, PDF form)

Chapter 32: Veteran’s Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

Chapter 32 individuals must have initially entered active duty between January 1, 1977 to June 30, 1985 and must have enrolled and contributed to VEAP before April 1, 1987. Many VEAP era veterans who separated from active duty after February 2, 1991 had the opportunity to convert from Chapter 32 to Chapter 30


Christopher Gorman
Director of Veterans Affairs
Wingate Hall, Room 107
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
p: 212.650.5374
f: 212.650.7369