Veterans Benefits

State Programs 

Veterans Benefits Virginia Military Survivors & Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP) 

Provisions of this benefit state that a dependent of a (Virginia) military service member killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or at least 90 percent disabled may be eligible for benefits. Additional information about the program and eligibility requirements are available at the Department of Veterans Services (DVS) website, http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/veterans-benefits.shtml.

Once declared eligible, the DVS will send us a letter certifying your eligibility and period of eligibility.  Report to the Financial Aid Office to have your enrollment completed.

Federal Programs 

Post-9/11 GI Bill  Chapter 33 

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.  Additional information about the program and eligibility requirements are available at http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/index.html.

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Public Law 111-32), amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001.  The benefit is effective August 1, 2009; the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect.  Children of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who has died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, are eligible for this benefit.  Additional information about this program and its eligibility requirements are available at http://www.gibill.va.gov/documents/factsheets/fry_scholarship.pdf.

Dependents' Educational Assitance (DEA) Program - Chapter 35 

These benefits are for dependents of veterans who died or are totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability, missing in action or taken prisoner.  Additional information ang eligibility requirements are available at http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/dea.html.

Once declared eligible, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility.  You must take your letter of eligibility to the Financial Aid Office in order to complete your enrollment for this program.

Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) – Chapter 1606 

This benefit is for those actively drilling with their guard/reserve unit.   Applications and information is available at http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/selected_reserve.html.  Report to the Financial Aid Office with a copy of your “Notice of Basic Eligibility” to process your claim.  If you want direct deposit, bring a copy of a voided check.

Montgomery GI Bill – Reserve Education Assistance Progam (REAP) – Chapter 1607 

This benefit is for any member of the National Guard who has been mobilized on or after September 2001 for at least 90 continuous days of active service in response to a war or national emergency.  Additional information is available at http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/reap.html.  Report to the Financial Aid Office with a copy of your Active Duty Order and a copy of your DD 214 from deployment to complete your enrollment.

Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD) – Chapter 30 

This benefit is for eligible veterans with an honorable discharge.   Eligibility information is available at http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/active_duty.html. Report to the Financial Aid Office with a copy of your DD 214.