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Educational Benefits

Chapter 1606

GI Bill® Selected Reserve (Reserve & National Guard Members)

Available to Reservists or National Guard Members who are actively drilling, have a 6 year obligation in the Selected Reserve, successfully complete initial active duty for training and remain in good standing while serving.

  • Eligible for up to (36) months of benefits
  • Pays a monthly stipend in arrears to the student
  • Student is responsible for paying tuition and fees to the school
  • Can be used in combination with State Tuition Assistance
  • Must verify enrollment in the WAVE system every month
  • See table below for benefit rates you may be eligible to receive from the VA
CH 1606 RATE OF PURSUIT:Full – Time3/4 – Time1/2 – Time< 1/2 Time
MONTHLY STIPEND:$384.00$288.00$192.00$96.00

Chapter 30

Montgomery GI Bill® (Prior Active Duty Service)

Available to veterans and active duty service members who enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, served at least two years of active duty and received an honorable discharge.

  • Expires (10) years after last discharge
  • Eligible for up to (36) months of benefits
  • Pays a monthly stipend in arrears to the student
  • Student is responsible for paying tuition and fees to the school
  • Must verify enrollment in the WAVE system every month
  • See table below for benefit rates you may be eligible to receive from the VA
CH 30 RATE OF PURSUIT:Full – Time3/4 – Time1/2 – Time< 1/2 Time
> 3 YEARS MONTHLY STIPEND$1928.00$1446.00$964.00$482.00
2-3 YEARS MONTHLY STIPEND$1566.00$1174.50$783.00

Chapter 31

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services (Service-Connected Disabled Veterans)

Available to veterans who have a VA service-connected disability rating of 10% with a serious employment handicap or 20% or more with an employment handicap. The VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors determine eligibility and authorize education benefits.

  • Assists with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find and keep suitable jobs
  • Provides rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills and interests
  • Offers post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school
  • Pays tuition, fees, books and supplies directly to the school
  • In some cases, pays a monthly housing allowance in arrears to the student

Chapter 33

Post 9/11 GI Bill® Transfer of Entitlement “TOE” (Dependents)

Available to children and spouses of service members who were found eligible to receive Post 9/11 education benefits and transferred all or some of their unused benefits to a dependent while on active duty. All payments are based on the service percentage level.

  • Eligible for up to (36) months of benefits or amount transferred to dependent
  • Pays tuition and costs directly to the school
  • Pays a book stipend to the student
  • Pays a monthly housing allowance to the student
  • See education benefit rates and rules at the bottom of this page for additional information
ACTIVE DUTY DAYS:3 – 6 Months6 – 12 Months12 – 18 Months18 – 24 Months24 – 30 Months30 – 36 Months36 + Months
POST 9/11 SERVICE PERCENTAGE:40%50%60%70%80%90%100%

Chapter 35

Dependents’ Education Assistance Program “DEA” (Dependents)

Available to children and spouses of a service member who died during active service or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • Eligible for up to (36) months of benefits
  • Pays a monthly stipend in arrears to the student
  • Student is responsible for paying tuition and fees to the school
  • See table below for benefit rates you may be eligible to receive from the VA
CH 35 RATE OF PURSUIT:Full – Time3/4 – Time1/2 – Time< 1/2 Time
MONTHLY STIPEND:$1224.00$918.00$612.00$306.00

Tuition Assistance

State Tuition Assistance (Missouri National Guard Members)

  • Speak to your Educational Services Officer or counselor within your military branch prior to enrolling in school
  • There are certain rules regarding when you are eligible to use State Tuition Assistance
  • You can combine State TA with Chapter 1606 VA Education Benefits
  • Students should apply for State TA prior to every semester with the unit commander’s approval
  • Provide Bursar with a copy of the State TA Authorization Letter

Federal Tuition Assistance (Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard)

  • Speak to your Educational Services Officer or counselor within your military branch prior to enrolling in school
  • There are certain rules regarding when you are eligible to use Federal Tuition Assistance
  • You cannot use Federal TA with Chapter 1606 VA Education Benefits
  • Students should apply for Federal TA through their military branch prior to every semester
  • Provide Bursar with a copy of the Federal TA Authorization Letter

Missouri Returning Heroes Act (Certain Combat Veterans)
The Missouri Returning Heroes Act provides reduced tuition for certain combat veterans attending public institutions of higher education in the State of Missouri. Fore more information, follow the link above to visit the Missouri DHEWD website. If you think you qualify, complete an application in the Veteran Services Office and provide a DD-214 Member 4 Copy.

VA Handouts and Forms
Some of the VA handouts and forms can be located and /or completed online. Follow the link above to access all the VA education and training related handouts and forms.

Education Benefit Rates and Rules

G.I. Bill® Comparison Tool
The comparison tool can be used to determine the monthly housing allowance or monthly stipend for a full-time student using educational benefits.  It calculates what you may be eligible to receive per month based on questions related to your military status, education benefit, benefit level, method of instruction and name of school.
VA Benefit Rate Tables
The VA updates education benefits rates for each chapter annually, so follow the G.I. Bill Comparison Tool Link above for the most accurate and up to date data.

Post 9/11 Monthly Housing Allowance Rules

  • Students enrolled half-time or less and using Post 9/11 education benefits will not receive a monthly housing allowance.
  • Active duty service members and their spouses using Post 9/11 education benefits are not eligible to receive a monthly housing allowance under this education benefit due to them already receiving a basic allowance for housing from the military.

Trademark Terms of Use – Education and Training

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill