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Welcome Veterans and Military Personnel!

From the President:

Grand View is a military-friendly university and a Yellow Ribbon participant.  Our close relationship with the military and veterans is historic, from our embrace of veterans returning from World War II and Viet Nam to our 25-year partnership with the Iowa National Guard.

Grand View has friendly transfer policies that allow acceptance of military credit, including for the Organizational Studies major, which incorporates military credit as part of the program of study. We also provide a tuition discount for evening and weekend classes for active military personnel. Our Johnston campus, one of two locations where you may attend classes, is located at Camp Dodge, the home of the Iowa National Guard.

I personally welcome you, as a veteran or active duty military, and encourage you to take advantage of the array of knowledgeable support resources we have in place.  Explore the military programs, benefits and policies Grand View offers, below.  And once you’re on campus, you’ll find friendly faculty and staff who are committed to assisting our veterans and military personnel in receiving a first-class education.





Kent Henning
President

We greatly appreciate the sacrifice you have made for this country and our goal is to help you maximize your veteran benefits and obtain the degree or certficiate you seek. Our main campus offers classes full-time day, evening/weekend and part-time students. Grand View is recognized by GI Jobs Magazine as a "Military Friendly School" for 2015. We are here to assist our veterans and eligible family members in receiving a first-class education.

Comments from GV Veteran Students (video)

Quanda Brown
Bonze Star recipient and GV graduate:

Shea McCuen ’15
Psychology, Human Services, Organizational Studies, Liberal Arts

My time at Grand View has been nothing short of amazing. Grand View does a great job providing a quality education that prepares the students to either enter the workforce or continue on to graduate school. As a veteran, I feel like GV does a great job in taking care of veteran students and they really appreciate what I have been through and what I am able to bring to the classroom. My time at Grand View has helped me refine the skills that I already had, while at the same time helping me discover and develop new skills and talents that I never knew I had.

Nick Bartlett ’14
Organizational Studies

I chose GV for many reasons. I work full-time for the Iowa Army National Guard, so I receive military educational benefits, and I found that the administration at Grand View was extremely helpful and knew a great deal about military benefits. Along with being a very military-friendly school, Grand View offers a great schedule that works well for me and my very busy life.

GV Military Contacts

Admissions Office
Luanne Knudsen, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions (515) 263-2856 or lknudsen@grandview.edu

Business Office
Shelley Kaster, Loan Coordinator and VA Certifying Official, Federal Tuition Assistance Contact (515) 263-2825 or skaster@grandview.edu

John Jones, Director of Student Accounts (515) 263-2941 or jjones@grandview.edu

Registrar’s Office
Lyndi Flugum-Collins, Assistant Registrar (515) 263-2818 or lflugum-collins@grandview.edu

Financial Aid Office
Felicia Campbell, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, State Tuition Assistance Contact
(515) 263-2995 or fcampbell@grandview.edu

Andrea Gnat, Loan Officer (515) 263-2819 or agnat@grandview.edu

Graduate Program and College for Professional Learners (CPAL)
Dr. Patricia Williams, Dean of Graduate and Adult Programs (515) 263-2912 or pwilliams@grandview.edu

Student Success
Joy Brandt, Associate Director of Student Success (515) 263-2971 or jbrandt@grandview.edu

Student Life
Kent Schornack, Director of Leadership & Counseling (515) 263-2986 or kschornack@grandview.edu

Career Center
Susie Stearns, Director of Career Center (515) 263-2955 or sstearns@grandview.edu

Veteran/Military Student Checklist

Find the checklist HERE.

Military Credit Transfer

Transfer Credit
Grand View accepts credit earned in the military that has been evaluated by the American Council on Education. At Grand View, we keep our transfer process simple and our transfer policies friendly. Normally all college parallel credits from accredited institutions are accepted. We accept up to 66 hours of transfer credit from junior/community colleges.

Military Transcript Credit
In order to have your military credit transferred to Grand View, you will need to request an official transcript and have it sent to:

Grand View University
Office of Admissions
1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316

  • If you were in the Army, Navy or Marines request a Joint Services Transcript (JST)  
  • If you were in the Air Force you can request an official transcript from the Community College of the Air Force
  • The official transcript will be electronically sent to Grand View.  Your military transcript will be reviewed to award college credit into your degree programs.

Additional Resources:
ACE: Transcripts for Military Personnel
A Transfer Guide: Understanding your Military Credit Recommendations

Process to Receive Military Benefits

VA education benefits eligibility is based on individual service information, specific to the service member or veteran.  The Cetrifying Official can inform you of the VA eligibility requirements, but ultimately it is your decision. The final determination of eligibility will come from the VA.

Here are some things you need to know to prepare to receive veteran's educational benefits at Grand View.

If you will be on the main campus between 8:15 am - 4:30 pm, stop on the 2nd floor of the Humphrey Center. One of our certifying officials will get you started.

  • Shelley Kaster is in the Business Office and will meet with Chapter 33 (Post 9/11), Yellow Ribbon students and those planning to use Federal Tuition Assistance.
  • Lyndi Flugum-Collins is in the Registrar's Office and will meet with students using the following VA Chapters: 30, 1606, 1607, 35, and 31.

Before you begin receiving VA educational benefits you need to complete the following steps:

1.    Apply and be accepted for admission in a degree program at Grand View.
2.    Apply for benefits to the Department of Veteran Affairs online

  • Go to www.benefits.va.gov/gibill
  • Select the tab Apply for Benefits
  • Launch the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) for the chapter of benefit you qualify for. Before submitting this online, print a copy for the Certifying Official.
  • Complete and submit the application (VA Form 22-1990) for the chapter of benefit you qualify for.  Before submitting this online application, print a copy for the Certifying Official.

3.    Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for additional student aid.
4.    Register for classes.  
5.    Email the GV Certifying Official that you are registered for classes, and she will certify your enrollment with the VA.  The VA can take up to 6 weeks to process certifications.
6.    Students receiving Chapter 30, 1606, and 1607 benefits, are required to complete a verification of attendance each month, to receive the benefit payment.  The last day of the month is the first day you can verify attendance.  Once you verify attendance, the VA can process your payment.  There are two ways to verify attendance:

  • Visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill then select the “Verify School Attendance” button.
  • Call 877-823-2378 and complete the automated attendance verification process.  
  • Verification of attendance is not required for students receiving Chapter 33 (Post 9/11), Yellow Ribbon, Chapter 31 and Chapter 35.
  • If you change your enrollment--add, drop courses, withdraw from the university – your registration actions may result in your having to pay back the VA.  Notify your Certifying Official before making changes in your enrollment.  
  • Please refer to the handout of each Chapter.


Veteran Satisfactory Progress
 
Students receiving veteran’s benefits who do not earn a 2.0 grade point average on all hours for which a grade is given during the probationary semester will be subject to termination of benefits at the end of that semester.

Military Deployment & Readmission Policies

If called to active duty, a student should contact the VA Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office to complete a Military Leave of Absence form unless the student cannot provide notice because the mission is classified.  Verification of military deployment must be submitted with the completed Military Leave of Absence form.

If the student is called to active duty before the mid-point of a term, the University will withdraw them from all courses and refund their tuition.

If the student is called to active military service at the mid-point of the term or later, the student may remain enrolled in their courses and will be assigned an I grade (Incomplete) for each course in which they are enrolled.  In such a case, no adjustment of tuition charges will occur.  Students have until the end of the next academic term following their release from military service to complete the course.  Failure to do so will result in the I grade becoming an F grade.

A student receiving Veteran’s Benefits should notify the VA Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office in order to complete required documents.

A student will have one calendar year after the end of their deployment to re-enroll at Grand View.  Grand View considers the end date of deployment to be the date listed on the original deployment papers, or more recent paperwork (such as a DD-214) that lists a deployment end date.  After one calendar year beyond the deployment end date, the student will need to apply for readmission to Grand View through the Admissions Department.

A student will be re-enrolled in the same academic program (or the most similar one, if same program does not exist), will carry forward the same number of credits, and same academic status.  Grand View University scholarship awards will be preserved for students holding such awards when called to active duty.

During the first academic year of return, the veteran will be assessed the same tuition and fee charges as were in effect during the academic year he/she left the program (Veterans or other service member education benefits may be taken in to account) or up to the amount of tuition and fee charges that other students in the program are assessed for that academic year, if veteran’s education benefits, as defined in section 480(c) of the HEA, or other service member education benefits, will pay the amount in excess of the tuition and fee charges assessed for the current academic year in which the student left Grand View.

A student who wishes to re-enroll at Grand View after deployment should contact the VA Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office.  The VA Certifying Official will serve as the main point of contact for the student during the re-enrollment process.
 

Military Benefit Programs Overview

GI Bill Benefits
VA education benefit eligibility is based on individual service information and is specific to the service-member or veteran.  The Military Certifying Official can assist you in determining whether or not you should be eligible for any VA education benefits but final determination of eligibility will come from the VA.

In order to receive your VA education benefits at Grand View University you must notify the Military Certifying Official when you are registered for classes each semester.  The Military Certifying Official does not automatically certify anyone for VA education benefits.  Failure to notify the Veterans Service Office of your enrollment may delay the payment of your benefits.  

Changing Schools
If you have used GI Bill benefits at a different school and are now coming to Grand View University, the VA requires you to complete a Change of Place of Training form (VA Form 22-1995).  You may complete this form online by visiting the VA’s website www.benefits.va.gov/gibill  and then launching the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP).  

Returning Student
If you were using the benefits last semester at Grand View University there is no requirement for you to re-apply to the VA for benefits or complete any additional paperwork.  You simply need to notify the Military Certifying Official when you have registered for classes.

Maintaining your Eligibility - Satisfactory Academic Progress
To remain eligible to use VA education benefits at Grand View University you must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.  This means maintaining a 2.0 GPA or higher and having a completion rate of 67% or higher.  If you fall below these marks you may be certified for one additional semester.  If you are below a 2.0 GPA and 67% completion rate for two consecutive terms your VA education benefits will be suspended until you can raise your GPA above a 2.0 and raise your completion rate above 67%.

GV Tuition and Fees

Click HERE for current tuition and fees.

Military Tuition Assistance Benefits

Federal Tuition Assistance (GoArmyEd)
Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is a federally funded program that pays schools directly for the cost of tuition for Soldiers.  FTA pays 100% of your tuition cost up to $250 per credit hour and up to $4,500 per fiscal year (1 OCT – 30 SEP).  Fees are authorized for payment as long as they are directly related to the course(s).  Soldiers must provide details of fees on the uploaded statement of tuition cost (see application process below).  FTA cannot be used for books.

FTA can be used towards one degree or certificate completion at GRAND VIEW.  Soldiers are limited to 16 credit hours per fiscal year and 130 total credit hours towards an undergraduate degree.

For more information about FTA please visit he Iowa National Guard’s website at www.iowanationalguard.com

Eligibility
If you are an actively drilling member of the Army National Guard or US Army Reserves and have served at least 12 months after the graduation from your initial entry training (IET – Basic Training and AIT) you may be eligible to apply for and receive Federal Tuition Assistance.  

Applying for Benefits
The deadline to apply for FTA is the start date of the course(s).  You must apply for FTA each semester because the application is specific to the courses you are registered for.

1.  Apply for Federal Tuition Assistance - www.goarmyed.com, create profile and upload four documents (click HERE for examples)

  • Statement of Understanding (signed by you and commander)(12 months)
  • Degree Plan/Degree Audit (From Academic Advisor)
  • Class Schedule (From Web Info System)
  • Cost Verification/Detailed Bill (From Student Accounts)

2.  Complete/Submit application and receive two emails

  • Application received
  • Application approved

3.  Print approved authorization(s) (To find out how click HERE)
4.  Provide copies of approved authorizations to the Veterans Services Coordinator - POC for questions: Michael Robinson 515-252-4422, michael.p.robinson1.civ@mail.mil
 
Receiving Payments
FTA is applied to your GRAND VIEW account after you provide the approved authorization(s) to the Veterans Services Office.  The Veterans Services Office will log your authorizations and provide copies to Student Accounts.  Student Accounts will credit your GRAND VIEW account for the amount of the authorization(s).  GRAND VIEW invoices GoArmyEd on a quarterly basis and physically receives the money for your tuition and fees.

National Guard Education Assistance Program (NGEAP)
NGEAP is a state funded program that pays schools directly for the cost of tuition for members of the Iowa Army and Air National Guard.  Based on annual appropriation by the Iowa state legislature, NGEAP pays 100% of your tuition cost for classes between August and May.  NGEAP does not cover summer courses.  NGEAP does not pay fees.  For more information on NGEAP please visit the Iowa National Guard’s website at www.iowanationalguard.com

Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for and receive NGEAP you must:

  • Be an Iowa resident (determined by the Adjutant General of Iowa)
  • Be an active member of the Iowa Army or Air National Guard (satisfactory performance of duty)
  • Have completed Initial Entry Training (Basic Training and AIT or Tech Training)
  • Have not met the requirements of a Baccalaureate degree
  • Attend a North Central Association (NCA) accredited community college, university or private college or university in Iowa

Applying for Benefits
The deadline to apply for NGEAP is generally July 1st for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.  If you attend GRAND VIEW for both fall and spring semesters you only need to apply once.

Chapter 30 - Active Duty GI Bill

Click HERE to view the Chapter 30 Handout

The Montgomery GI Bill, Chapter 30 (commonly called the Active Duty GI Bill) was created for former active duty members of all branches of the Armed Forces who receive honorable discharges and have a high school diploma or equivalent or have 12 hours of college credit.

Eligibility
Generally, you are eligible for Chapter 30 GI Bill if you paid into Chapter 30 GI Bill ($1,200), served on Active Duty for over 36 months, and have an honorable discharge.  You may also be eligible if you paid into Chapter 30 GI Bill ($1,200) and were medically discharged.  You will remain eligible for Chapter 30 GI Bill for 10 years from the date of separation from Active Duty (DD214).  You may use any one GI Bill benefit for up to 36 months of full time use and may be able to combine multiple GI Bill benefits for up to 48 months of use.

Applying for Benefits
If you have never used Chapter 30 GI Bill benefits before you will need to apply for the benefits.

1.    Visit the VA’s website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill   
2.    Select the tab Apply for Benefits  
3.    Launch the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)
4.    Complete and submit the application (VA Form 22-1990)

The VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) (VA Form 22-0557) in 4-6 weeks.  When you receive the COE please provide a copy to the Military Certifying Official.

Receiving Payments
When you notify the Military Certifying Official that you are registered for classes, the Military Certifying Official will submit a certification to the VA.  The VA can take up to 4-6 weeks to process certifications.    

To receive the benefit payment you are required to complete a verification of attendance each month.  The last day of the month is the first day you can verify attendance for that month.  As an example; for a fall semester if school begins August 20th, the first day you can verify attendance is August 31st.  Once you have completed the verification, the VA can process your payment.  There are two ways to verify your attendance. 

  • Visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill then select the “Verify School Attendance” button.  
  • Call 877-823-2378 and complete the automated attendance verification process.

The VA prorates payments for partial months of school.  As an example; if school begins August 20th the first payment should be for August 20th to August 31st or 11 days of school.  The payment for August would be about 1/3 of the full monthly payment amount.

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation

Click HERE to view the Chapter 31 handout

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program or Voc. Rehab. The VR&E program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

To use Voc. Rehab at Grand View University you must first meet with a VR&E counselor and be approved. Once approved for an educational program by your counselor you will:

  • Apply and be accepted as a student at Grand View University (if you are not already a student)
  • Work with an academic advisor to register for classes in your program of study
  • Notify the Military Certifying Official of your registration  

Your VR&E counselor will provide a VA Form 28-1905 (Authorization for Benefits). The Veterans Service Office will:

  • Certify your registration to your VR&E counselor
  • Notify Student Accounts that Voc. Rehab will pay for your tuition

Student Accounts will:

  • Place funds on your Grand View University account to purchase books and supplies at the Grand View University Bookstore
  • Funds will be available generally 1-2 weeks prior to the start date of your classes
Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill/Yellow Ribbon Program

Click HERE to view the Chapter 33 handout.

The Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit for any member or former member of the Armed Forces who served on active duty after September 10th, 2001.    

Eligibility
You may be eligible for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You served at least 90 days on active duty (including Title32 AGR) after September 10, 2001
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability after serving 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001
  • You are the child of a member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 (Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship Program)
  • You are the spouse or dependent of a military member who is eligible to transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits
  • You will remain eligible for Chapter 33 GI Bill benefits for 15 years from the date of your separation from active duty (DD214).  You may use any one GI Bill benefit for up to 36 months of full time use and may be able to combine multiple GI Bill benefits for up to 48 months of use.

The percentage of benefit a veteran is eligible for depends on time spent on active duty after 9/11/01.  Note: Multiple deployments may increase your eligibility.

Below is a chart of active duty service after 9/11/01 and the maximum benefit elgibility percentage.
 
At least 36 months - 100%
At least 30 continuous days on active duty and discharged due to service-connected disability - 100%
30 months to 36 months - 90%
24 months to 30 months - 80%
18 months to 24 months - 70%
12 months to 18 months - 60%
6 months to 12 months - 50%
90 days to 6 months - 40%
 

Benefit Calculator
Students receiving benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill can see an approximation of how much they will receive in benefits using the GI Bill calculator at http://www.newgibill.org/calculator/. Note that you will need to update the yearly cost of tuition to the current year’s charges as the pre-populated number is out of date. The calculator figures 9 months of non-stop enrollment and does not exclude break-pay as the law requires, so actual BAH amounts could differ from the amount shown.

Students receiving financial aid should be aware that the Iowa Tuition Grant, as well all Grand View University scholarships are tuition specific, and should therefore be included in figures in the Financial Aid section of the calculator. Other tuition specific aid could vary on a student to student basis.


Transferability
The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Service members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Once the DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at VA. To find out more, please click HERE.

Applying for Benefits
If you have never used Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits before you will need to apply for the benefits.
1.    Visit the VA’s website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill   
2.    Select the tab Apply for Benefits  
3.    Launch the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)
4.    Complete and submit the application (VA Form 22-1990) - In order to receive Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill you must relinquish another GI Bill

The VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) (VA Form 22-0557) in 4-6 weeks.  When you receive the COE please provide a copy to the Military Certifying Official.

Receiving Payments
When you notify the Military Certifying Official that you are registered for classes, the Military Certifying Official will submit a certification to the VA.  The VA can take up to 4-6 weeks to process certifications and send out payments.

There are three types of payments under Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill.  
1.    Tuition payment – paid to school
2.    Housing Allowance – paid to recipient
3.    Book stipend – paid to recipient

Each payment is paid out depending on the percentage of eligibility from the table above.  

Example 1:  Actively drilling or former member of the National Guard or Reserves with one deployment over 12 months – Eligible at 60%

1.    Tuition – The VA will pay 60% toward the veteran’s tuition and fees, based on VA’s determined maximum allotment ($20,235.02 x .60=$12,141.01 max for FY14) veteran’s tuition cost (including fees).
2.    Housing Allowance – The VA will pay the recipient 60% of the Basic Allowance for Housing of an E-5, with dependents, in the zip code of the school.  To see the current rate please click HERE, select zip code 50316, and a rank of E-5 to see the “with dependents” rate.  Multiply this amount by 60% to calculate your Housing Allowance.
3.    Book Stipend – The VA will pay up to $600 per school year.  Typically this is paid in two equal installments of $300 but could be more or less depending on the number of credit hours you are registered in.

Example 2: Yellow Ribbon Recipient (Former active duty member who served over 3 years on active duty with an honorable discharge) – Eligible at 100%.  Since Grand View University is a Yellow Ribbon School, and the service member is 100% eligible, tuition costs above the VA maximum will be paid by the VA and Grand View University

Tuition - Degree-seeking, Grand View students who qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill with 100% eligibility are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program.  In the event that the student exhausts the yearly allotted amount for Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients ($20,235.02 for August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015) and he/she still has remaining tuition and mandatory fee charges, the Yellow Ribbon program will cover the remaining amount.  

Housing Allowance - The VA will pay the recipient 100% of the Basic Allowance for Housing of an E-5, with dependents, in the zip code of the school.  To see the current rate please click HERE, select zip code 50316, and a rank of E-5 to see the “with dependents” rate.  Students are still responsible for room and board and other miscellaneous charges. In accordance with the Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, tuition specific aid (i.e. Grand View University Scholarships, Iowa Tuition Grant, private scholarships specifically intended to defray the cost of tuition) is first subtracted from the total tuition and fee charges and the remainder is covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon program.

Book Stipend – The VA will pay up to $1,000 per school year.  Typically this is paid in two equal installments of $500 but could be more or less depending on the number of credit hours you are registered in.

Yellow Ribbon Program
Grand View University is pleased to be participating in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program), a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program is designed to help students finance, through scholarship assistance, up to 100 percent of their out-of-pocket tuition and fees associated with education programs that may exceed the Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit, which will only pay up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition.

Qualification for the Yellow Ribbon Program:

  • The VA must determine the veteran 100% eligible for Post 9-11 GI Bill, and issue you a Certificate of Eligibility.  Eligibility is based on active duty length of service after September 2001.
  • Student must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.

The VA rate for the 2014-2015 academic year is $20,235.02.  As a Yellow Ribbon student, tuition that exceeds the VA rate will be met with matching contributions from Grand View and the VA.

Note: In order to receive the full housing allowance and book stipend the recipient must be enrolled as a full time student (12 credit hours or more during term).  The VA pro-rates the housing allowance and book stipend payments for recipients enrolled at less than full time.  In order to receive the housing allowance and book stipend payments at all a recipient must be enrolled over half time.  

The VA prorates payments for partial months of school.  As an example; if school begins August 20th the first housing allowance payment should be for August 20th to August 31st or 11 days of school.  The housing allowance payment for August would be about 1/3 of the full monthly payment amount.

Taking All Online Courses
If all of the classes registered for are online courses, the VA will pay the Housing Allowance at half the national average of an E-5, with dependents multiplied by your percentage of eligibility.  The effective rate for the 2013-2014 academic year for someone eligible at 100% is $714.50 a month.  If you are eligible at less than 100% multiply $714.50 by your percentage to calculate your monthly payment.

For further information about VA education benefits please visit www.gibill.va.gov or contact the VA directly by calling 1-800-GIBILL1 (442-4551). You may also contact the VA via their secure e-mail service by clicking on "Submit a Question" under FAQs at www.gibill.va.gov.

Chapter 35 - Dependent Education Assistance (DEA)

Click HERE to view the Chapter 35 Handout

The Dependent Education Assistance Program (DEA) Chapter 35 provides aid to a spouse, son or daughter (including stepchild or adopted child) of veterans who are either deceased or permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability.   

Eligibility
As a son or daughter (including stepchild or adopted child) you can generally receive benefits under Chapter 35 from age 18 to 26 (8 years).  Under certain circumstances you can begin before age 18 and continue after age 26.  You can receive payments under Chapter 35 for a maximum of 45 months of full time benefit.

As a spouse of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled based on a service-connected disability you generally have 10 years from one of the following dates:

  • Effective date of the veteran’s permanent and total disability evaluation
  • Date the VA notifies the veteran of the permanent and total disability
  • Beginning date you choose between 1 and 2 above

As a spouse you can receive payments under Chapter 35 for a maximum of 45 months of full time benefit.

Applying for Benefits
If you have never used Chapter 35 GI Bill benefits before you will need to apply for the benefits.

1.    Visit the VA’s website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill   
2.    Select the tab Apply for Benefits  
3.    Launch the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)
4.    Complete and submit the application (VA Form 22-5490)

The VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) in 4-6 weeks.  When you receive the COE please provide a copy to the Military Certifying Official.  

If you have used GI Bill benefits at a different school and are now coming to Grand View University, the VA requires you to complete a Change of Place of Training form (VA Form 22-5495).  You may complete this form online by visiting the VA’s website www.benefits.va.gov/gibill  and then launching the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP).  You may also complete this form by contacting the Military Certifying Official.

Receiving Payments
When you notify the Military Certifying Official that you are registered for classes, the Military Certifying Official will submit a certification to the VA.  The VA can take up to 4-6 weeks to process certifications.  The VA will make payment to you directly beginning on or about the first of the month after classes begin.   

The VA prorates payments for partial months of school.  As an example; if school begins August 20th the first payment should be for August 20th to August 31st or 11 days of school.  The payment for August would be about 1/3 of the full monthly payment amount.

Chapter 1606 - Reserve Component GI Bill

Click HERE to view the Chapter 1606 Handout

If you are an actively drilling member of the reserve components, you may be eligible for Chapter 1606 Reserve Component GI Bill.  The reserve components consist of Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard.

Eligibility
To be eligible for Chapter 1606 you must:

  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Have a 6 year service obligation (typically your initial enlistment)
  • Complete your initial entry training (Basic Training and AIT or Tech training)

You will remain eligible for benefits for 14 years from the date of eligibility (usually the day you graduate AIT or Tech Training).  You may use any one GI Bill benefit for up to 36 months of full time use and may be able to combine multiple GI Bill benefits for up to 48 months of use.

Applying for Benefits
If you have never used Chapter 1606 GI Bill benefits before you will need to apply for the benefits.

1.    Visit the VA’s website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill   
2.    Select the tab Apply for Benefits  
3.    Launch the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)
4.    Complete and submit the application (VA Form 22-1990)

The VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) (VA Form 22-0557) in 4-6 weeks.  When you receive the COE please provide a copy to the Military Certifying Official.  You may also provide a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility (DD Form 2384-1).

Receiving Payments
When you notify the Military Certifying Official that you are registered for classes, the Military Certifying Official will submit a certification to the VA.  The VA can take up to 4-6 weeks to process certifications.    

To receive the benefit payment you are required to complete a verification of attendance each month.  The last day of the month is the first day you can verify attendance for that month.  As an example; for a fall semester if school begins August 20th, the first day you can verify attendance is August 31st.  Once you have completed the verification, the VA can process your payment.  There are two ways to verify your attendance.  

  • Visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill then select the “Verify School Attendance” button.  
  • Call 877-823-2378 and complete the automated attendance verification process.

The VA prorates payments for partial months of school.  As an example; if school begins August 20th the first payment should be for August 20th to August 31st or 11 days of school.  The payment for August would be about 1/3 of the full monthly payment amount.

Chapter 1607 - Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

Click HERE to view the Chapter 1607 Handout

Chapter 1607 is an educational assistance program which provides benefits to members of the reserve components who are called to active duty in response to a war or national emergency.  The reserve components consist of Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard.

Eligibility
To be eligible for Chapter 1607 you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Served on active duty on or after September 11th, 2001 in support of a contingency operation for 90 consecutive days or more (deployment)
  • Performed full time National Guard duty under section 502(f) of title 32 for 90 consecutive days or more when authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for the purpose of responding to a national emergency declared by the President and supported by Federal funds

If you were ordered to active duty while drilling in the reserve component, you will remain eligible for Chapter 1607 only by continuing to actively drill in the reserve component.  If you were called to active duty from the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) you will remain eligible for Chapter 1607 by continuing to serve in the IRR or by actively drilling in the reserve component.   You may use any one GI Bill benefit for up to 36 months of full time use and may be able to combine multiple GI Bill benefits for up to 48 months of use.

Applying for Benefits
If you have never used Chapter 1607 GI Bill benefits before you will need to apply for the benefits.

1.    Visit the VA’s website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill   
2.    Select the tab Apply for Benefits  
3.    Launch the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)
4.    Complete and submit the application (VA Form 22-1990)

The VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) (VA Form 22-0557) in 4-6 weeks.  When you receive the COE please provide a copy to the Military Certifying Official.

Receiving Payments
When you notify the Military Certifying Official that you are registered for classes, the Military Certifying Official will submit a certification to the VA.  The VA can take up to 4-6 weeks to process certifications.    

To receive the benefit payment you are required to complete a verification of attendance each month.  The last day of the month is the first day you can verify attendance for that month.  As an example; for a fall semester if school begins August 20th, the first day you can verify attendance is August 31st.  Once you have completed the verification, the VA can process your payment.  There are two ways to verify your attendance.  

  • Visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill then select the “Verify School Attendance” button.  
  • Call 877-823-2378 and complete the automated attendance verification process.

The VA prorates payments for partial months of school.  As an example; if school begins August 20th the first payment should be for August 20th to August 31st or 11 days of school.  The payment for August would be about 1/3 of the full monthly payment amount.

Military FAQ

Find answers to the most common questions HERE.

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