This federal aid program is managed by:
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
To provide educational assistance to persons entering the Armed Forces after December 31, 1976, and before July 1, 1985; to assist persons in obtaining an education they might otherwise not be able to afford; and to promote and assist the all volunteer military program of the United States by attracting qualified persons to serve in the Armed Forces.
(Direct Payments) FY 07 $2,256,000; FY 08 est $2,256,000; and FY 09 est $2,172,000.
Uses and Use Restrictions:
Participants may pursue: (1) courses at colleges and universities leading to associate, bachelor or graduate degrees (including courses taken via accredited independent study, provided those courses lead to a standard college degree or a certificate that reflects educational attainment offered by an institution of higher learning); (2) courses leading to a certificate or diploma from colleges or universities or from business, technical or vocational schools; (3) apprenticeship or on-the-job training programs for individuals not on active duty; (4) correspondence courses, under certain conditions; (5) flight training, if the individual holds a private pilot license and meets the medical requirements upon beginning the training program; (6) state-approved teacher certification programs; (7) preparatory courses for tests necessary for admission to a college or graduate school; (8) reimbursement for licensing and certification tests approved for veterans; (9) entrepreneurship training; (10) reimbursement for national exams for admission to college or for college credit.
Examples of Funded Projects:
For fiscal year 2007, there were 439 students trained; estimates for fiscal year 2008 and fiscal year 2009 are 550 and 550 students, respectively.
Types of Assistance:
Direct Payments for Specified Use.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
Up to a maximum of $8,100 of basic benefits. Work study allowances: Payment based on the higher of the Federal minimum wage or the State minimum wage where work is performed. Tutorial assistance up to a maximum of $1,200.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:
Available within ten years of first date of discharge or release from service or until the amount of money in the special fund, converted to months of entitlement (to a maximum of 36) is exhausted. Assistance checks generally to be released on a monthly basis.
The participant must have entered on active duty on or after January 1, 1977, and before July 1, 1985, and either served on active duty for more than 180 continuous days receiving an other than dishonorable discharge, or have been discharged after January, 1, 1977 because of a service-connected disability. Also eligible are participants who serve for more than 180 days and who continue on active duty and have completed their first period of obligated service (or 6 years of active duty, whichever comes first). Participants must also have satisfactorily contributed to the program. (Satisfactory contribution consists of monthly deduction of $25 to $100 from military pay, up to a maximum of $2,700, for deposit in a special training fund.) Participants may make lump-sum contributions. No individuals on active duty in the Armed Forces may initially begin contributing to this program after March 31, 1987.
Post-Vietnam era veterans.
Awards are authorized at the designated VA Regional Processing Office.
Contact Info for Headquarters Office:
Department of Veterans Affairs, Central Office, Washington, DC 20420. Telephone: (202) 461-9800.