The Veterans Administration is authorized by law to provide a wide range of benefits to those who have served their country in the Armed Forces and to their dependents. This webpage is designed to introduce you to some of the benefits you may be eligible for while attending Las Positas College.
- Post 9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33
- Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty, Chapter 30
- Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve, Chapter 1606
- Survivor's & Dependents, Chapter 35
- The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E), Chapter 31
- VA Workstudy Program
- Tuition Assistance Program
The Post 9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date. For more information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill CLICK HERE
For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children starting Aug. 1, 2009.
Official DoD TEB website. (Non VA link)
The Montgomery GI Bill establishes a program of educational benefits for eligible persons entering military service after June 30, 1985. Military pay is reduced each month for the first 12 months of duty service in order to establish an educational fund. The maximum entitlement is 36 months of full-time benefits. Monthly benefit rates are determined by the VA. Benefits terminate 10 years after date of separation.
To be eligible for educational assistance a person must have a 6-year obligation to serve in the selected reserve signed after June 30, 1985. Maximum entitlement is 36 months of full- time benefits which terminate ten years from the date of eligibility or the day following separation from a reserve component. A Chapter 1606 participant may not use more than 48 months of entitlement under any combination of VA Educational programs.
Survivors and dependents of a veteran may be eligible for benefits if the veteran died while on active duty, died after discharge from active duty of a service-connected disability, is permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability, or listed as missing in action for a total of 90 days or more. Eligible persons are entitled to a maximum of 45 months of full-time benefits. Payments are usually provided for children between the ages of 18 and 26.
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program is administered by a different department of VA than regular education benefits. This program has two key goals:
- First, to assist the service-disabled veteran to prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment.
- Second, for those persons who are severely disabled and that gainful employment is not an option, assistance may be provided to allow that person to live more independently in his or her community.
More information about Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits may be found at: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/index.htm, by calling 1-800-827-1000, or by visiting your local VA Regional Office (go to this link and click your state for a list of offices: http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/division_flsh.asp?dnum=3).