Starting Your GI® Bill

Starting Your GI® Bill

VA Benefits

Complete Veterans online application

  • Post 9/11 use VA form 22-1990
  • Transfer benefits use VA form 22-1990e
  • All other chapters (30, 31, 33, 1606, 1607) use VA form 22-1990

Required forms/documentation to be submitted to DSU Veterans Office

Post 9/11 Chapter 33

The Post-9/11 GI Bill ® provides financial support for education and housing to individual with at least 90 day of aggregate service after September 10, 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 ®.

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

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.

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Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA) – Chapter 35

The Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

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Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) – Chapter 1606

The MIGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

You may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and vocational flight training programs. Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances.

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Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP) – Chapter 1607

REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty is response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

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Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Voc Rehab) – Chapter 31

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, USC, Chapter 31 and Code of Federal Regulations, Part 21. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. This 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, this program offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

Active Duty Service Members are eligible if they:

Expect to receive an honorable discharge upon separation from active duty Obtain a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the VA Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) services

Veterans are eligible if they:

Have received or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the VA Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment services

Go to this web site for further details:

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Voc Rehab) – Chapter 31

  • VON APP or Eligibility letter, if you have not applied for you education benefits, click here to apply (use VA Form 22-1990)
  • VA Form 28-1905 for your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC)
  • DD 214 – MEMBER 4
  • Degree Plan

Transferring to DSU (all except Chapter 35 dependents – use form VA Form 22-1995)

Changing Programs or Places of Training VA Form 22-1995

Dependents transferring to DSU (Chapter 35 DEA)

Changing Programs or Places of Training for Chapter 35, VA Form 22-5495

Using Your Benefits

  • Student Checklist for VA benefits click Here. The documents pertaining to your chapter needs to be at the Veterans Compliance Coordinator’s office.
  • Request Certification for upcoming Semester.
  • Add or Drop courses, or if you completely withdraw.

Important — Student Standards

Department of Veterans Affairs regulations require that all persons using any type of veterans educational assistance programs be making satisfactory academic progress toward achievement of their education objective (degree plan) as defined in the DSU catalog. If satisfactory academic progress has not been demonstrated , veterans educational benefits will be terminated until such progress can be demonstrated. DSU academic standards can be located at in the school catalog or at

In addition, violation of the Standards of Student Conduct as outlined in “Student Rights and Responsibilities Code” that can be found in the “Current Students” tab which can be located at

If you have questions please contact the Veterans Services office in the Holland Centennial Commons Bldg 1st floor.