Veteran Benefits

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®

This is an education benefit for service members who have served on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/10/2001, or were discharged with a service connected disability after 30 consecutive days.  An honorable discharge (character of service) is required for veterans. Service members with at least 3 years of active duty are eligible at the 100% level.  Benefits are pro-rated for those with less than 3 years of service.  For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Philadelphia University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides assistance to veterans with 100% eligibility of Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® whose cost of tuition and fees exceeds the annual tuition cap.  Once the annual cap is reached, a Yellow Ribbon Grant can then assist with the cost of tuition.  The school's grant is matched by the VA.  Schools may set limitations on the number of recipients, as well as the maximum amount of a Yellow Ribbon Grant.  Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program.  Child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is  qualified at the 100 percent rate.  For more information visit, http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp 

Transfer of Education Benefit (TEB) Post 9/11 GI Bill® to Dependents

This option 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.  Once approved, the new beneficiaries apply for the benefits through the VA. For more information, please visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp

Fry Scholarship

This scholarship provides the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) to children of service members who have died in the line of duty after 9/10/2001.  Effective January 1, 2015, the law expands eligibility for the Fry Scholarship to include surviving spouses of members of the Armed Forces who died or die in the line of duty after 9/10/2001.  For more information, please visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/Fry_scholarship.asp.

Chapter 1606: Selective Reserve Montgomery GI Bill®

This program is for members of the Selective Reserve and National Guard who have enlisted or re-enlist in the select reserve with an obligation to serve 6 or more years on or after July 1, 1985.  In order to be eligible for this benefit, the member will have had to complete their  IDAT (initial date active training).  A Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) form should be obtained from one's unit and provided to the school.  Chapter 1606 expires once a service member has separated from the reserves.  This benefit pays directly to the student.  For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP is an education benefit to assist Reserve and National Guard members called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) for at least 90 cumulative days after 9/11/2001.  This benefit pays directly to the student.  For more information visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/reap.asp

Chapter 35: Survivor and Dependent Assistance

This program provides educational assistance to spouses and dependents of veterans who have died or are totally and permanently disabled, as a result their service, and may be able to assist with the cost of tuition and fees.  This benefit pays directly to the student.  For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation 

Veterans should meet with their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to develop an education plan.  This benefit may cover the entire cost of tuition and fees.  To contact a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, visit, http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/eligibility_and_entitlement.asp.

Tuition Assistance

Philadelphia University has signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense, which allows you to use Tuition Assistance.  Each branch of the military and the National Guard administer the program and determine the eligibility requirements and the amount of assistance available,  The service member must apply for the program and receive approval before starting classes. For additional information on Tuition Assistance, see your branch website:

Army Tuition Assistance https://www.goarmyed.com/

Navy and Marine Corp Tuition Assistance   https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/ta_info.aspx

Air Force www.military.com/education/money-for-school/air-force-tuition-assistance.html

Coast Guard Tuition Assistance http://www.uscg.mil/yotf/cgi/active_duty/pay_for_college/ta/default.asp

Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, and Coast Guard Reservists Tuition Assistance www.military.com/education/money-for-school/reserve-tution-assistance.html

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

Questions?

Contact Tasha Lindo Student Accounts Representative lindot@philau.edu for questions about Tuition Assistance

For all other VA benefit questions, contact Ron Dawson Associate Director of Financial Aid dawsonr@philau.edu