Benefits

Visit the VA Education Benefit website to review all eligibility requirements.

Chapter 30 — Active Duty Veteran

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available for those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. MGIB encompasses both the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30) and the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606). Under Chapter 30, Active Duty members enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months; and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation. Under Chapter 1606, a reservist must be actively drilling and have a 6-year obligation in the Selected Reserve to be eligible.

To claim your benefits:

  1. Complete application available online
  2. Provide copy of DD-214, Member copy 4
  3. Provide copy of Kicker Contract, if applicable
  4. Mail to: VA Regional Office, P.O. Box 66830, St. Louis, MO 63166-6830 and please bring a copy of your paperwork to VA Certifying Official
  5. Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, you must bring a copy to the NDSCS representative in the Tech Center, Room 13
  6. Call 1-877-823-2378 the first day of each month in order to verify your enrollment and receive your benefits

Chapter 33 — Post 9/11 G.I. Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days 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.

To claim your benefits:

  1. Complete application available online
  2. Provide copy of DD-214, copy 4
  3. Provide copy of Kicker Contract, if applicable
  4. Mail to: VA Regional Office, P.O. Box 66830, St. Louis, MO 63166-6830 and please bring a copy of your paperwork to VA Certifying Official
  5. Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, you must bring a copy to the NDSCS representative in the Tech Center, Room 13

Chapter 1606 — National Guard and/or Reservist (not activated)

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available for those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. MGIB encompasses both the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30) and the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606). Under Chapter 30, Active Duty members enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months; and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation. Under Chapter 1606, a reservist must be actively drilling and have a 6-year obligation in the Selected Reserve to be eligible.

To claim your benefits:

  1. Complete application available online
  2. Provide copy of Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
  3. Provide copy of Kicker Contract, if applicable
  4. Mail to: VA Regional Office, P.O. Box 66830, St. Louis, MO 63166-6830 and please bring a copy of your paperwork to VA Certifying Official
  5. Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, you must bring a copy to the NDSCS representative in the Tech Center, Room 13
  6. Call 1-877-823-2378 the first day of each month in order to verify your enrollment and receive your benefits

Chapter 1607 — National Guard and/or Reservist (activated)

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 in 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.

To claim your benefits:

  1. Complete application available online
  2. Provide copy of Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
  3. Provide copy of Kicker Contract, if applicable
  4. Provide copy of Activation Orders
  5. Provide copy of DD-214, copy 4
  6. Mail to: VA Regional Office, P.O. Box 66830, St. Louis, MO 63166-6830 and please bring a copy of your paperwork to VA Certifying Official
  7. Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, you must bring a copy to the NDSCS representative in the Tech Center, Room 13
  8. Call 1-877-823-2378 the first day of each month in order to verify your enrollment and receive your benefits

Chapter 31 — Veteran with a Service-Related Disability

Call 1-800-827-1000 to schedule an appointment with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and to complete an application. If you are found eligible, the appointment information will be forwarded to the NDSCS VA Representative.

Chapter 35 — Dependent of a Veteran

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

To claim your benefits:

  1. Complete application available online
  2. Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, you must bring a copy to the NDSCS representative in the Tech Center, Room 13

Dependent of a Veteran Tuition & Fee Waiver

Chapter 35 benefited students may be eligible for a North Dakota tuition and fee waiver.

VRAP – Veteran’s Retraining Assistance Program

What is the VRAP Program?
Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans.

The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:

  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Are unemployed on the date of application
  • Received an other than dishonorable discharge
  • Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
  • Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
  • Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program

The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants must attend full-time in order to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program ($1,564 effective October 1, 2012). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program.

Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.

  1. The student is the dependent of a North Dakota resident veteran who was killed in action or died from wounds or other service-connected causes, was totally disabled as a result of service-connected causes, died from service-connected injuries, was a prisoner of war or was declared missing in action
  2. Contact the NDSCS VA Representative for additional information and to learn more about eligibility

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