The VA administers several education programs as set forth by law, Title 38 of the United States Code. Each program is found in a different chapter of the law, and this number is often used to refer to each of the different programs. They also have specific names. Each program provides different benefits for different groups of individuals.
Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as Chapter 33, is the newest benefit program, created for individuals who have served on Active Duty after 9/10/01. Rate of payment is based on the length of time served.
Yellow Ribbon Enhancement
The Whitman School of Management participates in the Yellow Ribbon Enhancement of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Whitman will pay up to $6,500 per student per year for all eligible students1.
Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty
The Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty, also known as Chapter 30, is the most common program. It is for individuals who entered into Active Duty any time after July 1, 1985, and who paid into an education fund for one year.
Montgomery GI Bill – Selective Reserves
The Montgomery GI Bill – Selective Reserves, also known as Chapter 1606, is for individuals in the Selected Reserve or National Guard (not on Active Duty). They must be actively drilling and under a 6-year contract. They are eligible for benefits only as long as they remain in the Reserves or Guard.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program
The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), also known as Chapter 1607, is a recent 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 war or national emergency (contingency operation), as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain individuals who were activated after September 10, 2001, eligible for either education benefits or increased benefits.
Dependents Educational Assistance Program
The Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA), also known as Chapter 35, is for dependents of a member of the Armed Forces who died in Active Duty or as the result of a service-connected disability, or is 100% permanently and totally disabled, based on a service-related reason. Dependents receive up to 45 months of full-time benefits. Children are generally eligible for benefits between the ages of 18 and 26, but in certain instances may begin before age 18 and continue beyond age 26. They must have a VA file or claim number (C#) that is related to the parent or spouse under whom they are eligible. The dependent's file is also identified with a suffix (10 or W, 41 or A, 42 or B, etc.). The Chapter 35 program has its own application form (VA Form 22-5490), and its own Change of Program/Training form (VA Form 22-5495).
If you need specific Veterans Eligibility information about your own eligibility, call the VA directly, since we do not have, nor are we able to provide veteran-specific student information. The phone number is 1-888-442-4551; the web site is www.gibill.va.gov.