What Education Benefits Are Available to Me?

  • The VA administers several programs:
    • Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) – if you have served on active duty after 9/10/2001.
    • Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty) – if you entered active duty any time since July 1, 1985, and paid into an education fund for one year.
    • Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve) – if you are in the Selected Reserve or National Guard, are actively drilling, and are under a 6-year contract.
    • Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program [REAP]) – if you are a member of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to war or national emergency.
    • Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance Program [DEA]) – if you are a dependent of a member of the Armed Forces who died or who is 100% disabled based on a service-related reason.
    • Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment [VR&E]) – NOT THE GI BILL – if you are a disabled veteran.
  • The state of Ohio offers certain benefits:
    • MIRF (Military Injured Relief Fund) – if you were injured in the line of duty.
    • Ohio Veterans Bonus – if you entered and left the military from the state of Ohio.
    • Ohio War Orphans Scholarship – if you are the child of a deceased or severely disabled Ohio veteran.
    • Ohio National Guard Scholarship – if you have served or are currently serving in the Ohio National Guard.
  • There are also private scholarships, including:
    • The Pat Tillman Scholarship – if you are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran committed to a life of service.
    • Fisher House Scholarships for Military Children – if you are the dependent unmarried child of an active duty, reserve, retired, or deceased service member.
    • The Fry Scholarship – if you are entitled to 36 months of benefits at 100% but are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.