The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) offers a number of educational benefits to veterans. This page contains information and links on how to use your veterans benefits at our university.
GI Bill® Options
There are multiple GI Bill® benefits and each is different. We recommend that you compare your options using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool or the comparison table at the VA website. These tools can help you calculate your benefits, research approved programs, and determine eligibility.
In addition, you can view more detailed information on the following programs:
- The Post-9/11 GI Bill® - If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.
- Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty (MGIB-AD) - Provides education benefits to Veterans and Servicemembers who have at least two years of active duty.
- Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) - Provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including 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.
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) - Provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)- Available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program.
- Survivors and Dependent Educational Assistance Program (DEA)- 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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Steps to Using VA Benefits
The Top-Up benefit may be used when a student is using Active Duty federal tuition assistance and the course cost will not be completely funded by TA. TA Top-Up may be used for Chapter 30 & 33 only. For example, if the course cost is $975 and TA pays $750, your out-of-pocket expense is $225. You may submit the $225 to the VA for reimbursement using Top-Up. You are responsible for paying any balance not covered by TA at the start of your course. Access to the course will not be permitted until the balance is paid in full. Students who wish to apply for TA Top-Up should contact VAQuestions@apus.edu to request a TA Top-Up Request Form. APUS will submit an enrollment to the VA to include the amount of tuition and fees’ remaining after all TA funding has been reduced. Please note, the use of Top-Up will exhaust a portion of your GI Bill® benefits. The amount exhausted depends on the chapter benefit being used and the time length of the courses.
Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
Survivors & Dependent Benefits