Veterans Benefits

 

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, so we recommend that you compare your options using the VA GI Bill comparison table. This tool also helps you to 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

 

Steps to Using VA Benefits

  1. Apply for admission to our university
  2. Decide which GI Bill best fits your needs
  3. Complete and submit your Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)
  4. Complete forms 22-1990 (first time VA applicant) or 22-1995 (returning VA applicant)
  5. Keep an eye out for the VA to send your certificate of eligibility (COE)
  6. Fax your COE and completed form 22-1990 or 22-1995 to 304-724-3782/toll free: 877-480-4236, or email to vaquestions@apus.edu
  7. Register for class: if you use the Montgomery GI Bill, the VA will pay you directly meaning you will need to self-pay during registration
  8. We will submit verification of your enrollment to the VA after the drop period for when your course/courses begin
  9. You will need to re-verify your enrollment on the last day of each month you are enrolled in class

Top-UP

Top-Up is a VA benefit that may be used by active duty members who are not receiving 100% tuition assistance coverage for a course. 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.

Steps to Use Top-UP

  1. Fill out and print a copy of your completed form 22-1990
  2. Make a copy of your TA Approval form and write “TOP-UP” at the top of your forms
  3. Send both to the VA in St. Louis, MO: VA Regional Office, 400 South 18th Street | St. Louis, MO 63103 or fax to 314-552-9533
  4. This process must be followed for each course for which Top-Up is being used

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. 

Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits

If you are a disabled veteran, you may be entitled to Vocational Rehabilitation education benefits from the VA which may cover up to the full cost of tuition, books, and fees. You may also receive a stipend for course enrollments and technology expenses associated with taking courses online. Call the VA at 800-827-1000 and ask about Vocational Rehabilitation benefits. They will direct you to a case manager in your local area to review your claim. If approved, your case manager will fax VA form 28-1905 to us at 866-755-8763 after which we will allow access to your registered courses.

Survivors & Dependent Benefits

The Veterans Benefits Administration also provides benefits for eligible spouses and children of certain veterans. Benefits can vary depending on if they have been transferred from a Chapter 30 or Chapter 33 program, so please review the requirements carefully.

 

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