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NOVA is authorized by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs to certify students who qualify for the Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty/Selected Reserves), Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and those who qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Getting Started

If you know you are eligible for one of these benefits, please click on the appropriate benefit located below for a step-by-step guide on how to use the benefit. If you are unsure of your eligibility or entitlement, please contact the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs at 1.888.442.4551.


Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty and Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserves

Benefit Summary:

Below is a summary of how the Department of Veterans Affairs processes Montgomery and Selected Reserves GI Bill® benefits and their general eligibility requirements. To fully determine your eligibility for either of these benefits, please contact the Department of Veteran Affairs directly at 888.442.4551.

  • The Montgomery GI Bill (Ch.30) is available for veterans who began active duty service after June 30, 1985 and paid into the benefit at the beginning of their service.
  • The Selected Reserves GI Bill (Ch.1606) is available to members of the Selected Reserves with a six-year service commitment.
  • Students are paid directly by the VA on a monthly basis while attending courses.

Students must verify their enrollment on WAVE at the end of each month in order to receive their benefit payment.


Chapter 31: VA Vocational Rehabilitation

Benefit Summary:

Below is a summary of how the Department of Veterans Affairs processes VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefits and their general eligibility requirements. Our VetSuccess on Campus Counselor, Jason Hunter, may be able to help you determine your eligibility for this benefit. You may also contact the Department of Veteran Affairs directly at 800.827.1000 to determine your eligibility.
  • Veterans with service connected disabilities may be eligible. A service-connected disability rating of at least 10% or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is required.
  • Must be used within 12 years of either the date of separation from active military service or the date in which the veteran was first notified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of a service-connected disability rating.
  • Can cover up to 100% of tuition and fees.

VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC)

NOVA offers VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) for Veterans, service members and their qualified dependents who attend or are planning to attend NOVA.

The VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program is a collaborative effort between NOVA and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the purpose of helping to ease Veterans' transition to student life and assisting them to achieve their educational and career goals.

The VetSuccess Counselor can assist you with:

  • How to apply for and maximize your VA educational benefits should you be eligible for more than one.
  • Information on college credit for military experience and training.
  • Vocational exploration and assistance in selecting a major/career compatible with your interests, aptitudes and abilities.
  • Information on other VA benefits to include disability compensation, life insurance, Home Loan Guarantee and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.
  • Electing your healthcare benefits with Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA).
  • Information and referrals for VA medical and mental health services.
  • Referrals to on-campus, community and VA resources to promote academic success.
  • Employment information and assistance. 

For more information, assistance, or to schedule an appointment, contact Jason Hunter, VetSuccess Counselor. Michelle Pohmer is a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor who has years of experience in Vocational Rehabilitation. She is also excited to be on campus and is ready to be of service to our Veteran and service member students.


Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill

Benefit Summary:

Below is a summary of how the Department of Veterans Affairs processes Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the general eligibility requirements. To fully determine your eligibility for this benefit, please contact the Department of Veteran Affairs directly at 888.442.4551.

Available for current service members and veterans (with an honorable discharge) with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 10, 2001 or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

To qualify for the full benefit a veteran must have served at least three years of active duty after September 10, 2001. A percentage of the full benefit will be awarded based on the time served. See Eligibility Requirements for more information.

The schools will receive payment for tuition and fees directly from the VA based on your percentage of eligibility. Students are issued a book stipend and a monthly housing stipend while attending courses (if eligible) directly by the VA, based on the percentage of eligibility and training time.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Policies:

Book Stipend:

The Book Stipend will pay up to $1,000 per year (100% eligibility) and will be paid out in increments based on the amount of credit hours pursued and the percentage of eligibility. The book stipend is paid in a lump sum to the student directly once the enrollment certification has been processed by the VA.

Fees:

The Post-9/11 GI Bill will only cover fees that are directly associated with tuition and attendance at the NOVA. For example, the Activity Fee can be covered. However, fees that are not required are not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Some of these fees include: Parking Registration Fee, Library Fees, and Monthly Printing Charges.

Exam Fees: The VA also offers the National Testing Program for approved reimbursement of certain examinations. You can find more information about this program here.

Housing Stipend:

Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible to receive the housing stipend. Children dependents of active duty service members are eligible.

Eligible students attending more than 1/2 time (7+ credits) may qualify for a living stipend equal to the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) amount payable to E-5 with dependents in the DC Metro Area. Students attending at least one course in a residential setting, with a combined training time of more than 1/2 time (7+ credits), may qualify for the full housing stipend, to be paid according to the percentage of eligibility. Individuals enrolled in all online courses will be eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowances for Housing, to be paid out according to the percentage of eligibility.

Payments are issued at the beginning of each month for training that occurred during the previous month. For example, assuming timely certification of enrollment by the school and timely processing by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, payments for training taken in January will be issued by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in February. Payments are made retroactively and only for the days actually attended, so if the term starts in the middle of January, the payment received in the beginning of February will be pro-rated accordingly. The first full payment would be issued in March for the month of February.

Transfer of Entitlement

If you are a current member of the Armed Forces, the Department of Defense (DoD) may offer you the opportunity to transfer benefits to your spouse or dependent children. The DoD is responsible for determining eligibility for transfer of entitlement. The law provides that an individual must have served at least 6 years in the Armed Forces and agrees to serve a minimum of four more years. For transfer of entitlement for dependent children, the service member must have served at least 10 years and still be currently serving.

In order to transfer benefits to a dependent the following steps must be taken:

The service member must go to the DoD transferability website to determine if their dependent(s) are eligible to receive the transferred benefits. This website is only available to military members and can be found here:

Transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill to Spouse and Dependents
http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp

Upon approval, the dependent may apply to use transferred benefits with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by going to the VONAPP website and filling out the 22-1990e (Step 1 above). The VA Form 22-1990e should only be completed and submitted to NOVA by the dependent after the DoD has approved the request for Transfer of Education Benefits on the DoD website.


Ch. 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance

Benefit Summary:

Below is a summary of how the Department of Veterans Affairs processes Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance GI Bill® benefits. To fully determine your eligibility for this benefit, please contact the Department of Veteran Affairs directly at 888.442.4551.

The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance GI Bill provides assistance to dependents of military service members with a service-connected, permanent, and total disability or who were MIA, POW, or died in connection with a service-related disability.

Students are paid directly by the VA on a monthly basis while attending courses.


Ch. 1607: Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

Benefit Summary:

Below is a summary of how the Department of Veterans Affairs processes Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) GI Bill® benefits and the general eligibility requirements. To fully determine your eligibility for this benefit, please contact the Department of Veteran Affairs directly at 888.442.4551.

Your eligibility is determined by the Department of Defense based on your total time of activated service.
You are paid directly by the VA on a monthly basis while attending courses.
You must verify your enrollment on WAVE at the end of each month in order to receive their benefit payment.

Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP)

The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Program (VMSDEP) provides education benefits to spouses and children of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who became at least 90% disabled as a result of military service in an armed conflict. (Scroll over highlighted text for additional information or see the note below). Military service includes service in the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves, the Virginia National Guard, or the Reserves. Armed conflict includes military operations against terrorism or as the result of a terrorist act, a peace-keeping mission, or any armed conflict after December 6, 1941.

  • NOTE: A Veteran’s 90-100% disability must have been directly caused by the Veteran’s involvement in: 1) military operations against terrorism; 2) a peacekeeping mission; 3) a terrorist act; 4) an armed conflict subsequent to December 6, 1941. The service connected disability cannot have been incurred during active duty that coincides with, but was not the direct result of, one of the listed events/missions.

The purpose of VMSDEP is to provide undergraduate or other postsecondary education to eligible participants by providing a waiver of tuition and all required fees associated with tuition at any public institution of higher education or other public accredited postsecondary institution granting a degree, diploma, or certificate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Benefits are available for up to 36 months.

To be eligible, children and spouses of qualifying veteran service members must meet the following requirements:

  • The dependent child must be between the ages 16 and 29 inclusively; there is no age restriction for spouses.
  • The qualifying military service member must be a current Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia presently and for five consecutive years prior to the date of application submission or must have entered military service as a citizen of Virginia.
  • In the case of a deceased qualifying military service member, the surviving spouse can meet the residency requirements contingent upon:
    1. Having been a Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia for five consecutive years prior to marrying the military service member or
    2. Presently being a Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia and for five consecutive years prior to the date of application submission.

Required Documentation:

A listing of the required documentation for this program can be found here:

 http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/education-employment/virginia-military-survivors-and-dependents-education-program/

Online Application for VMSDEP

To create a new account for this benefit, please use this link:

https://vmsdep.dvs.virginia.gov/Application/Login/Login.aspx

Frequently Asked Questions for VMSDEP

A listing of FAQ can be found here:

http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2014-15-VMSDEP-FAQs.pdf

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