Veterans Affairs Education Programs


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determines a person's eligibility for VA Education Benefits based on the military records they have on file for a service member, veteran, or a transferee. If you are unsure about your eligibility for benefits, please contact the VA directly by either calling 1-888-GI-BILL-1 or use the Submit-a-Question feature on their website. 

Below you will find a list of commonly used VA Education Benefits Chapters used at Georgetown University. Learn more for a full list of VA Education Benefits Chapters.

Post-9/11 veterans educational Assistance act (chapter 33)

Eligible service members, spouses, and dependents may receive up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. The following payments may be available:

  • Tuition paid to the school
  • Monthly housing allowance paid to the recipient
  • Annual books and supplies stipend paid to recipient

How much a student receives in payments varies on enrollment at a public or private school, military status, and course registration each semester.

Learn more about the Post-9/11 chapter and review current payment rates.

Yellow Ribbon Program (Chapter 33)

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act. This program allows institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the in-state tuition and fees of public institutions or the amount payable to private institutions in an academic year. Each year, institutions can enter into an agreement or adjust an agreement to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  Therefore, the rates and maximums for the Yellow Ribbon Program can change from year-to-year. Please visit our website Yellow Ribbon Program page for more information. 

montgomery gi bill® active duty (Chapter 30)

Eligible service members may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, any college fund eligibility, and if you contributed to the $600 buy-up program. You usually have 10 years to use your Montgomery benefits, but the time limit can be fewer or more years depending on the situation.

How much a student receives in the monthly payment varies depending if the student participated in the $600 Buy-Up program and course registration each semester.

Learn more about the Montgomery Active Duty chapter and review current payment rates.

Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to eligible service members of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes 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. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Learn more about the Montgomery Selected Reserve chapter and review current payment rates.

survivors' and dependents' educational assistance (Chapter 35)

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)
Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. Eligible spouses and dependents may receive up to 45 months of education benefits when a veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connect disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the armed forces.

How much a student receives in the monthly payment varies depending on the student’s course registration each semester.

Learn more about the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance chapter and review current payment rates.

vocational rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. The mission of VR&E is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. Also, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services provide vocational-educational counseling to veterans and certain dependents. VR&E can provide a wide range of vocational and educational counseling services to service members still on active duty, as well as veterans and dependents who are eligible for one of VA's educational benefit programs.

Eligible service members with a service related disability can receive a comprehensive evaluation from the Department of Veterans Affairs to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment by providing vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services. In some cases, post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school is indicated as a required step in a veteran’s plan to attain gainful employment. 

Learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation and how to apply.