VA Benefits

VA Education benefits provide financial support for your experience at IU. This page will help you understand your benefits eligibility.

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A summary of benefit options is listed below. For complete details about each program, visit the GI Bill® Web site. Before you apply for VA benefits, make sure you have completed the steps outlined in Getting Started.

Options for Benefits

There are significant differences between Chapter 30 and Chapter 33 benefits. You can switch from the Chapter 30 program to Chapter 33, but the change is permanent, and should only be made after you understand the differing amounts of entitlement available under each program.

Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of educational benefits toward your IU degree or certificate program. Benefits are available to you for 15 years after ending active duty. Under this program, you are entitled to funds based on the length of time you were active duty. Dependents may also use Chapter 33 benefits transferred to them by their sponsor.

Yellow Ribbon Program
Section 702, The Choice Act

Beginning July 1, 2015: Section 702, The Choice Act, requires public institutions of higher learning to charge resident tuition rates to veterans and dependents of veterans who are using Post 9/11, Montgomery GI Bill® or Fry Scholarship benefits and are within 3 years after their final discharge from active service.

You must be discharged or complete terminal leave during the semester to qualify.

The Yellow Ribbon program under the Post 9/11 GI Bill provides additional financial assistance to nonresident students whose costs are not fully covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

To qualify, you must be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at the 100% tier and be charged non-resident tuition rates. Active duty service members and spouses using transferred benefits are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon.

Please call 812-856-1985 or email vetserv@indiana.edu with any questions about Yellow Ribbon.

Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)—Active Duty

This program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits toward your IU degree or certificate program. Benefits are available to you for 10 years after ending active duty. You must have contributed $1,200 to the MGIB during your first year on active duty to be eligible.

Chapter 31, Disabled Veterans Qualified for Vocational Rehabilitation

In most cases, in order to receive Chapter 31 education benefits, you must receive monthly VA disability payments. However, exceptions are made in some cases. This award will cover tuition, books, supplies, and other education-related expenses. Application is separate and distinct from the education benefit applications. Contact Veterans Support Services for further information.

Chapter 35, Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance

To receive funds toward your education under this program, you must be the son, daughter, or spouse of a deceased, disabled, or captive veteran. Limitations for receiving benefits vary with age, and the circumstances surrounding the veteran’s discharge.

Chapter 1606, Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve

The Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve benefits are available to members of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard. Funding will be provided toward your IU degree or certificate program.

Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) for Those Called to Active Duty under the National Call to Service Program

This education program provides up to 36 months of benefits for members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve, and National Guard who are placed on active duty because of war or other national emergency.

Chapter 901, Educational Assistance Test Program

To be eligible for benefits under this program, you must have enlisted in the Air Force between December 1, 1980, and September 30, 1981, and meet all other military requirements, including enlisting in specific Air Force specialties at select locations.

Please contact the Veteran Support Services office for more information on what each benefit has to offer you.

Other Veteran Benefits

Indiana Purple Heart

Indiana Purple Heart recipients may qualify for a state tuition fee remission. The Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs has applications for this program online.

In some instances, veterans attending college are eligible for unemployment benefits. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development offers detailed information concerning jobless benefits for student veterans.

Children of Disabled Indiana Veterans

Children of disabled Indiana veterans may qualify for a state tuition fee remission. The Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs has applications for this program online.

eBenefits

The eBenefits web portal is an online resource for tools and benefits-related information. The portal serves Veterans, Service members , their families, and their caregivers. Register for a Premium account at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal. See below for the eBenefits fact sheet and tips for using the eBenefits portal.

Please note: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.