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Veterans Benefits

Summary of Benefits

All rates effective October 1, 2007

Chapter 30
Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)

The MGIB program provides up to thirty-six (36) months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for approved degree and certificate programs here at MCC. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for ten (10) years following an individual’s release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as “Chapter 30.”

  • Service after July 1, 1985
  • Serves two (2) or three (3) years of continuous Active Duty/Selected Reserves for four (4) or more years
  • Has GED or high school diploma
  • Contributes $100 per month for the first twelve (12) months of service
  • May be eligible for DOD "kickers"

Accrues at the rate of one (1) month for each month of active duty up to a maximum of thirty-six (36 months after serving three (3) or more years Active Duty:

Full $1,101.00* ¾ $825.75*
½ $ 550.50* ¼ $275.25*

Two years Active Duty:

Full $894.00* ¾ $670.50*
½ $447.00* ¼ $223.55*

*No additional amounts for dependents of payee. VA Educational Benefits expire ten (10) years from date of release from active duty.

*Additional amounts are paid if you have dependents. Rate reviewed semiannually with Consumer Price Index.

The amount of benefit depends on number of months and amount of money the veteran contributed. Educational benefits expire ten (10) years from date of discharge.


Vietnam Era GI Bill

Oldest program – phased out January 1, 1990; (is now Chapter 30/34) 181 days of continuous active duty (not Reservist) after January 31, 1955 and before December 31, 1976.

If veteran continued on active duty through June 1, 1988, delayed entry may apply. Veterans with eighteen (18) months or more service will have forty-five (45) months of entitlement. Veterans with less than eighteen (18) months of service are entitled to 1 ½ months for each month of service.

Full $1.289.00* ¾ $967.25*
½ $ 644.50* ¼ $322.25*

*Additional amounts are paid if you have dependents. Rates reviewed semiannually with Consumer Price Index.


Chapter 32
Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP - Phase Out)

VEAP is available if the student first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and elects to make contributions from his/her military pay to participate in this education benefit program. The Government matches contributions on a $2 for $1 basis. This benefit may be used for approved degree and certificate programs here at MCC. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

The amount of benefit depends on number of months and amount of money the veteran contributed. Educational benefits expire ten (10) years from date of discharge.


Chapter 31
Vocational Rehabilitation for Disabled Veterans
Winston-Salem, NC

Veterans need a ten to twenty percent (10 to 20%) service-connected disability or more to apply. May be as much as forty-eight (48) months entitlement. Additional amounts may be paid for dependents; plus tuition, fees, books and supplies are paid for by the VA.

Full $520.74 ¾ $391.27
½ $261.81    

Chapter 35
Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance

For spouses and children of 100% service-connected disabled veterans or spouses/children of veterans who died in service. Forty-five (45) months of entitlement (or equivalent in part-time training) are allowed under this program.

Full $881.00 ¾ $661.00
½ $439.00 ¼ $220.25

No additional amounts for dependents of payee.

For spouse, you have ten (10) years from the date of veteran's 100% disability or death to utilize the benefits.

Dependents have eight (8) years from date of 100% rating or death (not to exceed age 31.)


Chapter 1606 (formerly 106)
Select Reserve or National Guard Education Benefit
(Montgomery GI Bill)

  • Enlists or Re-enlists (Officer - for six (6) or more years in the Selected Reserves after July 1, 1985)
  • Has GED or high school diploma
  • Has completed initial active duty for training
  • Has completed 180 days of service in the Selected Reserve

Maximum of thirty-six (36) months of full-time training or its equivalent in part-time training.

Full $317.00 ¾ $237.00
½ $157.00 ¼ $ 79.25

No additional amounts for dependents of payee.

Ten (10) years from date of eligibility benefits expire.


Chapter 1607
New Education Benefit for Activated Reservists

H.R. 4200 created a new education benefit that we call the "Reserve Educational Assistance Program" (REAP) or Chapter 1607. This new program makes certain individuals who were activated after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

  • Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005
  • Has GED or High School Diploma
  • Members may be eligible after serving ninety (90) consecutive days on active duty after September 11, 2001

The benefit payable under Chapter 1607 is a percentage of the Chapter 30 three-year or more enlistment rate ($1,004.00 as of October 01, 2004 ). H.R 4200 authorizing the creation of a new education benefit was signed into law on October 28, 2004. The new benefit, Chapter 1607, makes certain individuals who were activated after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

Training Time Service of 90 days
but less than one year
Service
of 1year +
Service
of 2 years +
Full Time $440.40 $660.60 $880.80
¾ Time $330.30 $495.45 $660.60
½ Time $220.20 $330.30 $440.40

Less than ½ time but more than ¼ time

**$220.20 **$330.30 **$440.40
¼ time or less **$110.10 **$166.15 **$220.20

**Tuition and Fees ONLY. Payment cannot exceed the listed amount.

If you have never submitted an Education Claim to VA:

  • Submit a completed Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990).
  • Submit copies of all available documents such as your Discharge from Military Service (DD 214 Form), copies of orders to active duty and any other documentation available as evidence of qualifying service.
  • Annotate "Chapter 1607" prominently on all correspondence and documents.

If you have previously filed a claim for Education benefits:

  • A new application form is not required. However, you should submit copies of all available documents such as your Discharge from Military Service (DD 214 Form), copies of orders to active duty and anything else available as evidence of qualifying service to help establish eligibility for this program.
  • You should also submit a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995) which should be annotated "1607."
  • Annotate "Chapter 1607" prominently on all correspondence and documents.

How many months will I be entitled to Chapter 1607?

You will receive thirty-five (36) months of full time entitlement at your given rate. A Chapter 1607 participant may not use more than forty-eight (48) months of entitlement under any combination of VA Educational programs. For example, if you have already used twenty (20) months of Chapter 1606, you will only receive twenty-eight (28) months of Chapter 1607. Remember, that is thirty-six (36) months at the full-time training rate.

Do I lose my Chapter 1606 kicker under Chapter 1607?

No, you will not lose the kicker. The Chapter 1606 kicker will be included in the Chapter 1607 benefit, so long as you were entitled to a Chapter 1606 kicker before the call-up.


Work-Study Program

This program is available to any student receiving VA education benefits that is attending school at least three-quarter (¾) time. An individual working under this program may work at the school veterans' office or at approved VA facilities. Work-study is paid at the minimum wage rate and the student can work up to twenty-five (25) hours a week.


NC National Guard Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

This program is available to any student who is a member of the North Carolina National Guard and pays tuition/fees. Students who wish to use TAP must submit a completed and signed VA Form 621-100 from their Commanding Officer. This form must be completed each semester.

Effective July 1, 2006, the Education Office will automatically add $500.00 per semester to the tuition amount requested on the NC TAP form. The $500.00 is to help students purchase books without having to pay for them “out of pocket.” The yearly maximum for tuition/fees/books is $4,515.02.

Numbers to Know

1-800-442-4551

VA Regional Processing Office, Atlanta

General Inquiries and Information
Address change
Request to establish benefits

1-877-823-2378

Veterans Administration

VA Monthly verification of attendance

1-877-838-2778

VA Direct Deposit Center for Education

Start, stop or change direct deposit information

1-336-631-5200

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation Students ONLY

(Winston Salem )
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist

1-866-297-4427

AARTS

(Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System)
Information on how to receive personal or official transcripts

1-877-253-7122

SMART

(Sailor/Marine/ACE Registry Transcript System)
Information on how to receive personal or official transcripts

1-202-939-9470

ACE

(American Council on Education) Military Programs
Credit recommendations or ACE Guide Questions

Checklist for Certifying Benefits

Thank you for choosing Montgomery Community College for your educational endeavors. The following procedures are intended to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted certification and continuation of benefits while you are here. Our staff is ready to help you during any step in the process so please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.

A. Certifying VA Educational Benefits and Applying for Financial Aid

This procedure can also be found in a step-by-step process on the VA Benefits Home Page under Certify VA Education Benefits. [this should link to that page]

In order for your VA Education Benefits to be certified, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Active servicemembers must consult with their Education Services Officer prior to submitting an application for VA benefits to Montgomery Community College.

  2. Veterans, active servicemembers, Guard and Reserve, and survivors and dependents must complete an application for VA educational benefits at VONAPP [Make this a hyperlink to www.gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/application/] and supply copies of applicable documentation* to Montgomery Community College. [Each of the following targets the corresponding title on VA Educational Benefits Forms Required for Certification page. This will be a new page and is provided at the end of this document]

    • Chapter 30 (GI Bill)

    • Chapter 34 (Old GI Bill - Veterans Educational Assistance Program]

    • Chapter 35 (Survivors and Dependents)

    • Chapter 1606 (Guard and Reserve)

    • Chapter 1607 (Reserve Education Assistance Program)

    • Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)

  3. Veterans, Guard, and Reserve must supply a copy of their DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty to Montgomery Community College.

  4. Veterans, active servicemembers, Guard and Reserve, and survivors and dependents must apply for admission [make this a hyperlink to admission form] and submit a copy of your acceptance letter from Montgomery Community College to the VA Certifying Official.

  5. Veterans, active servicemembers, Guard and Reserve, and survivors and dependents must request official transcripts [make this a hyperlink to transcript request form] (high school/GED, college, College Level Examination Program, or Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support test results) to be sent directly to Montgomery Community College Admissions Office from all other educational institutions attended.

  6. Within two-to-three weeks after you apply for or transfer VA benefits, you will normally receive a letter from VA informing you that they have received your application and are processing it.

  7. Approximately 45 – 60 days (sometimes longer, depending on the workload at the Regional Processing Office in Atlanta ) after your application has been submitted, you will receive two copies of a letter from the VA entitled "Certificate of Eligibility." Copy Number 2 is for the VA Certifying Official at Montgomery Community College for inclusion in your VA file.

  8. Upon receipt of your official letter of acceptance from Montgomery Community College, submit a copy to the VA Certifying Official at Montgomery Community College and consult with him/her prior to registration to ensure transcripts and other necessary paperwork has been entered into your file. The VA Certifying Official will aid you in ensuring your courses match your degree program. It is ultimately your responsibility to follow the approved courses listed for your degree program. Certification cannot take place until after you are successfully enrolled in classes. (See Registering for Classes.) [Link to Registering for Classes section below.]

    Veterans, active servicemembers, Guard and Reserve, and survivors and dependents may also apply for additional financial aid through FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by completing the following steps:

    I will not be applying for additional financial aid through FAFSA. What happens next? [Goes to the section titled Registering for Classes.]

  9. Gather the following information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

    • Social Security Number

    • Current year tax return or W-2 forms

    • Driver's license number

    • Amounts received from Social Security of Veterans Administration

    • Amounts of child support paid or received

    • Estimated net value of assets

    • Montgomery Community College's School Code: 008087

  10. Go to www.pin.ed.gov to obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to electronically sign your financial aid application, then proceed to www.fafsa.gov to file for financial aid.

  11. Within 24 hours to 2 days receive a copy (electronic if you provided an e-mail address) of your Student Aid Report (SAR.) Review and make necessary changes at www.fafsa.gov.

  12. Begin watching e-mail box (including junk mail) or home mail box for a checklist from Montgomery Community College of items for you to complete and return to the college by e-mail, U.S. mail or in person. Financial aid applications are not complete until all additional forms are filled out and returned to the college.

  13. Once all forms have been returned to the college, look for a rose-colored award letter in the mail informing you of your financial aid award. In the event you do not qualify for financial aid, you will be notified by the college by mail or e-mail.

    According to NC state law, tuition and fees must be paid at the time of registration. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee financial aid to any student who has not received a rose-colored award letter by one of the following dates:

Montgomery Community College Financial Aid Priority Dates

If you will be attending
MCC this
You must have your rose-colored award letter by this date
Fall July 1
Spring November 1
Summer April 1

B. Registering for Classes

  1. With the help of your advisor, (new students will be directed to the appropriate advisor on open registration day,) complete a trial schedule.

  2. Register for classes. (You will be directed to the appropriate location on registration day.)

  3. If you will be receiving financial aid, you will be directed to the financial aid officer. If you will be receiving only VA educational benefits, you will be directed to the VA Certifying Official.

  4. Provide a copy of your official registration form to the VA Certifying Official. If all applicable documentation (see Certifying VA Educational Benefits procedure above [link to that above]) is present in your file, the VA Certifying Official will certify your benefits and give you a certification ID #.

  5. Go to the business office with your registration form. Any financial aid will be applied at this time. Pay tuition and fees as applicable.

    Please note: Students certified for all chapters (with the exception of chapter 31 – vocational rehabilitation) are responsible for tuition, fees, and books. School costs cannot be charged to Veterans Affairs. Please be prepared to pay out-of-pocket expenses to start school. It takes approximately 45 to 60 days to start receiving VA benefit payments once you are certified by the VA Certifying Official at Montgomery Community College.

C. Keeping Your Benefits Running Smoothly

  1. Only courses required to complete the appropriate curriculum or remaining elective courses in the individual's curriculum as published in the Montgomery Community College catalog may be counted in qualifying for VA benefits. The VA will not pay for non-degree or additional courses.

    • The Montgomery Community College course curriculum for your degree is the official list of courses covered under VA educational benefits. Any courses taken outside of the stated curriculum may be your financial responsibility.

    • Second or subsequent changes to include an additional school requires documentation of approval by the head of your degree program to be provided to the VA Certifying Official. A request for approval for such will then be submitted to the North Carolina State Approving Agency (NCSAA.) Approval must be made before your certification can be processed.

    • The VA will not pay for courses previously passed with a grade of "D" or higher; courses for which transfer credit has been granted; courses passed by a proficiency exam or credit received for military schools.

    • The VA will not pay for enrollment in the following: course audits, independent study, repeated courses previously passed, credit by examination, courses not required in chosen curriculum, and courses attempted more than two times.

    • A full-time undergraduate student will be eligible to receive full VA benefits (12 credit hours or six credit hours minimum each term under compressed terms.) For a student who enrolls for less than full-time, the amount he/she can receive in benefits will be prorated.

    • In the event that you are unable to meet full-time enrollment requirements during your last semester at Montgomery Community College, see your VA Certifying Official concerning additional class hours.

  2. A record your file. It is the responsibility of the student to advise the VA Certifying Official of any change in status such as droof approval of any changes must be provided to your VA Certifying Official at Montgomery Community College for inclusion in pping/adding courses, course substitutions, or withdrawal from the school after a semester or term has begun.

  3. It is ultimately the student's responsibility to report any changes and to enroll in classes that meet the degree requirement. Failure to comply with these requirements and proper procedures could result in an overpayment situation, a lapse in payment, or a reduction in benefits. Any extraneous benefits being received by the student will be terminated and/or recouped as quickly as possible; the government aggressively pursues repayment of any overpayments.

  4. In the event you drop or add a course, please provide a copy of the required paperwork to your VA Certifying Official.

  5. In the event of an address change, please notify the VA Certifying Official and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  6. Montgomery Community College certifies students using the beginning and ending dates of the terms stated on the approved academic calendar. Internships or externships are reported as irregular calendar dates and approval must be received by the North Carolina State Approving Agency prior to certification.

  7. Students will automatically be paid for breaks between terms of less than 30 days. If you do not want to be paid for these breaks, please notify the VA.

  8. Students taking classes at another institution with the purpose of transferring required credit back to Montgomery Community College must provide a visiting student letter to the visiting school and to the VA Certifying Official at Montgomery Community College. You may be certified as a visiting student at the other institution provided all requirements are met.

  9. Students whose grade point average (GPA) falls below a 2.0 may be placed on probation. Failure to achieve a GPA of 2.0 while on probation could result in suspension of VA educational benefits for unsatisfactory progress.

  10. Students are under obligation to both Montgomery Community College and VA regulations, bearing in mind that VA regulations may differ from Montgomery Community College regulations.

  11. Students receiving VA benefits are subject to all rules and regulations stated in the Montgomery Community College catalog.

Additional Forms Required for VA Educational Benefits and Vocational Rehabilitation

Chapter 30 (GI Bill)

  • VA Form 22-1990 Application or VA Form 22-1995 Application

  • Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) Transcript – or –

  • Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (SMART) Transcript

  • Approved Education Plan/Curriculum Sheet

Chapter 34/30 (Old GI Bill – Veterans Educational Assistance Program

  • VA Form 22-1990 Application or VA Form 22-1995 Application

  • Form 686C if you have dependents

  • VA Form 21-674 if you have dependent children over the age of 18

Chapter 35 (Survivors and Dependents)

  • VA Form 22-5490 Application or 22-5495 Application and a birth certificate of dependent filing for claim

Chapter 1606 (Guard and Reserve)

  • VA Form 22-1990 Application or VA Form 22-1995 Application

  • Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE Unit Form)

  • Certified copy of DD-214 (for active duty time/basic training)

Chapter 1607 (Reserve Education Assistance Program)

  • VA Form 22-1990 Application or VA Form 22-1995 Application

  • Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE Unit Form)

  • Certified copy of DD-214 (for active duty time/basic training)

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)

  • VA Form 28-1905 Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status (from your VR counselor)

  • Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) Transcript – or –

  • Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (SMART) Transcript

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I Qualify For VA Benefits?

A. The Veterans Administration (VA) will make a determination of whether or not you qualify for veterans benefits, including the amount of your monthly benefit when your application and certification are submitted. Please see the chart “Summary of VA Educational Benefits” for more detailed information. For questions and inquiries regarding VA Education Benefits, call 1-888-GIBILL1(1-888-442-4551) or visit www.gibill.va.gov.

Q. How Do I Apply?

A. Go to the Montgomery Community College VA Benefits home page and click on "Apply for VA Benefits" for a step-by-step process. Or click on "Checklist & Procedures" to view the entire process.

Q. How Much Will VA Pay?

A. Veteran benefits are not taxable and therefore should not be reported to the IRS. The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, and if Department of Defense (DOD) added extra money into your Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) account ("kickers"). You usually have ten (10) years to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be less or longer in some cases. Please refer to the “Summary of VA Education Benefits” chart for more information.

Q. How Much Of The Cost Will My VA Benefits Cover?

A. The Department of Veterans Affairs will pay only for the exact number of days a student is enrolled. Thus if a student begins classes on the 15th of a month, VA will pay from the 15th to the end of the month. VA education benefits pay only a portion of the total cost of the program. Under current laws, VA education benefit payments are based on both the rate of training (such as full-time or half-time) and on the length of training.

Veterans enrolled in courses under the Montgomery G.I. Bill will receive a monthly check from the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA will make a determination of your monthly benefit when your application and certification are submitted. Generally, thirty-six (36) months of full-time benefits are provided. The monthly benefit amount is determined by the course-load taken. A full-time undergraduate student will be eligible to receive full VA benefits (twelve (12) credit hours minimum or six (6) credit hours minimum each term under compressed terms). Benefits for a student who enrolls for less than full-time will be prorated. Bear in mind that full time requirements for off campus locations may vary because of accelerated terms. Veterans should contact the VA Certifying Official at MCC for more information.

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  • Checklist for Certifying Benefits

    Thank you for choosing Montgomery Community College for your educational endeavors. The following procedures are intended to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted certification and continuation of benefits while you are here. Our staff is ready to help you during any step in the process so please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.

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