Benefits

Federal VA Benefits

Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill
Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill
Chapter 35 - Dependents Educational Assistance
Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve


Alabama VA Benefits

Alabama GI Dependents Scholarship

ANGEAP (Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Program)


 

Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill


Benefit Description


Recipients receive a monthly stipend from the VA and can receive up to 36 months of benefits. Recipients who combine this benefit with one or more other chapter benefits can receive up to 48 months of total benefits. The delimiting date for this benefit is 10 years from the last period of qualifying active duty service (at least 90 days in length). A recipient’s benefit amount is affected by their training time. VA benefits will not be processed for courses which are not required for a student’s degree plan and may or may not be processed for repeated courses.

All payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break). The monthly benefit amount paid is based on the length of service, category, and DoD put “Kickers” into the MGIB Fund (if applicable).

Recipients must verify enrollment at the end of each month by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Visit the WAVE website or call 1-877-823-2378. Failure to very enrollment will result in non-payment of the benefit.

If you would like to transfer from Chapter 30 to Chapter 33, please contact the Regional VA at 1-888-442-4551 for proper guidance.

 


 

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment


Benefit Description


Recipients may qualify to receive payment for tuition and fees, a subsistence allowance, and books. The veteran’s Vocational Rehabilitation counselor will determine the number of months of the veteran’s Chapter 31 Benefit eligibility.

Tuition and fee payments are paid directly to The University of South Alabama and are applied as a 3rd party payment to the student’s billing account. 

The VA will not pay for the following:

Tuition and fees which are already being paid by other forms of financial assistance specifically intended to pay tuition and fees (ex. Tuition Assistance, tuition scholarships, etc.).
Courses which are not required for a student’s degree plan.
Courses which are repeated for which the student has already earned an acceptable grade (as determined by their degree).
Courses which are withdrawn or dropped (the VA may pay part, but not all of the cost of such courses).
An e-mail will be sent to USA Bookstore after a student’s Request for Certification is processed by the Office of Veterans Affairs.


 

Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill


Benefit Description


Recipients may qualify to receive payment of tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, and a book stipend. Recipients can receive up to 36 months of benefits. Recipients who combine this benefit with one or more other Chapter Benefits can receive up to 48 months of total benefits.

Tuition and fee payments are paid directly to the University and are applied as a 3rd party payment to the student’s billing account. Students must notify the Veterans Affairs Center if their VA chapter benefits will exhaust during the semester in which benefits have been requested as this may result a reduced tuition and fee payment from the VA. The VA will not pay for the following:

Tuition and fees which are already being paid by other forms of financial assistance specifically intended to pay tuition and fees (ex. Tuition Assistance, tuition scholarships, etc.).
The portion of Program Fees which consist of charges for books, supplies, travel, food, or accommodations (the student is expected to use their book and housing stipends to pay for such charges).
Courses which are not required for a student’s degree plan.
Courses which are repeated for which the student has already earned an acceptable grade (as determined by their degree).
Courses which are withdrawn or dropped (the VA may pay part, but not all of the cost of such courses).
Monthly Housing Payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payment amounts vary annually and are on the Department of Defense (DoD) Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate for E-5’s with dependents. The amount of this benefit varies from 40% to 100% depending on the length of active duty service. Students enrolled in only distance learning or online courses are only eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowances for Housing. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break).

Book Stipends are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Payment amounts are equal to $41.67 per credit hour up to 24 hours in a single academic year ($1,000 maximum). A lump sum payment is made each semester. These stipends are prorated based upon the percentage of benefit awarded.

For financial aid purposes, the estimated housing expense in the estimated Cost of Attendance must be removed for any Active Duty Service Members with a FAFSA on file. This may result in a reduction of financial aid eligibility.


 

Chapter 35 - Dependents Educational Assistance


Benefit Description


Recipients receive a monthly stipend from the VA. Dependents’ Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents or certain veterans. A recipient’s benefit amount is affected by their training time. VA Benefits will not be processed for courses which are not required for a student’s degree plan and may or may not be processed for repeated courses.

All payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break).


Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve

 

Benefit Description


Recipients receive a monthly stipend from the VA and can receive up to 36 months benefits. Recipients who combine this benefit with one or more other Chapter Benefits can receive up to 48 months of total benefits. A recipient’s benefit amount is affected by their training time. VA Benefits will not be processed for courses which are not required for a student’s degree plan and may or may not be processed for repeated courses.

All payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break).

Recipients must verify enrollment at the end of each month by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Visit the WAVE website or call 877-823-2378. Failure to verify enrollment will result in non-payment of the benefit.

The Department of Defense has announced it will not authorize Tuition Assistance for classes for which a service member is also receiving VA Chapter 1606 benefits.


 
Alabama State GI Scholarship

Benefit Description


The Alabama GI Dependent's Scholarship provides tuition and books for 10 semesters
Disability Requirements: Beginning in July 31, 2017, veterans must be rated 40% or more due to service connected disabilities or have held the qualifying rating at the time of death, be a former prisoner of war (POW), declared missing in action (MIA), died as a result of a service-connected disability rating or died while on active military service in the line of duty.


Students must apply for this benefit through your county VA office. 


The Office of Veterans Affairs must receive a copy of the student's Certificate of Eligibility and a mandatory FERPA form must be filled out and returned to the Office of Veterans' Affairs.


ANGEAP (Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Program)

Benefit Description


This is a benefit for students currently serving in the Alabama National Guard (Army and Air Guard) that provides up to $5,080 per semester.
To qualify, you must be in good standing with your guard unit, meaning you cannot be flagged for any reason (PT test, missing drills…).
To apply for this benefit, please complete the application (every semester that you want to use this benefit) and turn it in to the Office of Financial Aid.
 
Once the money arrives at the university, it will be applied to your student account. It will be reviewed by the Financial Aid office to verify you were not over-awarded on loans. If not, and there are no charges on your account, a refund will be issued to the student.
As a reminder, you must have a completed FAFSA on file with the University of South Alabama for the semester that you are applying for ANGEAP.