Benefits at a Glance
Please see below the list of VA Educational benefits that you may be entitled to. Use the GI Bill® Comparison Tool to see funding possibilities. You may be able to qualify for more than one VA education benefit, go to va.gov to determine eligibility.
Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty
The Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty (Chapter 30) (also called “MGIB” or “MGIB-AD”) is an education benefit that provides up to 36 months of full-time payments to eligible veterans and service members for approved education and training programs. The stipend is paid directly to the student, it is the student’s responsibility to pay their account balance to the university.
Chapter 31: Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)
The VR&E program is referred to as Chapter 31. It assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities and employment handicaps to prepare for, obtain, and maintain a job. Your program of study must be approved by a VR&E representative to utilize this program at any institution. The VA will pay all tuition and fees directly to the university and MHA to the student.
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®
Chapter 33 provides 36 months of full-time payments to eligible veterans and service members for approved education and training programs. If you’ve served on active duty after September 10, 2001, you may qualify. Chapter 33 will pay for tuition and fees, a textbook stipend, and a monthly housing allowance (MHA) based off the physical location of the class/program. This benefit may also be transferred to an eligible dependent of the service member. The VA will pay all tuition and fees directly to the university and MHA to the student.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Students who are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program (i.e., veterans with 36 months or more of cumulative active-duty service or eligible dependents) under the Post-9/11 GI Bill can have all tuition and fees covered by their educational benefit and an FDU Yellow Ribbon Grant. FDU is proud to make this offer to all our undergraduate and graduate students, whether they are on-campus, on-site, or online.
Chapter 35: Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
If you’re the child or spouse of a Veteran or service member who has died, is captured or missing, or has service-connected disabilities, you may be entitled to Chapter 35. This is a monthly stipend that is paid directly to the student, it is the student’s responsibility to pay their account balance to the university.
Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill® – Selected Reserve
The Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR, Chapter 1606) provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserve. This includes the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard Reserves. It also includes the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
Tuition Assistance (TA) is a federally funded program that helps offset the price of attending a university. Each branch of the military has specific application forms and procedures for tuition assistance. To initiate the process, visit your local installation education center, and speak with your unit’s Education Service Officer (ESO).
Tuition Assistance can offer up to:
- $250 per semester hour
- $166 per quarter hour
- $4,500 per fiscal year
Before enrolling in your course or degree program, you may need to create an education plan or undergo TA orientation. Your service’s education center and Education Service Officer must approve your military tuition assistance before you can enroll in any course.
VA Work Study Program
If you’re a full-time or 3/4-time student in a college degree, vocational, or professional program, you can “earn while you learn” with a VA work-study allowance. The VA work-study allowance is available to persons utilizing VA Education Benefits to pay for school. To find out more about position openings and to apply contact Dr. Martha Papson Garcia, Director of Veterans Services, or Joseph Cerciello, Assistant Director of Veterans Services.
Any questions regarding educational benefits not answered on this page can be directed toward our certifying officials.