Military benefits


Military service members and their families may be eligible for government programs that assist with education expenses at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Only the Department of Veterans Affairs can determine your eligibility for VA education benefits, and each program has specific requirements.

If you are unsure which program applies to you, compare benefits through the VA website or call the GI Bill helpline at (888) 442-4551.

Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9-11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education assistance based on active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001. Components include:

  • Ch. 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill (active duty)
  • Transferability to dependents
  • Yellow Ribbon Program

Montgomery GI Bill

The Montgomery GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education assistance based on active duty service. Components include:

  • Ch. 30 Montgomery GI Bill
  • Ch. 1606 Montgomery GI Bill (selected reserves)

Survivors and dependents assistance

Federal and state survivors and dependents programs provide education assistance to dependents of veterans who became permanently disabled or died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. Programs include:

  • Ch. 35 Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program
  • Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program

Vocational rehabilitation

Chapter 31 is a program for servicemembers and veterans with service-connected physical or mental disabilities.

Tuition assistance

All branches of the U.S. military provide tuition assistance for active-duty service members, including those in National Guard or Reserve units. Eligibility criteria, benefit options and application procedures vary by branch. Billing and processing are not handled by Military Student Services, but we are available for guidance.

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