Veterans Services Office

 

VA Educational and Vocational Benefits

 

(Educational Benefit Chapters, Waivers & Obtaining Documentation)

For further information about VA educational and training benefits please go to: https://www.va.gov/education and for information on the different VA educational benefit chapters on VA's GI Bill®* website go to: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/education_programs.asp 

 

For information on how to apply for most VA educational benefits please go to: https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/ 

 

 

Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill®: The Montgomery GI Bill® can provide educational assistance for eligible veterans who have served on active duty for two or more years and have been honorably discharged from the service. (For veteran who served as Reservists for six or more years see Chapter 1606). Please go to the VA web site for further details on specific eligibility criteria: (https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/montgomery_bill.asp). All students who feel they might be eligible should submit an application on-line at www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/ The Department of Veteran Affairs will review your application and will generally notify you of their decision within 30 days. 

 

Verifying Enrollment Each Month: (For Chapters: 30,  1606 & 1607) After the student has been approved for benefits by the VA and certified for the semester by the CCSF Certifying Official he/she must verify continued enrollment with the federal VA office in Muskogee, Oklahoma. This must be done at the beginning of each following month before payments will be issued. For example: classes start in August you verify September 1, and so on, by either calling 1-877-823-2378 or by going to the VA web site at www.gibill.va.gov

 

 

Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation: Voc. Rehab. provides assistance for veterans who have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from VA and who do not have a dishonorable discharge. Flyers with details of the Voc Rehab process are in Cloud 333. You can also find further details about Voc Rehab online at:

 

https://www.va.gov/careers-employment/vocational-rehabilitation/eligibility/   

 

Apply for Voc. Rehab. via ebenefits (preferred), via VSO, by paper claim or in person at:


Veterans Regional Office
1301 Clay Street, Room 1300 North
Oakland, CA 94612
1-800-827-1000 or (510) 637-6128 

 

 

Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill®: This GI Bill® Is for Veterans who served on active duty for a defined period of time after 09/10/01. Chapter 33 offers Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH, a book stipend per term/semester (not to exceed $1,000 per academic year) and pays for tuition and required college fees. For further information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill go to: https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/post-9-11/ or https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp The VA web-site also provides continuous updates about new GI bill program(s).   

 

Apply on-line for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® at www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/

 

 

Chapter 35, Dependants Educational Assistance (DEA): Educational assistance paid to dependants (spouse/children) of veterans who are permanently and 100% disabled due to a service connected condition or who died in the service of a service-connected disability. Please go to the following website for further details: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp or https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/DEA.asp Apply on-line at https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/

 

Chapter 35 Dependant Benefits must do monthly enrollment verification with the VA. The VA Administration will send out a monthly enrollment verification letter to the Chapter 35 beneficiary which must be filled out by the student and returned to the VA.

 

 

Chapter 1606, Montgomery GI Bill® for Selected Reserve: This program provides educational assistance for active members of the selected reserves, including members of the Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard. Basic eligibility requires a six-year obligation to serve in the selected reserves, and satisfactory participation in required selective reserve training. Participants must be signed up for a six year commitment.  To apply, follow the instructions provided at: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp

 

Verifying Enrollment Each Month: (For Chapters: 30,  1606 & 1607) After the student has been approved by the VA and certified by CCSF's Certfying Official for the semester he/she must verify continued enrollment with the federal VA office in Muskogee, Oklahoma. This must be done at the beginning of each following month before payments will be issued. For example: classes start in August you verify September 1, and so on, by either calling 1-877-823-2378 or by going to the VA web site at www.gibill.va.gov. 

 

 

Chapter 1607, Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP) & Changes in REAP Eligibility: REAP was established as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. However, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended REAP on November 25, 2015. Some individuals will remain eligible for REAP benefits until November 25, 2019, while others are no longer eligible for REAP benefits.

 

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® in many ways has replaced REAP because it also provides educational assistance benefits for Reserve and National Guard members called to active duty on or after September 11, 2001, and in many cases provides a greater benefit than REAP. For more information please go to: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/reap.asp
  

Verifying Enrollment Each Month: (For Chapters: 30,  1606 & 1607) After the student has been approved by the VA and certified by CCSF's Certifying Official for the semester he/she must verify continued enrollment with the federal VA office in Muskogee, Oklahoma. This must be done at the beginning of each following month before payments will be issued. For example: classes start in August you verify September 1, and so on, by either calling 1-877-823-2378 or by going to the VA web site at www.gibill.va.gov

 

 

Obtaining Documentation: Requests for copies of student eligibility documentation, i.e. Certificates of Eligibility, Award Letters, etc. must be made in writing by using the “Submit A Question” feature of the GI Bill® website, www.gibill.va.gov, through postal mail, or facsimile. (https://gibill.custhelp.va.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1482/~/can-i-get-a-replacement-certificate-of-eligibility) No verbal requests for documentation can be accepted for security reasons.

 

 

California Department of Veterans Affairs (Cal-Vet): The “Cal-Vet fee waiver" offers a College Fee Waiver Program for eligible dependants whose veteran parent has at least 0% or greater service-connected disability. Contact the SF County Veteran Services Office (415-934-4200) or your local County Veteran Service Office (CVSO) (Find your local CVSO at: http://www.cacvso.org/county-contacts/). You can also contact your local Cal-Vet office at 415-554-7100 for information about the Cal Vet Fee Waiver.

 

 

*Please note: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More informationa about educational benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill