VA Education Benefits
The Office of Financial Aid assists students and their families in navigating the VA education benefit process. The majority of Rhodes students receiving VA benefits are dependents of active duty and retired personnel. While additional VA education benefit programs are available (see "Related Websites"), our office currently administers the below chapters for our student beneficiaries.
Program eligibility questions should be directed to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1-888-442-4551.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents. If you are not eligible for the full benefit, the payment and maximum amounts listed will be prorated based on your eligibility percentage. Benefits may include:
- Tuition and fees sent directly to the school. Private college tuition/fees are capped at the national maximum rate ($21,084.89 for 2015-2016) per year.
- A monthly housing allowance (MHA) sent to you
- An annual books and supplies stipend sent to you
- A one-time rural benefit payment
- Yellow Ribbon Program funding (additional eligibility requirements apply)
Dependents′ Educational Assistance (DEA) provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. Some DEA beneficiaries may be eligible for 81 months of GI Bill benefits if they are eligible for more than one education benefit.
You are eligible for this assistance program if you are a member of the Selected Reserve, including the National Guard, and if you enlisted, reenlisted, or extended your enlistment for 6 years or more in the Selected Reserve after June 30, 1985.
If you participate in this program, the VA requires that you certify your enrollment once a month. You may do this in either of two ways:
- Online using VA′s Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) website.
- By phone: Call 1-877-823-2378.