Veterans Services

Paying For Your Education

CHAPTER 31

Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E)

Refer to: benefits.va.gov/vocrehab

Eligibility

  • Receive a discharge other than dishonorable
  • Service-connected disability rating of 10% or more from the VA

Period of Eligibility: 12 years from the date of separation from active military service, or date the veteran was first notified by VA of service-connected disability rating.

Available Benefits

You may receive Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans and Service-members in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment. 

Call the Salt Lake City VR&E Office at 801-326-2431 for an appointment.

CHAPTER 33

POST 9/11 GI Bill®

Refer to: benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp

Eligibility

If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. Purple Heart recipients, regardless of length of service, are qualified for Post-9/11 benefits at the 100% level. Certain members of the Reserves who lost education benefits when REAP was sunset in November 2015, may also be eligible to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

If your release from active duty was before January 1, 2013, there is a 15-year time limitation for use of benefits.  For individuals whose last discharge date is on or after January 1, 2013, the time limitation has been removed. 

Available Benefits

  • A percentage (based on active duty time) of in-state tuition and fees are paid directly to the school for public school students
  • Monthly housing allowance
  • Annual books and supplies stipend

View current payment rates (find your Chapter in the list).

CHAPTER 33 TOE

Post 9/11 GI Bill® Transfer Of Entitlement

Refer to: benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp

The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Service-members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The request to transfer unused GI Bill benefits to eligible dependents must be completed while serving as an active member of the Armed Forces.  The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Once the DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at VA.

Eligibility

Family members must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and be eligible for benefits at the time of transfer to receive transferred benefits.

The option to transfer is open to any member of the armed forces active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted who is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and meets the criteria established by the Department of Defense.

Available Benefits

  • A percentage (based on the veteran's active duty time) of in-state tuition and fees are paid directly to the school for public school students
  • Monthly housing allowance
  • Annual books and supplies stipend

CHAPTER 35

Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance Program

Refer to: benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/DEA.asp

Eligibility

If you’re the child or spouse of a Veteran or service member who has died, is captured or missing, or has disabilities, you may be able to get help paying for school or job training through the DEA program—also called Chapter 35. Click on the URL above to see eligibility details for spouses and children.

Available Benefits

A monthly payment to help you cover the cost of college or graduate degree programs, career-training certificate courses, educational and career counseling, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training. 

View current payment rates (find your Chapter in the list).

FRY SCHOLARSHIP

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

Refer to: benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/Fry_scholarship.asp

Eligibility

If your parent or spouse was an active-duty service member who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, you may qualify for this benefit. Click on the URL above to see eligibility details. 

Available Benefits

  • A percentage (based on active duty time) of in-state tuition and fees are paid directly to the school for public school students
  • Monthly housing allowance
  • Annual books and supplies stipend

View current payment rates (find Fry Scholarship in the list).

CHAPTER 1606

Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

Refer to: benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp

Eligibility

MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard or Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments.

  • Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training it is necessary to have a six-year commitment that begins after Sept. 30, 1990.
  • Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT).
  • Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement.
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit. You will also retain MGIB-SR eligibility if you were discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.
  • Your eligibility for the program normally ends the day you leave the Selected Reserve.

Available Benefits

Eligible Service Members may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. View current payment rates (find your Chapter in the list).

TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Federal TA, State TA, State Waiver

We refer students to a third-party representative for information on the process of applying for TA.  We recommend you speak with an ESO prior to enrolling at WSU. For point of contact information for Utah National Guard or Reserves, visit our Resources page. 

Federal Tuition Assistance

State Tuition Assistance / Waiver 

 

ADDITIONAL FUNDING

MYCAA Military Spouse Scholarship 

What is the MyCAA Scholarship?

The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship pays tuition costs for education and training courses and examinations leading to an associate degree (excluding associate degrees in general studies, liberal arts and interdisciplinary studies that do not have a concentration). The scholarship also covers the costs for obtaining a license, certificate or certification at an accredited college, university or technical school in the United States or approved testing organization that expands employment or portable career opportunities for military spouses.

Who is Eligible?

Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 who have successfully completed high school and have the ability to request tuition assistance while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders are eligible. Spouses married to members of the National Guard and reserves in these same pay grades are eligible.

MyCAA Scholarship Program

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government web site at benefits.va.gov/gibill.

 

Scholarship Opportunities

There are many other scholarships for veterans. For instance, many institutions provide grants to residents of particular areas, while some foundations support learning efforts necessary for success in particular careers. Whether veterans or their family members aim at pursuing careers related to the U.S. Army or not, they get access to high-quality education. Thus, military scholarships are more than signs of gratitude. They are also investments into the better future of the whole nation. They benefit people who served their country as well as promote the success of American society in general.