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Veterans Administration Education Benefits Breakdown

The Montgomery GI Bill® has six different chapters and as a Veteran you or your family members may be eligible for many of them. The Veteran Services office at Jefferson is here to explain the differences and help you to decide which chapter would work best in your situation. In order to help us do this here is a chart of the different chapters available, along with their eligibility requirements and the benefits that they provide.

VA Education Benefits

empty Tuition & Fees Monthly Payment
Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill®
(Prior to 9/11)
 None – benefit paid directly to the student $1789.00/month fixed
Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation
(Run by VA Health Administration)
100% based upon number of dependents
$600 - $1000/month
Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill®
(90 day of service after 9/11)
100% up to Max In-state Tuition $1492.00/month
(Adjusts in August)

Chapter 35 – Dependents Educational Act 

(100% permanent disability)

None – benefit paid directly to student   $1021.00/month

Maximum in-state tuition for NY is $12,120 plus Fees $12,293 = $24,413

Yellow Ribbon Program – VA and school split the amount of tuition and fees that exceed Maximum In-state amount

For additional information regarding the GI Bill® or its chapters please use one of the following menus below or the link to the Veterans Administration Web Site.

VA Educational Benefits by Chapter

Active Duty Educational Assistance for prior active duty veterans who served at least 181 active duty days, contributed to an educational fund, and were honorably discharged. (Based on active duty service beginning on or after 07/01/1985 or entered on active duty before 01/01/1977 and served on active duty for any number of days during the period 10/19/1984 to 06/30/1985 and continued on active duty through 06/30/1988.)


  • The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship /on-the-job training and correspondence courses.
  • The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, and if DOD put extra money in your MGIB Fund (called “kickers”).
  • You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits.
  • For more information go to MGIB Benefits Chart.

Tuition, fees, books, supplies and a monthly subsistence allowance is available for veterans who are ten percent or more service connected disabled. Veterans may contact the VA Outpatient Clinic in McAllen to apply for the program.


  • Vocational Rehabilitation is a program which helps eligible disabled veterans get and keep lasting, suitable jobs. It also helps seriously disabled veterans achieve independence in daily living.
  • You may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation if you are rated 10% disabled, and you have a serious employment handicap.
  • VA will pay your training costs, such as tuition and fees, books, supplies, equipment, and, if needed, special services. While you are in training, VA will also pay you a monthly benefit to help with living expenses, called a subsistence allowance.
  • For more information go to Chapter 31 Benefits Chart.

Statement of Compliance with 38 USC 3679
Jefferson Community College will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that covers individual borrow additional funds, on any that covers individual because of the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33. For chapter 31 students JCC requires authorization from the student’s vocational rehabilitation counselor per regulation 38 USC 3679. 

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.


  • A tuition & fees payment (paid directly to the school) not to exceed the tuition & fees at the most expensive state Institution of Higher Learning.
  • A monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. This amount is based on the ZIP code of the location of the school you are attending.
  • An annual book stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
  • For more information go to Post 9/11 Benefits Comparison.

Statement of Compliance with 38 USC 3679
Jefferson Community College will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that covers individual borrow additional funds, on any that covers individual because of the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33. For chapter 33 students JCC requires a certificate of eligibility per regulation 38 USC 3679. 

For children and spouses of veterans who died or were permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must have arisen out of active service in the Armed Forces. Veterans who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence, service person missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force, or service person forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power may qualify through Chapter 35.


  • Provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.
  • If you are a son or daughter and wish to receive benefits for attending school or job training, you must be between the ages of 18 and 26.
  • If you are a spouse, benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible or from the date of death of the veteran.
  • For more information go to Chapter 35 Benefits Chart.

For qualified active reservists.


  • You may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and vocational flight training programs
  • Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. VA makes the payments for this program.
  • You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.
  • Your eligibility for the program normally ends on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.
  • For more information go to Chapter 1606 Benefits Chart.

REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. 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 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. Chapter 1607 recipients are able to certify their enrollments through the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) application or from a touch-tone phone in the same manner as persons eligible for benefits under chapters 30 and 1606 verify their enrollments. Some reservists may contribute up to an additional $600 to the GI Bill® to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution, you may receive up to $5400 in additional GI Bill® benefits


Veteran Services & Military Affiliated Assistance

Scott Schulz

Certifying Official
(315) 786-2449

Angela Hogan

Educational Planner for Veterans Services
(315) 786-2256

John W. Deans Collaborative Learning Center
Building 15, first floor
(315) 786-2288
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m; Summer 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 requires educational institutions to make certain disclosures to students using federal military and/or VA educational benefits. To view and print a copy of an estimated personalized cost of attendance you can visit the SUNY Net Price Cost Calculator  and select "Jefferson Community College" from the dropdown. Additional financial information can be found at the NCES College Navigator site. 

The SUNY Financial Aid Plan (FAP) will provide a more in-depth analysis and accurate picture of student cost once the student has filed their FAFSA, completed a SUNY application, and has been accepted by a campus.