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The Army, Navy, and Marine Corps College Funds The GI Bill Kicker -- also known as the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps College Funds -- is offered by the DoD through each service branch as part of an enlistment or reenlistment contract, or for other reasons they determine. The College Fund is an additional amount of money that increases an individual's basic monthly benefit and is included in his or her monthly GI Bill payment from the VA. ... more
The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) is a VA 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. The Department of Veterans Affairs will administer the program and pay benefits from funds contributed by Department of Defense. However, t... more
One of the features of the Post-9/11 GI Bill is that the Department of Veterans Affairs pays your tuition and fees directly to the school. This payment rate for public colleges and universities is set at 100% of the in-state tuition rate. This means that if you are attending a public college or university you can get up to 100% coverage of your tuition and fees. The actual amount you receive is determined by the number of months you serve... more
Over the years many veterans have found themselves in a situation in which they owe the VA for an “overpayment” of GI Bill benefits. The number veterans experiencing indebtedness to the VA has increased since the Post-9/11 GI Bill went into effect. There are several situations in which a veteran may find themselves owing the VA for GI Bill overpayments, but the most common cause of indebtedness is veterans changing their enrollment, especially... more
Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients are eligible to receive up to $1,000 for books and supplies, per academic year, as part of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. This applies to active duty veterans, reservists and guard members who have qualifying active duty service, and dependents using transferred benefits. The $1000 annual stipend is equal to $41.67 per credit hour for a maximum of 12 hours per semester. So for each semester you are enrolled as a full-ti... more
The GI Bill is arguably the greatest benefit of serving in the Armed Forces. The GI Bill includes several VA administered education programs including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, The Montgomery GI Bill, REAP, and VEAP. These programs provide a benefit that can enhance your life, career, and future income potential. This section of the Military Education Center is designed to help you determine which program(s) you may qualify for and which best fits your needs.