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2023 - 2024 Military and Veteran Student Handbook 
2023 - 2024 Military and Veteran Student Handbook

Military/Education Benefits/College Financial Plan

Please note that not all information below is exhaustive and it is your responsibility to visit the Department of Veteran Affairs website for a complete explanation of each Chapter of Education Benefits.

The Iowa National Guard Service Scholarship is a state funded tuition assistance program that pays schools “up front” for the cost of tuition for the soldier. Army Tuition Assistance, Iowa National Guard Service Scholarship, and GI Bill may be used together! There are critical deadlines to apply. To apply for the Iowa National Guard Scholarship, go to: https://iowacollegeaid.gov/IowaNationalGuard.

Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Army National Guard. Congress has given each Service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes and restrictions.

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (MGIB-AD) is a benefit for those who served after 30 Jun
1985 and offers 36 months of assistance. This Program can be used for certification or fast-track career programs and degree programs. Benefits are available up to 10 years of discharge date.

Chapter 31 Veteran Readiness & Employment Veterans with service-connected disability may be eligible (VA Form 28-1900). This Program focuses upon providing services for veterans to pursue a fast track career program. All paperwork is handled and processed with Iowa Military Veteran Readiness & Employment office at 563-391-1051.

Chapter 32 Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available to military personnel that contributed from their military pay to participate in their education benefits program. Those who entered service from 1 January 1977 and 30 June 1985 are eligible; however, must be used within 10 years of discharge date. If the military member is still active duty and entered during those above dates and chooses to receive benefits, at least three contributions should have been made prior to 1 April 1987.

Chapter 33 The Post 9/11 GI Bill® supports education and housing allowance for students that served at least 90 days of service after 10 September 2001, or service members discharged with service-connected disabilities after 30 days. Tuition and Fees are paid directly to the school and there is a monthly housing allowance (MHA) and an annual books and supplies stipend that will be paid directly to the student. These stipends are pro-rated based on students’ enrollment.

NOTE: If Tuition scholarships are awarded to veterans using Chapter 33 benefits, this scholarship will be deducted from the tuition and fees that are submitted for payment to the VA.

Chapter 33 Harry Comer Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017 “Forever GIBILL®” states

  • Assistance for students affected by school closures and certain program disapprovals.
  • Elimination of the 15 year time limit to use the Post 911 GIBILL® for those whose last discharge or release from active duty is on or after January 1, 2013. Also for children of deceased service members who became entitled to the Post 9/11, and all spouses using the Fry Scholarship (see below).
  • student at technical schools and non-institutions of Higher Learning.
  • Priority enrollment.
  • REAP eligibility credited toward post 9/11 GIBILL®; reservists who established eligibility to education assistance under the reserve education assistance program before 25 NOV 2015.
  • Work-study expansion.
  • GIBILL® monthly housing allowance in the zip code of where the campus is located.
  • Entitlement charges for licensing and certification exams and national test under the Post-9/11 GIBILL® will be prorated based on the actual amount of the fee charged for the tests.
  • Decreases the amount provided in the Dependents’ Education Assistance benefit (C.35).
  • Transfer of benefits can be changed upon the death of the beneficiary.
  • Purple Heart recipients after 9/11 is entitled to 100% of the benefit.
  • Reserve duty that counts toward post 9/11 eligibility, the time a Reservist was ordered to active duty to receive authorized medical care study on or after 9/11, will be eligible.
  • An additional 9 months can be used if a student pursues a ‘Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs’.
  • Visit www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/ForeverGIBILL.asp

Chapter 33 (Dependents) Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship Education assistance for family members of service members that died in the line of duty post 9/11.

Chapter 35 Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Educational assistance is available to dependents of certain veterans. This Program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits if the first use of benefits is after August 1st 2018 and up to 45 months of educational benefits for those who began using the benefits before August 1st 2018. Eligible dependents must complete an application, which you can find at the following link: https://www.va.gov/education/survivor-dependent-benefits/

Chapter 1606 Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) is available to selected reserve members. This Education Benefit can be used for degree programs and fast track career programs up to 36 months. Requirements are that the service member had a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve enlisted after 30 June 1985 and completed the initial active duty program.

NOTE: Those utilizing benefits other than Ch. 33 education benefits must set up a payment plan with the College. The VA benefit is disbursed to the student; therefore, the student is responsible for paying tuition.

College Financial Plan

(Finacial Aid Shopping Sheet)

In addition to the GI BILL ® benefits identified above, you may be eligible for additional funding through Federal Financial Aid. To apply for Federal Financial Aid please visit: https://studentaid.gov/. To locate college financial plans that provide sample costs of attending college at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, please visit: https://eicc.edu/admission-aid/paying/tuition-fees/sample-attendance-costs.aspx