Know Your Benefits

Knowing what VA Educational Benefit program applies to you is the first step in understanding your responsibilities toward those benefits. Ivy Tech and the Veteran Services office can provide you with basic information, but cannot advise you in making any decisions related to benefit selection.

More information about each benefits is available on the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website.

If you are receiving benefits for the first time or are transferring from another institution, you can get more info here.

Click the benefit below for more information:

Post-9/11 GI-Bill
Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP) 
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA)
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program


The Post-9/11 GI-Bill
Provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate active duty 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 for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.

This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.   In addition to eligible tuition and fees being paid directly to the school, the student will also receive a monthly housing allowance and an annual book/supply stipend. more info

Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (MGIB-AD) 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. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30. more info

Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program
May be available to you if you are a member of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.  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. Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances.  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.

If your unit is deactivated during the period beginning on October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2014 or you are involuntarily separated (for reasons other than misconduct) you may retain your original period of eligibility which is 14 years from the date of your first 6 year obligation with the selected reserves. more info

Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP)
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 (contingency operation) 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.

Students 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. Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances.  You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.  Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from the Selected Reserve or the Inactive Ready Reserve. more info

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program and have over 180 days of active duty service between December 31, 1976 and June 30, 1985.  You may use these benefits for degree, certificate, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs, and vocational flight training programs. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available.

Benefit entitlement is for up to 36 months, based upon your monthly contributions. You have 10 years from your release from active duty to use VEAP benefits. If there is entitlement not used after the 10-year period, your portion remaining is refunded. more info

Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA)
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 spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.  Generally, benefits must be used between the ages of 18 and 26 if the student is a son or daughter of a veteran, but certain instances allow for benefits to begin before age 18 and to continue after age 26. more info

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
Offers up to 12 months of training assistance to eligible unemployed veterans who are enrolled full time into a program of education leading to an Assoicate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate in a Department of Labor designated high demand occupation.  Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2013 and all benefits are set to stop on March 31, 2014. more info

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program
Authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The VetSuccess program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. more info