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VA Chapter Benefits

View the links below to learn more about each of the benefits, their eligibility requirements, and what steps must be taken to receive those benefits at Texas A&M University. 

Federal Veterans' Education Benefits

Benefit Description
Recipients may qualify to receive payment of tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, and a book stipend. Recipients can receive up to 36 months of benefits. Recipients who combine this benefit with one or more other Chapter Benefits can receive up to 48 months of total benefits. A recipient’s benefit amount is affected by their rate of pursuit (number of credit hours being taken divided by the number of credit hours considered to be full-time).

VA tuition and fee payments are paid directly to Texas A&M and are applied as a 3rd party payment to the student’s billing account. Students must notify the Veterans Services Office if their VA chapter benefits will exhaust during the semester in which benefits have been requested as this may result a reduced tuition and fee payment from the VA. The VA will not pay for the following:
 
  • Tuition and fees which are already being paid by other forms of financial assistance specifically intended to pay tuition and fees (ex. Tuition Assistance, Assistantships, ROTC tuition payments, tuition scholarships, etc.).
  • The portion of Program Fees which consist of charges for travel, food, or lodging. Contact your academic department to inquire about such fees.
  • Non-resident tuition which is charged to non-resident students, non-funded students, or for Three-peat fees. For information regarding how to have non-resident tuition waived, exempted, or paid as a non-resident student, see the Non-resident Tuition, Waiver, Exemption, or Payment section of our website.
  • Courses which are not required for a student’s degree plan.
  • Courses which are repeated for which the student has already earned an acceptable grade (as determined by their degree).
  • Courses which are withdrawn or dropped (the VA may pay part, but not all of the cost of such courses).
Monthly Housing Payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payment amounts vary annually and are on the Department of Defense (DoD) Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate for E-5’s with dependents. The amount of this benefit varies from 40% to 100% depending on the length of active duty service. Recipients must have a rate of pursuit of more than 50% to receive the monthly housing allowance. Students enrolled in only distance learning or online courses are only eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowances for Housing. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break).

Book Stipends are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Payment amounts are equal to $41.67 per credit hour up to 24 hours in a single academic year ($1,000 maximum). A lump sum payment is made each semester. These stipends are prorated based upon the percentage of benefit awarded.

For financial aid purposes, the estimated housing expense in the estimated Cost of Attendance must be removed for any Active Duty Service Members with a FAFSA on file. This may result in a reduction of financial aid eligibility.
Eligibility Requirements
Veterans and Active Duty Service Members
Veterans and active duty service members must have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, and served a minimum of 90 aggregate days (excluding entry level and skill training) or served a period of at least 30 days or received a service connected disability rating.
Transfer of Entitlement
The Transferability Fact Sheet includes all of the eligibility requirements associated with transferring this benefit from a Service Member to their dependent(s).
Fry Scholarship
The Post 9/11 GI Bill®: Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship FAQ includes additional information regarding this benefit.
Helpful Links
GI Bill® Comparison Tool
VA Rate Tables for Chapter payment amount
DoD’s BAH Calculator
Chapter 33 for study abroad
More information on Chapter 33
Benefit Description
Recipients may qualify to receive payment for tuition and fees, a subsistence allowance, and books. The veteran’s Vocational Rehabilitation counselor will determine the number of months of the veteran’s Chapter 31 Benefit eligibility. A recipient’s benefit amount is affected by their rate of pursuit (number of credit hours being taken divided by the number of credit hours considered to be full-time).

VA tuition and fee payments are paid directly to Texas A&M and are applied as a 3rd party payment to the student’s billing account. Students must notify the Veterans Services Office if their VA chapter benefits will exhaust during the semester in which benefits have been requested as this may result a reduced tuition and fee payment from the VA. The VA will not pay for the following:
  • Tuition and fees which are already being paid by other forms of financial assistance specifically intended to pay tuition and fees (ex. Tuition Assistance, Assistantships, ROTC tuition payments, tuition scholarships, etc.).
  • The portion of Program Fees which consist of charges for books, supplies, travel, food, or accommodations (the student is expected to use their book and housing stipends to pay for such charges). Contact your academic department to inquire about such fees.
  • Non-resident tuition which is charged to non-resident students, non-funded students, or for Three-peat fees. For information regarding how to have non-resident tuition waived, exempted, or paid as a non-resident student, see the Non-resident Tuition, Waiver, Exemption, or Payment section of our website.
  • Courses which are not required for a student’s degree plan.
  • Courses which are repeated for which the student has already earned an acceptable grade (as determined by their degree).
  • Courses which are withdrawn or dropped (the VA may pay part, but not all of the cost of such courses).
Students receiving Chapter 31 must submit a current VA Form 28-1905 each Fall term for the new academic year. The book store will also require a current VA Form 28-1905 for the semester you are requesting books.  
Eligibility Requirements and Applying for Chapter 31
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) is for veterans who have a service-connected disability. Interested applicants need to meet with a VA counselor to apply for Chapter 31 benefits, or apply online. The basic period of eligibility in which VR&E services may be used is 12 years from the date of separation from active military service or 12 years from the date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating. Once the VA has determined a veteran's eligibility, the VA Counselor will send authorization to the Veteran Services Office to certify enrollment and set up the benefit with TAMU.
Helpful Links
More information on Chapter 31
Benefit Description
Recipients receive a monthly stipend from the VA and can receive up to 36 months of benefits. Recipients who combine this benefit with one or more other Chapter Benefits can receive up to 48 months of total benefits. The delimiting date for this benefit is 10 years from the last period of qualifying active duty service (at least 90 days in length). A recipient’s benefit amount is affected by their training time. VA Benefits will not be processed for courses which are not required for a student’s degree plan and may or may not be processed for repeated courses.

All payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break). The monthly benefit amount paid is based on the length of service, category, and DoD put “Kickers” into the MGIB Fund (if applicable).

Recipients must verify enrollment at the end of each month by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Visit the WAVE website or call 877-823-2378. Failure to very enrollment will result in non-payment of the benefit.

For information regarding how to have non-resident tuition waived, exempted, or paid as a non-resident student, see the Non-resident Tuition, Waiver, Exemption, or Payment section of our website.

For financial aid purposes, the estimated housing expense in the estimated Cost of Attendance must be removed for any Active Duty Service Members with a FAFSA on file. This may result in a reduction of financial aid eligibility.

If you would like to transfer from Chapter 30 to Chapter 33 please contact our office for proper guidance.
Helpful Links
Category and Eligibility Requirements
VA Rate Tables for Chapter payment amounts
More information on Chapter 30
WAVE Frequently Answered Questions
Benefit Description
Recipients receive a monthly stipend from the VA and can receive up to 36 months benefits. Recipients who combine this benefit with one or more other Chapter Benefits can receive up to 48 months of total benefits. A recipient’s benefit amount is affected by their training time. VA Benefits will not be processed for courses which are not required for a student’s degree plan and may or may not be processed for repeated courses.

All payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break).

Recipients must verify enrollment at the end of each month by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Visit the WAVE website or call 877-823-2378. Failure to verify enrollment will result in non-payment of the benefit.

For information regarding how to have non-resident tuition waived, exempted, or paid as a non-resident student, see the Non-resident Tuition, Waiver, Exemption, or Payment section of our website. The Department of Defense has announced it will not authorize Tuition Assistance for classes for which a service member is also receiving VA Chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits.
 
Eligibility Requirements
Member must have an obligation to serve for a period of not less than 6 years after June 30, 1985, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have completed Initial Active Duty Training (ADT), and be participating satisfactorily in 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. Benefit entitlement ends 14 years from the date of eligibility for the program, or on the day personnel leaves the Selected Reserve. If the reservist is mobilized, their eligibility may be extended for the amount of time mobilized plus four months.
Helpful Links
WAVE Frequently Answered Questions
VA Rate Tables for Chapter payment amounts
More information on Chapter 1606
Benefit Description
Recipients receive a monthly stipend from the VA. Dependents’ Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents or certain veterans. A recipient’s benefit amount is affected by their training time. VA Benefits will not be processed for courses which are not required for a student’s degree plan and may or may not be processed for repeated courses.

All payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break).

For information regarding how to have non-resident tuition waived, exempted, or paid as a non-resident student, see the Non-resident Tuition, Waiver, Exemption, or Payment section of our website.
Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible you must be a spouse, son or daughter (including stepchild or adopted child) of a:
  • Veteran who is permanently and totally disabled as the result of, or dies of, a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of or be aggravated by active duty.
  • Veteran with a permanent and total service-connected disability who dies from any cause.
  • Service member who is missing in action or is captured in line of duty and is currently being held by a hostile force.
  • Service member who is currently being forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  • A recipient may generally receive benefits under this program from age 18 to 26 (eight years). If you are eligible as a child of a veteran, your marital status does not affect your eligibility for DEA.
For questions about these programs or how to receive your benefits contact the VA at gibill.va.gov and (888) 442-4551.
Helpful Links
VA Rate Tables for Chapter payment amounts
More information on Chapter 35

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VA Chapter benefits can be used to pay for tuition, fees, housing, books and supplies