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Eligible applicants and their dependents may qualify for veterans' educational benefits that are available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If you think you may be entitled to these benefits, contact the VA's education information hot line at 888-442-4551 to determine your eligibility.

To use your benefits you must be admitted to the college in a program approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In general, you will begin to receive your benefits after the financial aid office certifies your enrollment and education plan. You'll receive benefits only during your times of certified enrollment. Contact the financial aid office each semester you plan to use benefits so we can certify your enrollment. It can take two to three months for the government agency to process the benefits application.
First Time Applicants For Veterans Educational Benefits
If you are applying for Veteran Education Benefits for the first time at Capitol College, you must complete the Capitol College Veterans Certification Form (PDF) and submit a copy of your DD214 to the Financial Aid Office. Upon completion of the Veteran Certification Form, please mail or fax it along with your DD214 to (301) 369-2328 or you may scan your  forms and e-mail them to vabenefits@capitol-college.edu.  
All new and continuing veterans applying for educational benefits must complete a Registration Form for each semester enrolled. You will find these forms located under the “Download VA Forms” section. For instance, if you are registering for the Spring 2014 Semester, you must complete the Spring 2014 Registration Form and send it to our office before your enrollment certification (VA Form 22-1999) is sent to the VA Payment Processing Center in Buffalo, NY.


This is a program for active members of the Selected Reserve: Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.  Your eligibility is determined by the Department of Defense (or the Department of Transportation if you are a member of the Coast Guard), although VA makes the payments.  Basic eligibility requires a 6-year service commitment and satisfactory participation in required reserve training.
  • First time applicants must complete VA form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits.
  • You must submit the original copy of DD form 2384, Notice of Basic Eligibility.
  • If more than six months have elapsed since you last used your educational benefits, you must complete VA form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training.
  • Transfer Students
  • If you have used veterans educational benefits at an institution other than Capitol College, you must complete VA form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training.
  • If you are on active duty, your education liaison officer must sign number 17a of VA form 22-1995.
  • If you were on active duty at another institution but are now classified as a veteran, you must complete VA form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits, and submit a copy of your DD214.
Veteran educational forms are available on the US Department of Veterans Affairs website at the following address:  www.gibill.va.gov

Send your completed forms to either the Capitol College Office of Financial Aid or mail them directly to: 
 
VA Processing Center
VA Regional Processing Office
PO Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240-4616
 
Mailing your forms directly to the VA Payment Processing Center will expedite the application process.  If you decide to mail the form directly to Buffalo, New York, please fax a copy of what you have sent to the Veterans Administration to 301-369-2328.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility for educational benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551.

The Montgomery GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits if you began active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985.  If you completed an enlistment of more than three years, your basic full-time monthly benefit is $985; veterans with enlistments less than three years can receive $800.
  • You must complete VA form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits.
  • If you are a veteran, you must submit a photocopy of your DD214(s).
  • If you are on active duty, have your education officer sign item number 20a of your VA form 22-1990.
  • Submit DD form 2366 if your eligibility for Chapter 30 is based on your decision to disenroll from Chapter 32 and enroll in Chapter 30.
  • If more than six months have elapsed since you last used your benefits at Capitol College, or you have changed your course of study (undergraduate to graduate), you must complete VA form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place Place of Training.
  • If your status has changed from active duty to veteran status, you must complete VA form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits.
  • Active duty students must have their education liaison officer sign number 17 of VA form 22-1995.

VEAP is available if you entered active duty between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, and you enrolled and contributed to VEAP before March 1, 1987. It is a voluntary contribution and matching program.  Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the government, for a maximum contribution of $2,700. Your monthly benefit varies depending on your contribution and its match.
  • First time applicants must complete VA form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits.
  • Veterans must submit copies of their DD214(s).
  • If you are on active duty, your commanding officer and education liaison officer must sign item number 21 of VA form 22-1990.
  • If more than six months have elapsed since you last used your Chapter 32 benefits, you must complete VA form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training.
  • An active duty military student must have the education liaison officer sign number 17a of VA form 22-1995.
  • If you have used veterans educational benefits at an institution other than Capitol College, you must complete VA form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training.
  • If you are on active duty, your education liaison officer must sign number 17a of VA form 22-1995.
  • If you were on active duty at another institution but are now classified as a veteran, you must complete VA form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits, and submit a copy of your DD214.
Veteran educational forms are available on the US Department of Veterans Affairs website at the following address:  www.gibill.va.gov

Send your completed forms to either the Capitol College Office of Financial Aid or mail them directly to:  VA Processing Center, VA Regional Processing Office, PO Box 4616, Buffalo, New York 14240-4616.

Mailing your forms directly to the VA Payment Processing Center will expedite the application process.  If you decide to mail the form directly to Buffalo, New York, please fax a copy of what you have sent to the Veterans Administration to 301-369-2328.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility for educational benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551.


Chapter 1607 was established as a part of Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It a new 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. The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security will determine who is eligible for this program.
 
The Secretaries of each military service, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) will determine eligibility.

The law requires DoD to give you written notification of eligibility for REAP.

A member of a reserve component who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10 U.S. Code for a contingency operation and who serves at least 90 consecutive days or more is eligible for Chapter 1607. National Guard members also are eligible if their active duty is under section 502(f), title 32 U.S.C. and they serve for 90 consecutive days when authorized by the President or the Secretary of Defense for a national emergency and is supported by federal funds. Individuals are eligible as soon as they reach the 90-day point whether or not they are currently on active duty. DoD will fully identify contingency operations that qualify for benefits under chapter 1607.

Disabled members who are injured or have an illness or disease incurred or aggravated in the line of duty and are released from active duty before completing 90 consecutive days are also eligible.

 
An eligible veteran will receive 36 months of full-time entitlement at his or her given rate. A Chapter 1607 participant may not use more than 48 months of entitlement under any combination of VA Educational programs. For example, if you’ve already used 20 months of Chapter 1606, you will only receive 28 months of Chapter 1607. Remember, that’s 36 months at the full-time training rate.


DEA provides education and training to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or because of a service-related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of educational benefits.

  • Eligible children are between ages 18 and 26, and are the dependents of a veteran who is permanently disabled due to a service-related condition; is listed as a POW or MIA; or who died in service, died of a service-connected disability or died while evaluated with a permanent service-related disability.
  • The spouse of a veteran is eligible if the veteran or service member has a service-connected permanent disability or is listed as POW or MIA.
  • A surviving spouse is eligible if the veteran died of a service-connected disability, died in service or died while evaluated with a permanent service-related disability.  Surviving spouses whose benefits stopped when they remarried can regain DEA benefits if their remarriage separates or ends.
You must complete VA form 22-5490, Application for Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance.
Complete VA form 22-5495, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance.
Veteran educational forms are available on the US Department of Veterans Affairs website at the following address:  www.gibill.va.gov

Send your completed forms to either the Capitol College Office of Financial Aid or mail them directly to: VA Processing Center, VA Regional Processing Office, PO Box 4616, Buffalo, New York 14240-4616.

Mailing your forms directly to the VA Payment Processing Center will expedite the application process.  If you decide to mail the form directly to Buffalo, New York, please fax a copy of what you have sent to the Veterans Administration to 301-369-2328.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility for educational benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551.

Vocational Rehabilitation provides assistance to veterans who have a service-connected disability of at least 20% and are in need of vocational rehabilitation.  Eligible veterans may receive up to 48 months of full-time benefits.
  • If you are applying for the first time, your VA counselor must provide you with a VA form 28-1905, Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status.
  • If you are approved for Chapter 31, the Department of VA Vocational Rehabilitation will send you vouchers to pay for your tuition, books and necessary supplies.
  • Each semester your vocational rehabilitation counselor must issue VA form 28-1905, Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status.
  • The Department of VA Vocational Rehabilitation will issue vouchers to you to pay for tuition, books, and supplies.
Veteran education forms are available on the US Department of Veterans Affairs website at the following address:  www.gibill.va.gov

Send your completed forms to either the Capitol College Office of Financial Aid or mail them directly to:  VA Processing Center, VA Regional Processing Office, PO Box 4616, Buffalo, New York 14240-4616.

Mailing your forms directly to the VA Payment Processing Center will expedite the application process.  If you decide to mail the form directly to Buffalo, New York, please fax a copy of what you have sent to the Veterans Administration to 301-369-2328.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility for educational benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551.