Military Educational Benefits*
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program-VRAP: To qualify, a Veteran must be 35-60 yrs. old, be unemployed, have an other than dishonorable discharge, not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program, not be in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability, and not be enrolled in a federal or state job training.
Post 9/11 GI Bill-Chapter 33: You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001. You may also be eligible if you were honorably discharged for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.
MGIB-Chapter 30: Eligible individuals entering military service after July 1, 1985, who have satisfactorily contributed to the program may qualify for this bill and receive benefits.
MGIB-Chapter 1606: Active members of a guard/reserve unit serving a minimum six year contract may draw monthly benefits.
REAP-Chapter 1607: National Guard members or Reservists who were activated after September 11, 2001, may be either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
Veterans with Service Connected Disability-Chapter 31: Individuals who have a service-connected disability may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation.
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance-Chapter 35: The son, daughter or spouse of a veteran who is permanently and totally service-connected disabled or who died as a result of a service-connected disability may receive educational assistance.
Veteran Tuition Award
Eligible students are those who are New York State residents discharged under honorable conditions from the U.S. Armed forces who are:
- Vietnam Veterans who served in Indochina between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
- Persian Gulf Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf on or after August 2, 1990.
- Afghanistan Veterans who served in Afghanistan during hostilities on or after September 11, 2001.
- Veterans of the armed forces of the United States who served in hostilities that occurred after February 28, 1961 as evidenced by receipt of an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, or a Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal.
Child of Veteran Award Program: For children of New York State Veterans who suffered a disability of at least 40 percent as a result of service in the armed forces of the United States during war time.
*In addition to the above programs, students may also qualify for other financial aid.
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