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Veterans Affairs

General Information

 

Changes

You MUST notify the VA Office at WKU if you:

  • change your major
  • change your course load
  • withdraw from classes
  • change your address
  • have depleted your VA educational benefits


Drop/Add/Withdrawal

A Change in Status form should be submitted to the VA Office at WKU when you add a class or classes.  If you drop or withdraw, the VA Office at WKU will automatically be notified of those changes; however, any additional classes that you add must be submitted through this form.  VA will not pay benefits to an individual for a course from which the individual withdraws or receives a nonpunitive grade which is not used in computing the requirements for graduation (38 USC 3680).

University policies regarding medical withdrawals or military withdrawals can be found on the Registrar's website.   

Chapters

  • Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB)

The MGIB program bases eligiblity upon submission of $1200 ($100.00 per month for the first year of active duty services and provides up to 36 months of education benefits.

This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training and apprenticeship/on-the-job training. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. Rates for this benefit may be viewed here.  Kicker contracts ($600.00 buy up upon separation from service) are set by individual branches and paid along with the monthly stipend. 

  • Chapter 35-Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

DEA provides education and training opportunities 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 as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits or until the dependent reaches the age of 26 (child).

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. Rates for this benefit may be viewed here

  • Chapter 1606-Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve and have completed boot camp and/or training.  Must also be in good standing with their unit. The Selected Reserve includes 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.

This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training and apprenticeship/on-the-job training. Rates for this benefit may be viewed here.  Kicker contracts may provide an extra $150.00-$350.oo per month (not all qualify).

  • Chapter 1607-Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve and have spent at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency operation. The reserve components consist of Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard, Army IRR, Air Force IRR, Navy IRR and Marine Corps IRR. When submitting an application for this benefit, you must also submit your most current DD214 to VA.  DOD determines eligibility based upon active duty orders. Kicker contracts may provide an extra $150-$350.00 per month (not all qualify). 

This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training and apprenticeship/on-the-job training. Rates for this benefit may be viewed here. Transfer of the benefit to dependents is also located on VA's website here

  • Chapter 33 (Post 9/11)

Eligibility is determined by a sliding scale of active duty service of the veteran.  This benefit is paid based upon the % rate determined by the DOD (Department of Defense)  and the percentage rate is available here on VA's website. 

The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay tuition based upon eligibility scale, limited fees, a monthly stipend based upon the BAH for the zipcode of WKU and a book stipend.  (The amount of support that an individual may qualify for depends on where they live).

This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training and apprenticeship/on-the-job training.

At WKU, VA will pay tuition (based upon percentage eligibility) fees (such as lab fees, graduation fees, etc.)  VA will pay the in-state rate of tuition and for students at the 100% eligible rate, their out-of-state tuition will be covered under Yellow Ribbon.  VA will pay a book stipend (based upon percentage eligiblity up to $1000.00 annually) at $41.67 per credit hour.  The rate for the monthly stipend can be viewed here.  Students must be certified over half-time to receive any BAH (monthly stipend).  BAH can be paid for online courses.  However, in order to receive the full rate, the student must be registered in at least 1 credit hour of an in-classroom course.  Certification of ALL online courses will result in half of the monthly rate (based upon percentage eligiblity and training time.)

  • Yellow Ribbon Program

Eligiblity for the Yellow Ribbon Program is based upon 100% eligiblity for the Post 9/11 benefit.  You can find more information about this program here on VA's website.  For eligible students, VA pays half of the out-of-state rate of tuition (or TIP rate) and WKU matches that amount.

  • Chapter 31-Vocational Rehabilitation

The Vocational Rehabilitation program is for service-disabled veterans who require further education to attain suitable, stable employment and eligibility is determined by VA. This program may provide vocational and other training services and assistance including tutorial assistance, tuition, books, fees, supplies, handling charges, licensing fees and equipment and other training materials necessary along with a monthly stiped and the rates may be viewed here.

 

Course Load/Training Time 

See training-time under the PAYMENT INFORMATION link.

 

Repeating A Course

If a veteran fails a required course, he/she may repeat that course with pay. However, he/she cannot repeat a course in which a "passing grade" is received. Unless specified otherwise by the university, a "passing grade" is a D or higher.

 

Academic Progress

Veterans must attend classes regularly and continue to show satisfactory progress. Benefit payments will not be made for courses in which you withdraw unless mitigating circumstances exist.  Probation and/or suspensions are reported to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

VA Terminology

Definitions of terms used frequently by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Affairs office at WKU.

 

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 Last Modified 10/30/14