Vets Benefit Boot Camp

Thank you for your service!

Using VA Education Benefits can really help when you are going to college… but… it can also be really complicated! Taking the wrong class, changing your major or not attending a class could cause you to owe money back to the VA. This information will get you started with the basics and let you know where to go to ask questions.

Which benefit do you have?

Each chapter of benefits has different rules. The amount of your benefit depends on your chapter, the number of credits you are taking, and the number of weeks you will attend each class. Identify and memorize your specific chapter so you know which rules to follow.

Veterans benefits overview
Chapter name Who qualifies for this?
Check with VA for eligibility
How does it pay?
All chapters only pay while classes in session
30Chapter 30
Montgomery GI Bill®
Current and prior active duty members Monthly stipend paid to student
31 Chapter 31
VA Vocational Rehabilitation
Veterans who are honorably discharged and receive a service-connected disability rating
  • Tuition and fees paid to PCC
  • Monthly stipend paid to student
33Chapter 33
Post 9/11 GI Bill®
Veterans that have served at least 90 consecutive days active duty after 09/11/2001
  • Tuition and fees paid to PCC
  • Book stipend and basic allowance for housing paid to student
35Chapter 35
Dependents Educational Assistance
Spouses/partners or children of a permanently disabled or fallen service member Monthly stipend paid to student
1606Chapter 1606
Selected Reserve
State Guard or National Reservists Monthly stipend paid to student
1607Chapter 1607
Reserve Education Assistance
Reservists called up for active duty for 90 or more consecutive days on or after 09/11/2001 Monthly stipend paid to student
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

No two chapters are the same!

Don't listen to your buddies, VA benefit chapters are not the same. If you have questions about your specific chapter, find a PCC Veterans Education Benefits Office or call the VA Education Center at 1-888-442-4551.