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Which Federal Education benefits am I able to receive?

Use the information below to determine what educational benefit you are eligible for and then apply online. For general information on all education programs offered through the VA visit the official Veterans Affairs Education website.

To receive full-time benefits for the semester, you must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours for the entire semester. Given that there are different start times — ex., late start, variable term and first and second mod — you must pay attention to the start and end dates to ensure that at all times you are at a 12 credit minimum. If you register for 12 credits but not all the classes begin and end on the same dates, you will not be considered as full-time for VA benefits.

The VA will not pay for developmental courses taken online, such as MATC 090/091, ENGC 090/092 and READ 092. These classes must be taken in-seat in order to be certified for VA payment.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is for veterans with at least 90 days of total service on or after September 11, 2001, or veterans discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Veterans who qualify for this benefit can also transfer their education benefit to their family members.

The VA pays tuition and fees directly to CMU. Housing and book allowances are paid to the student. When you receive your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) stipend, these funds are intended to be used towards your residence hall payment, meal plan payment, rent or groceries. If you receive a book stipend, you can either pay for your books directly or charge the books to your students account and then pay this off with your stipend. Learn more | Current Payment Rates

*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 Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.  

The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® allows service members to transfer unused benefits to their spouses or dependent children. Learn More | Current Payment Rates

*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 Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. The VA pays any benefits directly to the student. Learn more | Current Payment Rates

*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 Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The VetSuccess program assists veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find and keep suitable jobs. For veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. The VA pays CMU directly for all eligible charges except for the student’s housing allowance, which is paid directly to the student. Learn more | Current Payment Rates

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree or certificate programs, apprenticeships and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. The VA pays any benefits directly to the student. Learn more | Current Payment Rates

The MGIB – Selected Reserve program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. This includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserve programs, as well as the Army and Air National Guard programs. You may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and vocational flight training programs. Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances. Learn more | Current Payment Rates