Using the GI Bill
Anchorage veterans and military service members can determine if they qualify for the Post 9-11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), Tuition Assistance or any other government education benefit being offered.
Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals 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.
VA Education Benefit Programs Available to Anchorage Veterans and Military1
Post-9/11 GI Bill
Montgomery GI Bill
Montgomery GI Bill
– Select Reserve
Veterans Retraining Assistance
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
Post Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Voc Rehab (VR&E)
Active duty eligible
Transferable to family member
X (while serving only)
Maximum benefit in Anchorage
Unlimited as of 8/1/12
Up to $4,500/year
Determined by individual need
36 mo. service after 9/10/01 for 100% benefit (tiered for shorter service)
2 yrs active duty, contributed $1200 to MGIB acct.
6 yr obligation to the selected Reserve or Guard
35-60 years old, unemployed. Not eligible for any other VA benefits.
Called to active duty due to war or national emergency
Entered service between 1977 and 1985, made contributions
36 mos. Active duty
36 mo. service after 9/10/01 for 100% benefit (tiered for shorter service).
Service-connected disability rating of at least 10% or memorandum rating of 20% or more from the VA
Find out which program will give you the most benefits'
• The US Department of Veterans Affairs has an online questionnaire to help you determine your maximum benefit. GI Bill Questionnaire.
• Talk to a knowledgeable member of the Charter College financial aid department. They’ll walk you through the process and even submit your paperwork to the VA! Call 888-573-0782 24-hours a day.
• Full tuition & fees paid directly to the school for all public school, in-state students.
• $18,077.50 per academic year for those attending private or foreign schools.
• Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, Charter College Anchorage allots additional unlimited funds to cover the difference in cost between a Charter College program and the GI Bill stipend.
• Monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school (must attend greater than ½ time).
• Annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.1
Who are you?
The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available for those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. Active Duty members enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months; and are then entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits once they have completed a minimum service obligation.
Anchorage Reservists who are actively drilling and have a 6-year obligation in the Selected Reserve are eligible for up to 36 months of education benefits.2
Tuition Assistance (TA) is available to active duty military in all branches. $250 per credit hour is available with an annual ceiling cap of $4,500 at any accredited college. Tuition Assistance can be used for GED completion, certificate work, or to obtain a degree up to a masters level.
VRAP: Unemployed Anchorage veterans 35-60 yrs old
• If you are unemployed Anchorage veteran and not eligible for other VA education programs, you may qualify for VRAP.
• Receive up to 12 months of training assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,564 per month)
• Must not be enrolled in any federal or state job training program
• Must enroll in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school (Charter College Anchorage offers eight qualifying programs that can be completed in less than a year)
• Program must lead to an associate degree, non-college degree, or a certificate, and train the veteran for a high demand occupation
• 54,000 unemployed veterans are eligible in VRAP from October 1, 2012 through March 31, 2014.
VRAP Infographic - How it works, Who it's for, What it does
VRAP provides unemployed Anchorage veterans with training towards an associate degree or certificate that leads to a high demand occupation. The following occupations are on the Department of Labor list for high demand occupation and training that can be completed in less than a year (the length of time paid for through VRAP) at Charter College Anchorage.7
- Computer Support Specialist
- Medical Assistant
- Medical Secretaries
- Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks
- Data Entry Keyers
- Court, Municipal, and License Clerks
- Legal Secretaries
- Procurement Clerks
- Sheet Metal Workers
- Plumbers, Pipefitters; and Steamfitters
- Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
- Structural Iron and Steel Workers
- Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
- Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
- Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
- Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
REAP: ReservistIf you were called to active duty, you may qualify. REAP offers Anchorage reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 VA education benefits or increased benefits. Visit the VA site for payment rates based on your service.3
VEAP: Enlisted during the period 1977-1985
You may qualify for matching educational funds from the government. To qualify for VEAP, you must have opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987 and completed your first period of service.4
Spouses or dependent of veteran
• To be eligible, you must be a son, daughter, or spouse of a veteran who died, is permanently disabled as the result of their service, is missing in action, or was captured by a hostile force.
• Program offers up to 45 months of education benefits for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.5
Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)
• MyCAA offers up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or associate degree in a portable career field and occupation.
• Must be a current spouse of an active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, National Guard, or Reserve member in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2 who can start and complete their coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders.6
Learn more about Anchorage military spouse benefits
1 U.S Department of Veterans Affairs website, GI Bill
2 U.S Department of Veterans Affairs website, Montgomery Bill
3 U.S Department of Veterans Affairs website, REAP
4 U.S Department of Veterans Affairs website, VEAP
5 U.S Department of Veterans Affairs website, Dependents
6 United States Air Force website, MYCAA
7 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, VRAP