United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration - Education and Training


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Description of ProgramThe United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration is responsible for administering The VA's extensive non-medical benefits. Its responsibilities include initial veteran registration, eligibility determination, and five key lines of business (benefits and entitlements): Home Loan Guarantee, Insurance, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Education (GI Bill), and Compensation & Pension.

As a Veteran, you may be eligible for educational benefits through numerous GI Bill programs. Once you’ve decided to use your GI Bill benefits it’s important to choose the proper school and type of training. VA’s decision-making tools will help you get the most from your benefits.

Explore your options at the following pages:
  • Assess your aptitudes and interests with CareerScope®,
  • Compare VA education benefits and review payment rates,
  • Choose a school or education program and estimate your benefit amount,
  • Learn how other Veterans benefited from VA education benefits.
Many benefits are available to advance the education and skills of Veterans and Servicemembers. Spouses and family members may also be eligible for education and training assistance in fact, 25 percent of those benefiting from VAs education programs are non-Veterans. Some might find they're eligible for more than one benefit or that one program is more suited to certain education and training goals than another.

Learn about these and other education and training programs administered by VA or start your application now:
  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers higher education and training benefits to Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families who served after Sept. 10, 2001.
  • The Montgomery GI Bill assists active duty and Reservists with the pursuit of higher education degrees, certificates, and other education and training.
  • These other VA education and training programs offer various education and training benefits or increased benefits to certain Reservists and Veterans and their survivors and dependents:
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program,
  • Veterans Educational Assistance Program,
  • Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program,
  • Educational Assistance Pilot Program,
  • National Call to Service Program.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.

Types of Training

Assistance may be used for college degree and certificate programs, technical or vocational courses, flight training, apprenticeships or on-the-job training, high-tech training, licensing and certification tests, entrepreneurship training, certain entrance examinations, and correspondence courses. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available.

Survivors and Dependent Assistance

The Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

Tuition Assistance Top Up

Using Top-Up benefits may be an option if you plan to use tuition assistance (TA) to complete a degree program while on active duty, and don't plan to continue your education after service. Top-up can also be helpful for just taking a few courses with TA while on active duty. Then you can save most of your GI Bill benefits for after service to complete your education program.
Geographic AreaUnited States. (Includes all PA counties: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata,Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York counties)
Intake ProcedureApply for your VA benefits at your Local Regional Offices: VA regional offices can assist you with filing the appropriate VA forms.Also, to apply for a specific benefit, visit Applying for Benefits. In addition, VSO's (Veteran Service Organizations) can assist you as well by answering general questions and even petitioning on your behalf for services they believe you are qualified to receive.
Helpful TipsTwo hundred VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment counselors are now available at 71 military bases to assist transitioning Servicemembers with civilian employment.

The educational institute of your choice may have a Veteran Coordinator available to assist you with your educational needs. When researching schools, call to set up an appointment with their Veteran Coordinator.
 
Client Information
EligibilityYou may be eligible for VA benefits if you are a: veteran; veteran's dependent; surviving spouse, child or parent of a deceased veteran; uniformed service member; present or former reservist or National Guard member.
 
Contact Information
Physical Site Address 1810 Vermont Avenue NW
Physical Site City, State, ZipWashington, DC 20420
Main Phone800-827-1000
Hotline PhoneVeterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or text Get Help NOW to 838255
Web Addresswww.benefits.va.gov/benefits
 
Affiliated Agency and Services
Affiliated Agency:
United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration
This Program: United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration - Education and Training
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