Military Students at UMHB

Benefit Options

The UMHB Office of the Registrar serves as a liaison between student veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  The primary responsibility of our VA Certifying Officials is to assist veterans with the processing of VA forms for educational benefits and to certify enrollment of UMHB veterans to the Department of Veterans Affairs.  UMHB does not make decisions on individual claims.

Under What Chapter Should I Claim Benefits?

Montgomery GI Bill - Chapter 30

Entered Active Duty after June 30, 1985.  Completed at least two years continuous active service, contributed $1200 to the program, received a high school diploma or GED, and received an honorable discharge.  For more information on the Montgomery GI Bill, select benefits.

» See Payment Rates for current rates of payment.

Reserve GI Bill - Chapter 1606

Any person who enlists or extends an enlistment in the Selective Reserve for not less than six years, in addition to any other period of obligation after June 30, 1985 and completed high school or GED, IADT, 180 days of service in the selected reserve and is satisfactorily participating in required training in the selected service.  For more information on the Reserve GI Bill, select benefits.

» See Payment Rates for current rates of payment.

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) - Chapter 32

Entered the military service after January 1, 1977, contributed to the program, and did not contract with the Armed Forces under a delayed entry program.  Benefits are dependent upon total made and are calculated individually.  No allowance is made for payment for dependents.  Active duty service members may receive full VA educational entitlement under the VEAP program.  Under specified conditions, participants under VEAP may be eligible to convert their entitlement to the New/Montgomery GI Bill.  For more information on the Veterans Educational Assistance Program, select benefits.

Survivors' and Dependents Educational Assistance - Chapter 35

This portion of 38 U.S.C. authorizes educational benefits to dependents and survivors of certain veterans who have serious disabilities as the result of their service (100% disabled) or who have died of a service-connected cause, were a prisoner of war, or missing in action.  For more information on Dependents Educational Assistance, select benefits.

» See Payment Rates for current rates of payment.

Vocational Rehabilitation - Chapter 31

Veterans who have been declared disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs due to service related injury. 

Activated Reservists after September 11, 2001 - Chapter 1607

Certain reservists who were activated after September 11, 2001 may either be eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.  For more information on Chapter 1607, select benefits.

Post-9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 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. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. This program will pay eligible individuals:

    • tuition & fees directly to the school not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition & fees at a public institution of Higher Learning. See chart listing maximum in-state tuition rates.
    • a monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. To determine the BAH for your school's ZIP code click here (link goes to a non-VA website) 
    • For those attending foreign schools (schools without a main campus in the U.S.) the BAH rate is fixed at $1,333.00 for 2009.
    • an annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment a one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals see comparison chart for more information.