Harcum College supports student veterans and veterans’ dependents in applying for and managing their VA Education Benefits and GI Bill.
Student VA Education Benefits:
- Assisting veterans and eligible students in applying for Veterans Administration (VA) Education Benefits programs including:
- 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.
- Montgomery GI Bill
Active Duty (MGIB-AD), Chapter 30: 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. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.
Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR), Chapter 1606: The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. 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.
- Survivors and Dependents Assistance, Chapter 35
The Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA): DEA provides educational and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of educational benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, 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 Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship: Available for children and spouses of Service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), Chapter 1607
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended REAP on November 25, 2015. Some individuals will remain eligible for REAP benefits until November 25, 2019, while others are no longer eligible for REAP benefits.
- Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans (VOC-REHAB), Chapter 31
Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling is an employment program to assist eligible veterans and dependents achieve maximum independence in their daily lives, restore their self-esteem and aid them in becoming a contributing part of society. Under the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, eligible veterans are assisted in selecting a rehabilitation goal and developing an individualized rehabilitation plan that leads to employment.
- The Air Force Tuition Assistance (TA)
The Air Force Tuition Assistance (TA) program is designed to help active duty personnel pursue voluntary, off-duty educational opportunities. Currently, the program pays 100 percent (up to $250 per semester hour or equivalent) of the cost of tuition with a limit of $4,500 per fiscal year. Courses and degree programs may be academic or technical and can be taken from two- or four-year institutions on base, off base or by correspondence.
- Offering guidance in the resolution of VA payment issues.
- Providing current information concerning VA Education Benefits, programs, and Veterans Administration points of contact.
- Notification of changes in Veterans Education benefits regulations impacting benefits.
Student Benefits Management:
- Providing the VA with accurate and timely Enrollment Certifications.
- Informing VA and student of enrollment changes which impact VA benefit payments.
- Facilitate student resolution of payment issues with the Debt Management Center and/or the Veterans Administration Regional Processing Offices (as appropriate).
How To Establish a File to Receive VA Educational Benefits:
Visit the Office of Student Records. We are here to meet the needs of our students who are veterans, service members, or veteran dependents. The Student Record Office includes your designated certifying officials and are prepared to provide advice and counsel in regard to any veteran education benefit concern. The Registrar certifies your benefit enrollment throughout the year.
*All new students must be admitted to the college and registered for courses before starting a file in this office.
*Please note: The Office of Student Records is not part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs nor is the staff employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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