GI Bill® Benefit Program
Veterans, reservists, and dependents are separated into different categories or “chapters” that define eligibility requirements and determine education benefits.
The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs GI Bill®/Education Benefits site contains detailed information on the various chapters and directions on how to apply for benefits:
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs/GI Bill®—Education Benefits:
- Chapter 30: The Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
- Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
- Chapter 32: Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
- Chapter 33: The Post-9/11 GI Bill®
- Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
- Chapter 1606: The Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
- Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
- Veterans who are eligible for benefits described in Chapters 30, 32, 35, 1606, and 1607 have monthly benefits checks sent to their home address. Students eligible under these Chapters must then pay the college bill themselves.
- Benefits for veterans who are eligible under Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 are sent directly to the college.
- Veterans Affairs Contact Information
- 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) for education benefit information
- 1-800-827-1000 for all other benefits or Visit the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs for more information
- Eastern Regional Processing Center: VA Regional Office P.O. Box 4616 Buffalo, NY 14240-4616
Compliance with 38 USC 3679
In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional
provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®
(Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. This school will not:
- Prevent the student’s enrollment.
- Assess a late penalty fee to.
- Require student secure alternative or additional funding.
- Deny their access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional
facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the
Other Important Information
To claim educational benefits, discharged veterans must provide the Office of the Registrar with a copy of their Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214) and eligibility letter. Upon submission of all appropriate forms, the Office of the Registrar will automatically submit your enrollment certification to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs each semester.
Undergraduate students registering for and maintaining a minimum of 12 credits per semester will receive full veterans benefits. Graduate students registering for and maintaining a minimum of 9 credits will also receive full benefits.
Students must notify Paul Arroyo, the certifying official at Purchase College, if any changes are made to their schedule that will result in a drop from full-time status. He can be reached at VAServices@purchase.edu or (914) 251-6368.
Grades of I (incomplete) and W (withdrawn) are reported to the VA and result in an over-payment to the institution. The student is responsible for reconciling any balance.