Walsh College

GI Bill Chapters Explained & Certification

How the GI Bill® Works

GI Bill® funding comes in various forms. You may be eligible for more than one GI Bill® Chapter, but you cannot use them simultaneously.

Once your eligibility is determined, your benefits are paid on a per-day basis, and are not based on the tuition amount. For example, if you have a fall term totaling 80 days, you will only use 80 days of benefits. Regardless of whether you are a full-time or a part-time student, your benefits will lapse at the same rate. Additionally, most veterans can use the GI Bill® to pursue more than one degree as long as they have time/days left to use. Contact one of the Walsh School Certifying Officials to find out tips to maximize your veteran and military educational benefits.

Regardless of which GI Bill® you use, you are only paid benefits for classes you attend. If you drop a course or stop attending, your payments for that term will be reduced by a prorated percentage. Payments are normally made at the beginning of each month for the month prior. 
 
Benefit comparison tools are helpful in determining which benefit best suits your needs. “Rate of pursuit” refers to how many classes you attend per term, i.e. full-time, three-quarter time, or half-time pursuit. Benefits are normally prorated based on these classifications.

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty 

Must have entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985, and have made monthly contributions while on active duty. 

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Program (VR&E)

This is for veterans determined as disabled by the Veterans Administration. To be considered for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, you must have received, or will eventually receive, an honorable, or other than dishonorable, discharge; have a VA service-connected disability rating of 10% or higher; and apply for vocational rehabilitation services. 

Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill®

You must have served at least 90 days of active duty service on or after September 11, 2001 and received an honorable discharge. 

Chapter 35

Spouses and dependent children of veterans who are 100% permanently and totally disabled or who died while serving on active duty. 

Chapter 1606 Selected Reservist or National Guard Members

You must have entered or extended your enlistment for at least six years on or after July 1, 1985. 

Chapter 1607 REAP (Reserve Education Assistance Program)

You must have served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under Title 10 US Code for a contingency operation and served at least 90 consecutive days or more.

Certification

Information and forms related to your certification

To aid you in using your educational benefits, please read the links listed above. You need to submit the GI Bill® Authorization Request Form to a School Certifying Official each academic year (fall term) to have your benefits certified through the VA. Your signature acknowledges you have read all of the links.  (If you can't access the Portal, complete the PDF form.) 

Please feel free to contact a veteran representative with any questions. We will be happy to assist you!