Using Your VA Benefits at UNO
Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
Chapter 35: Dependents' Education Assistance Program
State Tuition Assistance
Reservist Tution Credit Program
Federal Tuition Assistance
Kicker or Buy up Program
Transfer of Benefits
There are many different benefits available to active duty and veteran students. For detailed questions or assistance, give our office a call. Students using VA benefits need to submit the following items to the Office of Military and Veteran Services:• Copy of the application of the benefit you applied for. Ex. 22-1990, 22-1990e,
• Copy of DD214, Kicker Contract, and NOBE• Certificate of Eligibility (this will be given to you by the VA once your application
Keep in mind that processing the certification can take the VA some time. Because of this, we will put a veteran’s extension on your student account until the end of term to avoid any late fees.
Some students depend on using federal financial aid (Pell grants, loans, etc.) for living assistance. Federal law mandates that financial aid must be applied to your account if there is a balance, and federal financial aid will disburse before your VA benefits typically do. This puts some students in a difficult financial situation.
Please call our office before the start of the term if you are dependent on those funds for expenses other than tuition and fees, and we will certify your benefits earlier. You must be enrolled in classes and let us know at least a month in advance for time to process your benefits before the start of term.
This benefit is available for active duty members who enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation.
• Apply for Chapter 30 on VONAPP
• You must verify your enrollment monthly on WAVE (Web Automated Verification
Benefit Full Time 3/4 Time ½ Time
Chapter 30 $1,648.00 $1,236.00 $824.00
Benefits are typically paid for 36 enrolled months of training. If all 36 months of eligibility have been used under Chapter 30, a veteran may switch over to Chapter 33 and use an additional 12 months of entitlement.
Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) is an employment service that supports job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching for disabled veterans. This benefit includes paid tuition, fees, and $1000/year book stipend, depending on eligibility.
A VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor has an office in our suite and is happy to assist in starting this benefit.
Months of eligibility depend on a number of circumstances. Interested students should speak with our Vet Success Coordinator for more information See more about the Vet Success on Campus program and our Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Anna Sabina-Stratton here.
Benefit Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time
Chapter 31 $1,194.00 $895.50 $597.00
Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) provides up to 36 months of benefits for service members that have served at least 89 days of aggregate active duty service after September 10, 2001, who are still on active duty, have been honorably discharged or discharged with a service-connected disability. In addition, this benefit can be used by the dependents of an eligible veteran, provided the service member has transferred the benefit to the dependent.
Apply for Benefits through VONAPP
Tuition, Fees, Living Stipend and $1000/year book stipend paid, depending on eligibility. The full stipend paid is the pay of an E-5 with dependents in this state’s zip code. Note: Active Duty students do not receive a monthly stipend or book stipend.
Yellow Ribbon: If you are out of state, the VA and UNO will pay the difference of in state tuition. Your Chapter 33 benefits will pay the in state tuition and fees amount.
Online Rate: Fully online students at the full time status receive 1/2 of the national average of the monthly housing allowance, or $684.00.
Tuition and Fee Certification Process: Tell us if you expect a refund
Debt Letters: Debts are incurred with the Post 9/11 GI Bill when the VA has paid tuition and fees for a course that was later dropped or withdrawn from. In some circumstances, the debt may include the stipend and book stipend for the course as well.
Eligibility Percentages: Some students are only partially eligible for Chapter 33. If you are less than 100% eligible, you will receive that percentage of the monthly stipend and will be responsible for the difference of tuition and fees paid to the university.
A student that is 100% eligible for Chapter 33 will have 100% of their tuition and fees paid for by the VA and receive 100% of their entitled stipends. A student who may be 70% eligible for Chapter 33 will have 70% of their tuition and fees paid for by the VA, and receive that percentage of their entitled stipends. This student would then owe the University the remaining 30% of tuition and fees.
Benefit Full Time 3/4 Time >1/2 Time
Chapter 33 $1,194.00 $895.50 $597.00
** This is a living stipend paid to you. Unlike the other benefits, tuition and fees are paid by the VA.
The Dependent’s Education Assistance Program was created for dependents whose sponsor is missing, forcibly detained, has died, or is 100% permanently and totally disabled in connection to active service.
• Apply for Chapter 35 on VONAPP
• Spouses may use Chapter 35 between 10-20 years, depending on sponsor’s condition
• Children may use Chapter 35 from age 18-26, though there are certain circumstances
under which this can be extended
• Benefits extend 45 months
Benefit Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time
Chapter 35 $1,003.00 $752.00 $499.00
Chapter 1606: MGIB – Selected Reserve
Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program
For both chapters, your benefits should also be verified monthly in WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment)
|Ch 1606||Full Time||3/4 Time||1/2 Time|
|Ch 1607||Full Time||3/4 Time||1/2 Time|
|> 1 Year||$659.00||$494.40||$329.60|
|1 Year +||$988.80||$741.60||$494.40|
|2 Years +||$1,318.40||$988.80||$659.20|
When Army or Air Guard Tuition Assistance has reached its yearly limit, eligible members can also use Nebraska state tuition assistance at 75% (Guard) or 50% (Reservists) of the cost of tuition.
All active duty military (including Nebraska Guard) and their dependents stationed in Nebraska receive in-state, or resident, tuition rates without being a Nebraska resident. Students must complete and have notarized the Application for Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes and submit to Office of Military and Veteran Services with a copy of the documentation required under “Section G. Active Duty Military.”
The Nebraska State College System participates in a tuition credit program that provides a credit for 50% of the tuition charges for enlisted members of Active Reserve Nebraska based units.See more about this program and how to apply here.
UNO is a fully participating Yellow Ribbon school. The program is a part of the Post 9-11 GI Bill and applies to out of state students who are 100% eligible for the benefit. For eligible students, the Yellow Ribbon program covers the difference between the in state tuition and out of state, leaving no out of pocket cost for the student.
If this applies to you, it would be helpful to let us know from the beginning that this is the program you are using. However, there is nothing additional you would need to apply for. Simply apply to UNO and the Post 9/11 GI Bill itself. There is no limit on the overall dollar amount or the number of students who may use this benefit at UNO.
In July 2014, the Nebraska Legislature passed a law mandating that veterans and their families that take online courses or have proof of residency in NE for in person courses, within two years of separating, will be considered resident students.
This benefit is for spouses and children of veterans that are missing, forcibly detained, have died, or are 100% permanently and totally disabled in connection to active service.
• You must be a Nebraska resident.
• The Tuition Waiver can only be used in the Nebraska State or Community
• Includes Tuition ONLY and is only for ONE Bachelor degree.
• Applications require the signature from a coordinator in our office. You should fill out
the form in our office.
An individual’s branch of service may offer the College Fund (also known as a “kicker”) as part of an enlistment or reenlistment contract, or for other reasons they determine. The College Fund is an additional amount of money that increases an individual’s basic monthly benefit and is included in his or her VA payment.
Each service branch (not VA) determines who receives the College Fund and the amount received. It may be necessary to send VA a copy of your College Fund contract to ensure the correct amount is added to your monthly benefit. Typically, College Fund contracts are found within your enlistment contract. Contact your military unit or the National Archives to get a copy.
Military personnel must have selected a dependent to whom they wish to transfer benefits while on active duty. Sponsors can adjust the amount benefit given to the dependent in MilConnect.
When applying for a sponsor’s education benefits, be mindful of the application you’ll use. For first time users, you will fill out VA Form 22-1990e.