You may be eligible for several types of additional benefits despite your eligibility for VA educational benefits. Below are additional resources to help you pay for your degree. The GI Bill® is not impacted by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
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VA Education and Training Benefits
You may be eligible for several types of VA educational and training benefits, but there are many things to consider before you apply for a GI Bill® program. Your decision to apply for a certain education benefit could impact your eligibility for other benefits. Eligibility for benefits is not determined by Pace University but by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Here are a few factors to keep in mind:
- If you’re eligible for more than one education benefit, such as Chapter 33 Post-9/11 and the Montgomery GI Bill®, you must choose which benefit to receive, a decision that may be final and cannot be changed.
- Once you elect to utilize the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Education Benefit program and your application with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been approved, this decision is final, and requires you to give up any additional education benefits for which you might also be eligible.
In order to determine eligibility, a service member, veteran, or dependent should complete the Application for Benefits on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
You may use the GI Bill® Comparison Tool on the VA website to compare the education benefits available through the following programs:
Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty (Chapter 30)
The Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty (Chapter 30) is an education benefit that provides up to 36 months of full-time payments to eligible veterans for approved undergraduate or graduate degree programs, entrepreneurship training, non-college degree programs (technical or vocational courses), correspondence training, apprenticeship/job training and flight training. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. Apply for benefits and learn more information on the Vets.gov website.
Chapter 33 Post-9/11
The Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to 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®. Apply for benefits on the Vets.gov website.
Chapter 33 Post-9/11 Transfer of Entitlement (TOE)
Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill® Transfer of Entitlement is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill® program can apply to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply on the Vets.gov website.
Yellow Ribbon Program for Chapter 33 Post-9/11
Service members and their dependents who are eligible for the maximum benefit under Chapter 33 Post-9/11 benefits (100%) may be eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program at Pace. Pace University is an unlimited participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The VA will match each dollar Pace contributes up to 50% of the difference between the basic tuition and fees amount payable by VA and the tuition and fee amount charged to the student. This ensures that students do not incur any out-of-pocket expenses related to tuition and fees. Visit the Vets.gov website for more information.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)
The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) is education assistance provided to members of the reserve components - Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve who are called or ordered to active service in response to a war or national emergency, as declared by the President or Congress. A member who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under Title 10, U.S.C., for at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency operation is eligible for REAP. Your eligibility generally ends when you leave the Selected Reserves. *Effective November 25, 2015: Under the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2016, REAP is set to sunset effective November 24 , 2019.
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
DEA provides education 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 education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. Apply for benefits online and learn more information on Vets.gov website.
Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve (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, as well as 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. Apply for benefits online and learn more information on the Vets.gov website.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31)
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program, also referred as the Chapter 31 program, is administered by a different department of VA than regular education benefits. The goal of VR&E Chapter 31 is to assist a service-disabled veteran to prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment. For those veterans who are severely disabled and that gainful employment is not an option, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. Apply for benefits online and learn more information on the Vets.gov website.
Federal Tuition Assistance (Military TA)
All four service branches and the U.S. Coast Guard offer financial assistance for voluntary, off-duty education programs in support of service members' personal and professional goals. The program is open to officers, warrant officers and enlisted active duty service personnel. In addition, members of the National Guard and Reserve Components may be eligible for TA based on their service eligibility. Service members need to first check with an education counselor for the specifics involving TA by visiting their local installation education office or by going online to a virtual education center.
The Tuition Assistance Program will fund up to 100 percent of your college tuition and certain fees with the following limits:
- Not to exceed $250 per semester credit hour
- Not to exceed $4,500 per fiscal year, October 1 through September 30
To be eligible for TA, an enlisted service member must have enough time remaining in service to complete the course for which he or she has applied. After the completion of a course, an officer using TA must fulfill a service obligation that runs parallel with - not in addition to - any existing service obligation.
Each military branch has its own TA application form and procedures. To find out how to get started, visit your local installation education center, go online to a virtual education center or click on the following links for each service branch:
For more information, please visit the Department of Defense’s Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE website.
New York State (NYS) Higher Education Services Corporation
If you are a veteran, currently in the military or a dependent of a veteran, there are NYS programs to help you start or continue your college education. You must be a New York Resident to be eligible. You can obtain information on the Veterans Tuition Award, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, Military Enhanced Recognition Incentive and Tribute program and the NYS Tuition Assistance Program at the Military Corner.