HOW GI BILL EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS HELP RETURNING VETS

Since its inception, the GI Bill has enabled millions of returning veterans to obtain the education and training needed to find productive careers in civilian life. Carolina Career College (CCC) is proud to be a part of this process.

As with any government program, the details around these benefits can be confusing and overwhelming. This article answers several of the most commonly asked questions we receive. For additional questions you may have, please contact CCC’s VA Certifying Official.

What is the GI Bill?

The original GI Bill was created in 1944 to help veterans of World War II. It offered low-interest mortgages and paid tuition and expenses for veterans attending college or trade schools. The Readjustment Benefits Act of 1966 extended these benefits to all veterans of the armed forces, including those who had served during peacetime.

In 2008, Congress passed the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, also called the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This gave greater education benefits to veterans who were on active duty on/after-September 11, 2001 and also allowed them to transfer unused benefits to their spouses or children. In 2017, the “Forever GI Bill” became law, eliminating the 15-year limitation on educational benefits for some and authorizing new work-study programs.

Who’s eligible for these educational benefits?

If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after September 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. Purple Heart recipients, regardless of length of service, are qualified for Post-9/11 benefits at the 100% level. Certain members of the Reserves who lost education benefits may also be eligible to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

What benefits are provided?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits including free tuition at an approved school plus stipends for housing and books.

Where can I use my educational benefits?

Educational benefits provided under the Post-9/11 GI Bill are only payable for training at an eligible institution.  An online directory of such schools is found at: https://www.va.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool

We invite you to check out “Carolina Career College” in this directory.

How much will the government pay toward CCC’s tuition?

Your tuition assistance will equal the actual cost of in-state tuition and fees, not to exceed $24,476 during the academic year. Please check with CCC’s VA Certifying Official for all the details.

How long do these benefits last?

The Post 9/11 GI bill, passed in 2008, placed a 15-year time limit on the use of educational benefits. In 2017, the “Forever GI Bill” removed this time limit for individuals whose last discharge or release from active duty is on or after January 1, 2013. All others remain subject to the current 15-year time limitation for using their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

Can these benefits be taken away?

Incarcerated veterans may experience a reduction or loss of educational benefits based on the crime committed and the resulting prison sentence, e.g., whether the offense was a felony or misdemeanor.

Can I transfer my educational benefits to my spouse or children?

Yes. You can transfer benefits if:

  1. You’re on active duty or in the Selected Reserve
  2. At least one of these is true: (a) You have completed at least 6 years of service on the date your request is approved and you agree to add 4 more years of service, or (b) You have completed at least 10 years of service on the date your request is approved, can’t commit to add 4 more years of service because of either a policy or statute, but agree to serve for the maximum amount of time allowed, and
  3. The person getting benefits has enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

If the Department of Defense approves the Transfer of Entitlement (TOE), your spouse or dependent children can apply for up to 36 months of benefits and may be able to get money for tuition, housing, books, and supplies. For more details, please visit: https://www.va.gov/education/transfer-post-9-11-gi-bill-benefits/

Who can help me understand the details?

We can. CCC’s VA Certifying Official is an expert in securing GI Bill educational benefits for returning veterans. Let us explain the details in plain English and help you to complete the necessary paperwork to get started immediately. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to begin a new chapter of your life!

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