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Veterans and Dependents of Veterans utilizing Post 9/11 GI Bill, Post 9/11 Transfer of Entitlement, Fry Scholarship or Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 30 may qualify for in-state tuition under the Veterans Access Choice and Accountability Act.

Who is covered?

 A “covered individual” is defined in the Choice Act as:

  • A Veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more and is utilizing Chapter 30 or 33 benefits
  • A spouse or child using transferred benefits, Chapter 33, who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

What we need to change your status?

  • A Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs indicating eligibility under Chapter 30, Post 9/11 GI Bill or Fry Scholarship and a DD214 that shows the separation date. 
  • Submit your documents to VAEdBenefits@msudenver.edu or in person at the Office of the Registrar, Student Success Building #3

 

If you do not qualify via this law there may be other options available. Visit the Admissions residency page for more information.  

http://msudenver.edu/admissions/residency/ 

Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill®

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty for at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001 or were discharged with a service-related disability after 30 continuous days. Under the new chapter, effective August 1, 2009, eligible participants (veterans, service members and dependents) pursuing a VA approved training program may receive the following benefits at a percentage based on the length of active duty service:

  1. Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid directly to the school).
  2. Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the primary school (paid directly to the veteran). Click here to calculate BAH for zip code 80204.
  3. Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year (paid directly to the service member or veteran).

Specific questions about eligibility for VA benefits should be addressed to the VA. For additional information, see benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Continuing, New and Transfer Students:

Every semester you intend on receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) you must submit a Certification Request Form. This should be done right after you register for classes so that the Veterans Education Benefits Office has ample time to submit your enrollment information to the VA. To access the Certification Request click the link in the left menu.


Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. There are two main programs:

 

Continuing, New and Transfer Students:

Every semester you intend on receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) you must submit a Certification Request Form. This should be done right after you register for classes so that the Veterans Education Benefits Office has ample time to submit your enrollment information to the VA. To access the Certification Request click the link in the left menu. 

 

You must verify your attendance each month in order to be paid. You can verify via the link below or call the automated number. Verify no sooner than the last day of each month during the semester you are certified for. 

‌          ‌1-877-823-2378

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program

REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the president or Congress. This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/reap.asp

 

Continuing, New and Transfer Students:

Every semester you intend on receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) you must submit a Certification Request Form. This should be done right after you register for classes so that the Veterans Education Benefits Office has ample time to submit your enrollment information to the VA. To access the Certification Request click the link in the left menu. 

 

You must verify your attendance each month in order to be paid. Do this the last day of each month you are enrolled for classes to be paid in a timely manner. You can verify via the icon below or call the automated number. ‌

‌1-877-823-237

Survivors and Dependents Assistance

The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) Program (Chapter 35)offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship - Post 9/11 Chapter 33) is currently available for children of those who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Beginning January 1, 2015, Fry Scholarship will also be available for surviving spouses of those who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.

Click here for a Comparison Chart for Surviving Spouses with both DEA and Fry Scholarship Eligibility.

 

Continuing, New and Transfer Students:

Every semester you intend on receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) you must submit a Certification Request Form. This should be done right after you register for classes so that the Veterans Education Benefits Office has ample time to submit your enrollment information to the VA. To access the Certification Request click the link in the left menu. 

 

Dependents of Service Members and Veterans can now access eBenefits.  For more information and to sign up click the picture below.

 

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation 

The DVA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 Program. The mission of VR&E is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find and keep suitable jobs. For veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

Services that may be provided by the VR&E include:

  • Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, interests, and needs.
  • Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning.
  • Employment services such as job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance.
  • if needed, training such as On-The-Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships and non-paid work experiences.
  • If needed, post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school.
  • Supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling and referral.

Eligibility requirements:

  • The basic period of eligibility in which VR&E services may be used is 12 years from the latter of the following:
  • Date of separation from active military service, or Date the veteran was first notified by the VA of a service-connected disability rating.

To receive an evaluation for VR&E services, a veteran must:

  • Have received, or will receive, discharge that is other than dishonorable.
  • Have service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent.
  • Submit a completed application for VR&E services.

Evaluation

After eligibility is determined, the veteran is scheduled to meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) for a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether the veterans is entitled to services. The comprehensive evaluation includes:

  • An assessment of whether service connected disabilities impair the veteran's ability to find and/ or hold a job using the occupational skills he or she has already developed.
  • Vocational exploration and goal development.

For more information please contact the Denver Benefits Regional Office Directly at:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Denver Regional Benefit Office

155 Van Cordon St.

Lakewood, Co 80228

Phone: 1-800-827-1000

You must apply for Tuition Assistance on your branch's website. Contact Us at 303-556-2993 or VAEdBenefits@msudenver.edu with your questions or if you need a degree plan uploaded to the portal. 

Army

Navy

Marine Corps

Air Force

Coast Guard

Colorado National Guard

Please send your Tuition Assistance Authorizations (FERPA Form) to James Reyes in the Office of the Bursar. 

James Reyes
Sponsor Account Manager
Office of the Bursar
jreyes16@msudenver.edu 
Phone 303-605-5357

Fax 303-615-0070

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