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Veteran Education Benefits

Veterans Education Benefits are available to eligible Fisk students who are active duty or reserve military personnel, veterans, or in some cases, the child or spouse of a veteran.  To determine eligibility you must first submit an application to Veterans Affairs (VA Form 22-1990) or apply on-line. Once you have been approved, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility letter from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs approximately 2-3 weeks from your application date.  Upon confirmation of your enrollment status, your certification will be electronically submitted via the VA-Once System.

Applying for initial and continuing VA Benefits

Documents required to apply for initial or continuing VA educational benefits can be printed from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. All completed forms should be returned to the Office of the Registrar.

Post-9/11 Benefits

Only active duty service performed after September 10, 2001 may be considered for determining eligibility for this benefit. To be eligible, a service member or veteran must have served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty and have a honorable discharge. However, individuals honorably discharged for a service-connected disability who served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001, may also establish eligibility.

Basic Benefits

  • Effective August 1, 2013, the individual state caps for tuition and fees are removed. For private and foreign schools, VA will pay the claimant's benefit percentage of the in-state actual net cost up to a limit of $19,198.31 per academic year. The Yellow Ribbon Program may still be utilized by domestic institutions to pay for tuition and fee charges above the yearly cap.
  • Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same area code as your school (paid to you); and
  • Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year (paid to you).

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount as the institution.

The Process

Veterans should contact the VA directly to determine their eligibility for both programs. Additional information regarding VA Benefits the Yellow Ribbon Program and  Housing allowances is available at http://www.gibill.va.gov/or by calling VA Benefits at 1-800-827-1000.

  • Students must either be accepted to Fisk University for the 2014-2015 academic year or be a currently enrolled student.
  • Students must apply for the benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Additional Information

  • Students receiving need-based financial assistance from Fisk University must keep in mind that VA educational benefits, including the Fisk Yellow Ribbon Scholarship, will be coordinated with other institutional and federal financial aid funds as part of the "financial aid package".
  • Certification of enrollment at Fisk University must be done through the Registrar's Office.
  • Payment for the VA's contribution toward tuition and fees will be sent directly to the College.

Using VA Benefits for the First Time

Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill)

Chapter 35 (Survivors and Dependents)

Using VA Benefits for the First Time at Fisk University

(Used VA benefits at another school)

Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill)

Chapter 35 (Survivors and Dependents)

 Fisk University is an active partner in the VA Yellow Ribbon Program

 For the most current Veterans Benefits information, go to http://www.gibill.va.gov/.

Types of VA Educational Benefits

Post 9/11 GI Bill
Only active duty service performed after September 10, 2001 may be considered for determining eligibility for this benefit. To be eligible, a service member or veteran must have served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty and have a honorable discharge. However, individuals honorably discharged for a service-connected disability who served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001, may also establish eligibility.

Chapter 30-Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB)
The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

Chapter 35-Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
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. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course.

Chapter 1606-Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
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, and 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.

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.

Chapter 31-Vocational Rehabilitation
The Vocational Rehabilitation program is for service-disabled veterans who require further education to attain suitable, stable employment. This program may provide vocational and other training services and assistance including tutorial assistance, tuition, books, fees, supplies, handling charges, licensing fees and equipment and other training materials necessary.

Satisfactory Progress/Probation

A student receiving VA benefits needs to understand his college's policy regarding satisfactory progress and academic probation (found in the college catalog). A VA student placed on probation has a maximum of two consecutive semesters to return to good standing. Failure to return to good standing within two semesters will make the student ineligible for VA educational benefits.

The student may regain his eligibility for VA benefits for future terms under one of two conditions: (I.) a return to good standing in the college, or (2.) a request for resumption of VA educational benefits is submitted to the VA claiming mitigating circumstances and the VA reinstates benefits based on evidence supporting the student's claim.