Educational Assistance Programs for Veterans
The educational assistance program administered by DVA under which a
potentially eligible veteran and/or serviceperson may be entitled is largely
dependent on when the individual served on active duty. DVA administers several
educational assistance programs, and the basic eligibility criteria may vary
from one to another. Generally, only DVA can determine an applicant's
eligibility for educational assistance. In some instances, DVA will rely on the
military to make the eligibility determination. It is most important to identify
under what program a student may qualify, as the types of benefits payable will
vary as well as the types of courses or programs of education that may be
certified to DVA.
The major categories of DVA educational assistance programs of interest to
schools and training establishments are:
- Montgomery G.I. Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30)
- Montgomery G.I. Bill - Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP - Chapter 32)
- Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
For a detailed description of these programs, eligibility requirements,
benefits, etc. see
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education
As you leave military life, you may ask yourself what is next? In answering
that question you may want specific information on education, training or career
information. This is designed to give a brief overview of how to pursue that
Knowing where to look for information or asking the “right” questions are
important to getting the “right” answers so you can meet with success as you
take the next step in pursuing your professional goals whether it be education, career, or what?
Remember, information is vital in making decisions on your future, as you
leave the military and embark on civilian life.
The most common question asked is - How do I get started?
The first thing to ask yourself is - Do I know what I want to do?
If the answer is yes, is additional education or training required?
If the answer is no, resources are available to help you figure out what is
There are a variety of different types of educational programs approved for
veterans benefits which you may wish to consider. Depending upon your
eligibility, you may use your VA educational benefits in any of the following:
Colleges and Universities - These are the only institutions in Connecticut
that may offer collegiate programs or grant degrees.
Private Occupational or Trade Schools - These are non-collegiate institutions
specializing in occupational related programs of short duration, which prepare
students for career entry level employment.
Cosmetology and Hairdressing Schools - These schools provide non-collegiate
programs devoted exclusively to the barber and hairdressing industry, offering
career entry level employment.
Hospitals - These institutions provide non-collegiate programs in nursing and
allied health (radiology, paramedic) programs as well as post graduate medical
High Schools or Regional Vocational-Technical Schools - These are High School
Diploma programs and GED programs as well as post-diploma programs in
occupational specialties such as Auto Repair, Carpentry, Welding and Health
Careers. These programs provide career entry level employment.
OJT (On-the-Job Training)/Apprenticeship Programs - These are training
programs that lead to the acquisition of skills needed for a particular
occupation or to learn a skilled trade with the objective of journeyman status.
Employer must seek approval.
Who can I talk to to find out what is available?
Two good sources are the
Education & Employment Information Center
Connecticut Department of Labor.