As a veteran or military student, you may be eligible to claim VA benefits at USD by meeting the eligibility requirements of one of the following categories:
VA Educational Benefits
- Chapter 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) - Chapter 35
Individuals eligible to receive benefits under the Survivors and Dependents Assistance Program (DEA)
- Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve - Chapter 1606
Current National Guard and Reserve Personnel
- Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) - Chapter 1607
Current National Guard and Reserve Personnel called to duty for 90 days or more after Sept. 10, 2001 (REAP)
The VA may also reimburse for national exams (like CLEP or DSST), where students may receive credit for selected courses, or to take a test for college admission requirements (such as GRE and GMAT). You will need to fill out VA Form 22-0810. There are dollar amount limits that will determine how many months of benefits you will be charged. If you have any questions about this process you should call the VA; 888-442-4551. You may need to contact your advisor or Registrar's Office to determine eligible courses and degree requirements.
You may also use your GI Bill to reimburse for licensure or certification fees. For these, you will need to fill out VA Form 22-0803. There are dollar amount limits that will determine how many months of benefits you will be charged. There are many restrictions; if you have any questions about this process you should call the VA; 888-442-4551
Upon leaving the university, you may be able to use remaining GI Bill benefits for on-the-job training. You will need to contact your state or county Veterans' office. Employers who are not already participating in this program can apply. Any questions should be directed to the VA: 888-442-4551 or your state's military affairs department or county veterans representative.