A variety of state and federal education benefits is available to Louisiana veterans and their dependents.
Consulting the local parish service officer or a veterans’ representative at the intended educational institution is vital to making an informed decision regarding educational options. Eligibility criteria and periods of eligibility at times involve technical determinations and are beyond the below information. Information on federal educational benefits is available at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) and gibill.va.gov.
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Post-9/11 GI Bill
Only active duty service performed after September 10, 2001, may be considered for determining eligibility for the benefit. The program’s effective date is August 1, 2009, and is only applicable for study at degree-granting institutions; the tuition and fees are paid directly to the institution, not to the student. To be eligible, a service member or veteran must have:
- Served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, to earn 40% of the benefit, and served at least 36 months to earn 100% of the benefit;
- Been honorably discharged or been honorably discharged for a service-connected disability (and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001).
Maximum Benefits Payable
- Cost of tuition and fees incurred on or after August 1, 2009
- Cost of tuition and fees not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher learning in the state in which the veteran is attending school
Louisiana’s 2008-2009 maximum in-state tuition and fees are up to $410.50 per credit hour and up to $2,541.70 per term. The 2009-2010 maximum in-state tuition and fees will be posted on gibill.va.gov by August 1, 2009.
Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program
The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) allows institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the maximum in-state tuition and fees. The institution can waive up to 50% of those expenses, and VA will match. For example, in Louisiana, the maximum per credit hour is approximately $400 for 2008-2009. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows a Louisiana institution that charges $500 per credit hour to waive $50 and have VA match $50, allowing the student to utilize the new GI-Bill to attend that institution.
Who is eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program?
Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefits rate (based on service time post-9/11) may receive the funding.
See gibill.va.gov or call 1-888-442-4551 for additional information.
Montgomery GI Bill: Active Duty (Chapter 30)
This program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits to eligible veterans and currently pays up to $1,321 per month for a full-time student. It is for both degree and vocational programs, certificates or correspondence courses, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training , flight training programs, licenses and certifications, and even remedial and refresher courses, under certain circumstances.
Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
The MGIB-SR program may be available to members of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard. The benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program ("REAP" or "CHAPTER 1607")
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new 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.
Survivors and Dependents Education (CHAPTER 35)
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. The benefits may be used for degree programs, and on-the-job training. Spouses may take correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Louisiana's Title 29 Dependents' Educational Assistance
This state benefit provides educational assistance to surviving spouses of certain deceased or disabled war veterans. The benefit also includes children of veterans rated with a 100% service-connected disability. In 1997, the benefit was amended to include children of veterans rated with at least a 90% service-connected disability. In 1999, the benefit was amended again to include children of veterans rated with a 100% service-connected disability due to individual un-employability.
LA National Guard Tuition Exemption
Members are exempt from tuition at any state-funded college, university, or vocational/technical school for five years or a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first. For more information, please visit GeauxGuard.com or call 1-800-GOGUARD.
VA Work Study Program
Full-time or 3/4 –time students in a college degree program or a vocational or professional program can earn while they learn with a VA work study allowance. The VA work study allowance is available to persons training under: The Post -9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30), Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31), VEAP (Chapter 32), Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35), and Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606 and 1607).