Educational Benefits for Vets and Dependents


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VA Education Programs

The various GI Bills® are available for many different types of VA Education Programs. Make sure the education program you wish to enroll in will be qualified for reimbursement under the GI Bill® you are eligible for. Go to the VBA Education and Training for a detailed listing and definition of the programs available and to apply. Once you have applied visit the Ventura College GI Bill® Benefits Website for information on using your education benefits.


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Veterans Educational Benefits Information     

Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 30) - 36 months entitlement

The Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty, called "MGIB" for short, provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans.

Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) - 36 months entitlement

The Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve is an education program that provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserve.  An eligible reservist may get education benefits while in a program approved for VA training. This includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserves, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.  It is the first program that doesn't require a person to serve on active duty in the regular Armed Forces to qualify.


Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) - 36 months entitlement

The Post - 9/11 educational benefit is a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. You may receive benefits for any approved program offered by a school in the United States that is authorized to grant an associate (or higher) degree.

Vocational Rehab (Chapter 31) - 48 months entitlement

The VetSuccess program assists 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, Vet Success offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.


Dependents Educational Benefits Information

CalVet Fee  Waiver

The California College Fee Waiver (CFW) program benefits the spouse and children of U.S. veterans.  Students meeting the eligibility criteria may get their college fees waived if they attend a California Community College, a California State University, or University of California campus.

Dependents VA Educational Benefits (DEA)(Chapter 35)  - 45 months entitlement

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans who:

  • are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition

  • are hospitalized or receiving outpatient medical care, services, or treatment; and are likely to be discharged or released from service for this service-connected disability,

  • are missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.

  • died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition

Transfer of Post 9/11 Benefits (TEB) (Chapter 33) - 36 months entitlement

Service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill® program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children.