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Alabama G.I. Dependents' Scholarship Program
The Alabama G.I. Dependents' Scholarship program is a nationally renowned program created by Act 633 and approved October 1947 by the Alabama Legislature. It is administered by the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs and is governed by the Code of Alabama 1975, Section 31-6-1. The Alabama G.I. Dependents' Scholarship program provides assistance with tuition, fees, and books for the dependents and spouses of veterans.
Students approved for the Alabama G.I. Dependents' Scholarship after July 31, 2017 must complete all of the following steps to determine eligibility for VA benefits:
Must be a current resident of the state of Alabama at the time of application; and Must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each year that they are covered under the Alabama G.I. Dependents' Scholarship Program; and Must comply with Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by their education institution; and must complete a Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) release form for each educational institution that they attend to authorize the release of personally identifiable information required to determine continued eligibility and as required for necessary reporting.
Please note: Pell grant and other scholarships must be applied to tuition, fees, and books first. The Alabama G.I. Dependents' Scholarship will be applied after Pell grant and other scholarships for any applicable remaining charges.
For qualifications or additional information about the Alabama G.I. Dependents' Scholarship Program, please visit http://www.va.state.al.us/gi_dep_scholarship.aspx . You may visit http://www.va.state.al.us/county_select.aspx to find the nearest Veterans Service Office to apply for the Alabama G.I. Dependents’ Scholarship Program.
This nationally renowned program was created by Act 633 and approved October 1947 by the Alabama Legislature. It is administered by the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs and is governed by the Code of Alabama 1975, Section 31-6-1.
Alabama National Guard Education Assistance Program
ANGEAP is a program established by the legislature of the state of Alabama and is designed to provide financial assistance to active Alabama National Guard members who are enrolled in degree programs at accredited post-secondary institutions of higher learning located within the state of Alabama. Limited funding is provided by the Alabama Legislature, and priority is given to those who apply early. To determine if a service member qualifies for ANGEAP, members should contact the unit administrator at their prospective unit. An application for ANGEAP can be found at http://ache.edu/ACHE_Reports/Forms/Grants/ANGEAP-Appl1819.pdf . Completed application can be submitted to the TSCC Financial Aid Office.
Tuition Assistance (TA)
Tuition assistance (TA) is a Department of Defense (DOD) program. GoArmyEd is the virtual gateway for all eligible Active Duty, National Guard, and Army Reserve soldiers to request tuition assistance (TA) online, anytime, anywhere, for classroom and distance learning. It allows soldiers to manage their education records, including college classes, testing, on-duty classes, and Army education counselor support. Soldiers may request TA through GoArmyEd prior to the course start date. GoArmyEd will notify the soldier of TA approval. If the TA request is not approved, GoArmyEd will advise the soldier of the reason and the next steps. All drops/withdrawals must be handled through GoArmyEd . Soldiers who do not successfully complete a class due to military reasons must request a Withdrawal for Military Reasons through GoArmyEd and complete all required steps to ensure that they will not be charged. Students have fourteen (14) days from the start of the semester to input information into the GoArmyEd system for TA approval.
Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation (Disabled Veterans)
A veteran may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) benefits if he or she:
Received, or will receive, a discharge other than dishonorable conditions; Incurred or aggravated a service-connected disability which entitles him or her to VA disability compensation; andIs in need of vocational rehabilitation because his or her disability creates an employment handicap.
Vocational rehabilitation may be provided for up to 48 months. An eligible veteran generally has 15 years from the date he or she is notified of entitlement to VA compensation to use their Chapter 31 benefits. VA may approve an extension of time and/or length of training in certain cases.
Entitlement for vocational rehabilitation on services is determined on an individual basis following an evaluation of the veteran’s interests, aptitudes, education, work experience, and vocational abilities. Each school is assigned a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist to assist Chapter 31 students and school officials responsible for certifying Chapter 31 students. Full tuition, fees, and books are paid to the school by the VA. In addition, the student gets a subsistence allowance depending on the training status.
Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) and Active Duty
The Montgomery GI Bill® (Active Duty), also known as Chapter 30, is a program of education benefits generally for individuals who enter active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985 and have contributed to the College fund. Active Duty for benefits purposes includes full-time National Guard duty after November 29, 1989. The participant generally must serve continuously on active duty for three-year or greater initial enlistment, or, for a lesser benefit, two years of an initial active duty obligation of less than three years. An individual also may qualify for the full benefits by initially serving two continuous years on active duty, followed by four years of Selected Reserve service. In the latter case, the participant must enter the Selected Reserve within one year of the release from active duty. The participant must meet the requirements for a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate before the first period of active duty ends. Completing 12 credit hours toward a college degree meets this requirement. Individuals, who initially serve a continuous period of at least three years of active duty, even though they were initially obligated to serve less, will be paid at the higher basic rate. Snead State Community college does not participate in advance pay.
Chapter 33 Post 9/11
The Post 9/11 GI Bill® is a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. The benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date. You may receive up to 36 months of entitlement under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. Once you elect to receive benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, you will no longer be eligible to receive benefits under the program from which you elected before the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. A monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school (for BAH rates, please visit www.gibill.va.gov ) is associated with this benefit. For those enrolled solely in distance learning, the housing allowance payable is equal to 1/2 the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents for the 2011 academic year (Active duty students and their spouses cannot receive the MHA). An annual books stipend of $1,000 is paid proportionately based on enrollment.
Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR)
This program provides benefits for members of the Selected Reserve and National Guard who enlisted, re-enlisted, or extended their enlistment for a period of six years after July1, 1985. To find out more about eligibility requirements, please contact Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO) at 1-888-442-4551.
Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense educational 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. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
Dependents’ Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. This program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
How to Apply for VA Federal Education Benefits:
Chapters 30, 33, 1606 and 1607 – Go to the VA website ( www.gibill.va.gov ), and complete a 22-1990 form. The VA will contact the student by mail letting them know their eligibility. Students will need to submit a copy of their certificate of eligibility once they receive it from the VA. Students may use the Veteran Student Checklist (Veteran Student Checklist as a clickable link to form) to ensure all required documents are submitted to the TSCC Financial Aid Office.
Chapter 35 – Students must go to the VA website ( www.gibill.va.gov ) and complete a 22-5490 form. Students will need to submit a copy of their certificate of eligibility/entitlement once they receive it from the VA. Students may use the Veteran Dependent Student Checklist (Veteran Dependent Student Checklist as a clickable link to form) to ensure all required documents are submitted to the TSCC Financial Aid Office.
Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Transfer of Entitlement- Veterans must log on to the DoD Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) Web application: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/TEB/ . The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Upon approval, family members may apply to use transferred benefits with VA by applying online or by completing VA Form 22-1990e .
Veteran students who have received benefits through Chapter 30, 33, 1606 or 1607 are required to complete a 22-1995 along with the TSCC Statement of Understanding and submit forms to the Financial Aid Office.
Chapter 35 transfer students will need to complete a 22-5495 along with the TSCC Statement of Understanding and submit forms to the Financial Aid Office.
VA CONTACT INFORMATION
Assistant Director of Financial Aid/
VA School Certifying Official
Muskogee Regional Office
PO Box 8888
Muskogee, Oklahoma 74402-8888
HELPFUL VA LINKS
Alabama VA Resources