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The various types of GI Bill benefits are listed below. Many students qualify for more than one benefit. You should research each benefit to determine which is best for you. This is meant to be a guide to assist you but only you know your individual situation. See the GI Bill website for additional information.

Veterans Information

Eligibility & Benefits:
  • You may qualify for this benefit if you are a reservist or National Guard member in drilling status.
  • It pays a monthly stipend for students who attend classes at least half-time. 
Things to consider before choosing this benefit:
  • If you have been active duty for other than training, you may also qualify for Chapter 1607, Chapter 33, and/or the Missouri Returning Heroes program.
  • If you qualify for both Chapter 1606 and another Chapter, you may qualify to receive additional benefits under another chapter for a limited time once you have exhausted all of your Chapter 1606 benefits.
  • With this Chapter you are responsible for making payments to Southeast. You will not start receiving GI Bill payments until the month after classes begin. You will be responsible for making payment arrangements with Student Financial Services even though you may not have started receiving your payments for that semester.
Processing of this benefit:

Initially: When applying for this benefit (http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp), you need to submit a copy of your DD 214, your Notice of Basic Eligibility, and your Army Kicker contract or Navy College Fund contract. Without this documentation, the VA cannot properly process your benefit, and you will experience extreme delay in the payout of this benefit.

Found Eligible: Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the VA School Certifying Official (SCO)

Monthly Attendance Verification: Each month that you use your benefit, you must verify your attendance through the GI Bill WAVE system, either online (https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do) or telephonically (1-877-2378). Failure to verify attendance will cause loss of pay, until verification has been complete.

Each Semester: Each semester you wish to use this benefit, make sure that you submit a VA Certification Request, via your Southeast Student Portal. Without a cert request, the VA School Certifying Official (SCO) cannot submit a request to the VA, and therefore, you will not receive payment.

Required information for this benefit:
Eligibility & Benefits:
  • You may qualify for this benefit if you are an actively drilling member of a Reserve component who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10, U.S. Code for at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency operation.
  • Active drilling National Guard members may be eligible if their active service extends for 90 consecutive days or more and the service is authorized under section 502(f) title 21 U.S. Code, authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for a national emergency, and supported by federal funds.
  • It pays a monthly stipend for students who attend classes at least half-time. 
Things to consider before choosing this benefit:
  • You may also qualify for the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 benefit but Chapter 1607 may be the better choice especially if you qualify for the Missouri Returning Heroes Program.
  • If you leave drilling status you may qualify to switch to Chapter 1606 benefits for the amount of time you were mobilized plus 4 months. You may also qualify to switch to the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill.
  • If you qualify for both Chapter 1607 and another Chapter, you may qualify to receive additional benefits under another chapter for a limited time once you have exhausted all of your Chapter 1607 benefits.
  • With this Chapter you are responsible for making payments to Southeast. You will not start receiving GI Bill payments until the month after classes begin. You will be responsible for making payment arrangements with Student Financial Services even though you may not have started receiving your payments for that semester.
Processing of this benefit:

Initially: When applying for this benefit (http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp), you may need to submit a copy of your DD 214. Without this documentation, the VA may not properly process your benefit, and you may experience extreme delay, in the payout of this benefit.

Found Eligible: Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the VA School Certifying Official (SCO)

Monthly Attendance Verification: Each month that you use your benefit, you must verify your attendance through the GI Bill WAVE system, either online (https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do) or telephonically (1-877-2378). Failure to verify attendance will cause loss of pay, until verification has been complete.

Each Semester: Each semester you wish to use this benefit, make sure that you submit a VA Certification Request, via your Southeast Student Portal. Without a cert request, the VA School Certifying Official (SCO) cannot submit a request to the VA, and therefore, you will not receive payment.

Required information for this benefit:
Eligibility & Benefits:
  • You may qualify for this benefit if you entered the military on a full-time basis.
Things to consider before choosing this benefit:
  1. If you qualify for the Missouri Returning Heroes program, this Chapter may be more beneficial than the Chapter 33.
  2. If you qualify for both Chapter 30 and another Chapter, you may qualify to receive additional benefits under another chapter for a limited time once you have exhausted all of your Chapter 30 benefits.
  3. With this Chapter you are responsible for making payments to Southeast. You will not start receiving GI Bill payments until the month after classes begin. You will be responsible for making payment arrangements with Student Financial Services even though you may not have started receiving your payments for that semester.
Processing of this benefit:

Initially: When applying for this benefit (http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp), you may need to submit a copy of your DD 214, and if applicable, a copy of your Army Kicker contract or Navy College Fund contract (if you haven’t already submitted it). Without this documentation, the VA may not be able to properly process your benefit, and you may experience extreme delay in the payout of this benefit.

Found Eligible: Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the VA School Certifying Official (SCO)

Monthly Attendance Verification: Each month that you use your benefit, you must verify your attendance through the GI Bill WAVE system, either online (https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do) or telephonically (1-877-2378). Failure to verify attendance will cause loss of pay, until verification has been complete.

Each Semester: Each semester you wish to use this benefit, make sure that you submit a VA Certification Request, via your Southeast Student Portal. Without a cert request, the VA School Certifying Official (SCO) cannot submit a request to the VA, and therefore, you will not receive payment.

Required information for this benefit:
Eligibility & Benefits:
  • You are a dependent of a person who meets the requirements of Chapter 33 listed above and that person has transferred benefits to you.
  • You may qualify for this benefit, if you served at least 90 days in a period of qualifying Active Duty service, on or after September 11, 2001.
  • It pays a monthly housing stipend, if you are attending classes at least half-time (Active Duty and Active Guard Reserve (AGR) recipients are not qualified for housing stipend).
  • This benefit also pays you a book stipend per credit hour of attendance.
Things to consider before choosing this benefit:
  • You may also qualify for Chapter 35 benefits or other benefit chapters if you are a veteran or in drilling status as a reservist or National Guard member.
  • The amount of the benefit will range from 40% to 100% and could increase if the veteran has additional active duty service after you initially apply for benefits. Not all active duty service counts toward determining your benefit level.
  • The housing allowance (BAH) is based on the location of the main Southeast campus, zip code 63701. This is a lower cost of living area so the BAH will not be as high as locations in other parts of the country.
  • The benefit must be transferred to you by the veteran through the Department of Defense website. 
Processing of this benefit:
Required information for this benefit:

In order to defer tuition and enrollment-related fees, a copy of the Veteran’s or Dependent’s Certificate of Eligiblity must be on file. Otherwise, only 50% of tuition and enrollment-related fees may be deferred. To request an additional copy of your COE, you may request one at https://gibill.custhelp.com/app/utils/login_form/redirect/ask, using the “Ask a Question” tab.

Eligibility & Benefits:
  • You qualify for the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship if you are the child of a service member who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.  A child may be married or over the age of 23 and still be eligible.
Things to consider before choosing this benefit:
  • Rules for eligible children serving, or who have served, in the Armed Forces:
    • If the child is eligible under the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty, Montgomery
    • GI Bill Selected Reserve, and/or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program
    • (REAP), then he or she must relinquish eligibility under one of those programs to receive benefits under Post-9/11 GI Bill
    • A child’s character of discharge from his or her own service does not impact eligibility resulting from the line of duty death of a parent
    • A child on active duty will receive benefits at the active duty benefit rate
    • A child may qualify for up to 36 months of benefits under the Fry Scholarship Program and possibly another 36 months of benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on their own service. An individual may also receive additional entitlement if another parent transfers entitlement to the individual.
  • Children who have used or wish to use entitlement under Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA):
    • If a child is eligible for the Fry Scholarship, he or she may be eligible for VA’s Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA). Although the benefits cannot be used at the same time, a child may be eligible for up to 48 months of benefits between the two programs. Find out more about DEA at http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/dea.html
Processing of this benefit:

Initially: When applying for this benefit (http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp), you may need to submit a copy of your DD 214 (for Veteran). Without this documentation, the VA may not be able to properly process your benefit, and you may experience extreme delay in the payout of this benefit.

Found Eligible: Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the VA School Certifying Official (SCO). With using this benefit, all approved tuition and enrollment-related fees are paid directly to the school. However, without a COE on file that shows your payment tier, the school can only defer 50% of your tuition and fees, until the time you submit your COE. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for any additional fees, to include bookstore fees, parking fees, textbook rental fees, etc., that this benefit does not cover, and payment will be required prior to the start of classes for the term.

Each Semester: Each semester you wish to use this benefit, make sure that you submit a VA Certification Request, via your Southeast Student Portal. Without a cert request, the VA School Certifying Official (SCO) cannot submit a request to the VA, and therefore, you will not receive payment.

Required information for this benefit:
Eligibility & Benefits:
  • You may qualify for this benefit if you have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%.
  • It pays a monthly living allowance, tuition & fees, various other fees, and an allowance for supplies.
Things to consider before choosing this benefit:
  1. You may also qualify for another benefit chapter but you can only use one chapter at a time.
  2. Your VA Voc Rehab counselor will need to approve any major changes before courses for your new major can be certified.
Processing of this benefit:

Initially: When applying for this benefit, you must have already been awarded a disability rating from the VA. You will need to complete the VA Form 28-1900 and submit to the VA SCO, and the SCO will in turn route the form to the necessary VA VR&E Counselor for review. You will be required to meet with the VA VR&E Counselor, prior to being eligible to use this benefit.

Found Eligible: Submit a copy of your Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status (VA Form 28-1905) to the SCO (usually done by the VA VR&E Counselor, but just make sure SCO has a copy and that it’s current). As this benefit pays the school directly, please keep in mind that you are responsible for any additional fees that this benefit does not cover, and payment will be required prior to the start of classes for the term.

Annually: You will be required to meet with your assigned VA VR&E Counselor annually, at which time he/she will go over your transcripts, degree works, and address any questions or pertinent issues. Your VA VR&E Counselor may require additional meetings throughout the year as well.

Each Semester: Each semester you wish to use this benefit, make sure that you submit a VA Certification Request, via your Southeast Student Portal. Without a cert request, the VA School Certifying Official (SCO) cannot submit a request to the VA, and therefore, you will not receive payment.

Required information for this benefit:
Eligibility & Benefits:
  • You may qualify for this benefit if you are the son, daughter or spouse of:
    • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability.
    • A veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence, a service member missing in action or captured in the line of duty by a hostile force, or a service member forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  • It pays a monthly stipend for students who attend classes at least half-time. 
Things to consider before choosing this benefit:
  • You may also qualify for Chapter 33 benefits if a parent transfers Post 9/11 benefits to you or if you qualify for the Fry Scholarship.
  • If you are currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves you may qualify for Chapter 1606, 1607 or Chapter 33 but Chapter 35 may be the most beneficial.
  • With this Chapter you are responsible for making payments to Southeast. You will not start receiving GI Bill payments until the month after classes begin. You will be responsible for making payment arrangements with Student Financial Services even though you may not have started receiving your payments for that semester.
Processing of this benefit:

Initially:You can apply for this benefit at (http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp). As this is a dependent’s benefit, you may need to submit a copy of your sponsor’s DD 214 and necessary documentation showing a legal tie to the Veteran, but this documentation would be requested from the VA, and is not required, at the actual time of application. Initially, you may not have a VA File number, but you can check with the VA Education Hotline at 1-888-442-4551 to see. Without the proper VA File Number, there is great delay in the processing of your benefits and payment.

Found Eligible:Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the VA School Certifying Official (SCO).

Each Semester:Each semester you wish to use this benefit, make sure that you submit a VA Certification Request, via your Southeast Student Portal. Without a cert request, the VA School Certifying Official (SCO) cannot submit a request to the VA, and therefore, you will not receive payment.

Required information for this benefit:

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