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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.
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.
Required information for this benefit:
Eligibility & Benefits:
  • You may qualify for this benefit if you entered the military on a full-time basis.
  • It pays a monthly stipend for students who attend classes at least half-time.
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.
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.
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. 
Required information for this benefit:
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.
Things to consider before choosing this benefit:
  • You may also qualify for another chapter if you are a veteran yourself.
  • Choosing Chapter 33 is irrevocable. If eligible for another chapter you must permanently give up that chapter to accept Chapter 33.
  • This benefit will cover 100% of the tuition and fees for Missouri resident students. Out-of-state students will be covered at the in-state 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.
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.
Required information for this benefit:

Dependent Information

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.
Required information for this benefit:
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