VA Educational Benefits
Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) - Active Duty
This program provides up to three years of educational benefits toward your degree. Benefits are available to you for 10 years after ending active duty. You must have contributed $1,200 to the MGIB during your first year on active duty to be eligible. For more information about the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty Program, pease click here.
Disabled Veterans Qualified for Vocational Rehabilitation
In most cases, in order to receive Chapter 31 education benefits, you must receive monthly VA disability payments. However, exceptions are made in some cases. This award will cover tuition, books, supplies, and other education-related expenses. Application is separate and distinct from the education benefit applications. For more information about the VetSuccess Program, please click here.
Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides up to three years of educational benefits toward your degree, and the benefits are available to you for up to 15 years after ending active duty. Under this program, you are entitled to funds based on the length of time you were active duty. Dependents may also use Chapter 33 benefits transferred to them by their sponsor. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
The University of Northern Iowa participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. This provides additional financial assistance to nonresident or graduate students whose costs are not fully covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. To qualify, you must be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at the 100% tier and have costs that exceed Veterans Affairs state maximums.
For Eligible Individuals, the Post 9/11 GI Bill Will Pay:
- Tuition and fees directly to the school not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition and fees at a public Institution of Higher Learning.
- A monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school.
- An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
- A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals.
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance
To receive funds toward your education under this program, you must be the son, daughter, or spouse of a deceased, disabled, or captive veteran. Limitations for receiving benefits vary with age, and the circumstances surrounding the veteran’s discharge. For more information about the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program, please click here.
Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve
The Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve benefits are available to members of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard. Funding will be provided toward your degree. For more information about the Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve Program, please click here.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) for Those Called to Active Duty under the National Call to Service Program
This education program provides up to three years of benefits for members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve, and National Guard who are placed on active duty because of war or other national emergency. For more information about REAP, please click here.