Students who believe they are eligible for Veterans Educational Benefits should contact Michele DeFreece. She is the certifying official at SUNY Delhi and will guide students through the Veterans Educational Benefits registration process. Additionally, any veteran who has an honorable discharge and is an enrolled student is eligible for a free vehicle parking permit. Veterans should see Michele DeFreece in Bush Hall, Room 219.
Generally, students who receive VA Educational Benefits fit one of the following categories: eligible discharged veterans, active reservists, disabled veterans and dependents of deceased/disabled veterans.
5 Must Know GI Bill Facts
First time users of the GI Bill can find the process confusing and often frustrating. If you are planning to use your GI Bill benefit, there are 5 facts you must know to help make the process easier.
It can take over eight weeks or longer to process your GI Bill Eligiblity application. The sooner you apply for your GI Bill eligiblity the shorter the delay in getting your payments. For more details on how to apply see the GI Bill Users Guide and get started using your benefits today!
Once you have separated from the service you have up to 15 years to use all of your benefits. Although separating from service "starts the clock" on your 15-year time limit, you should know that if you rejoin active-duty service for more than 90 days, during the 15- year period, your 15-year clock is reset. In other words, you get 15 years from your last discharge.
Example: Seaman Smith left the active duty and joined the Navy Reserve. Three years later she returned to active duty with seven years remaining on the MGIB clock. At that point, the clock is reset at the 15-year mark when she leaves the active duty service again, at which point the 10 year clock will start ticking again. She now has a fresh 15 years left to use ALL of her benefits or she will lose her remaining balance, which then returns to Uncle Sam.
The GI Bill is not considered Financial Aid in the traditional sense. College and University financial aid departments do not consider the MGIB financial aid because it is normally paid directly to you, not the school. Most schools will require you to sign a promissory note or apply for student loans to pay them upfront. You will then be required to pay these loans - hopefully with your GI Bill payments.
This also means that you are eligible for student loans, scholarships, and Pell Grants along with the GI Bill.
Note: Although un-taxable, GI Bill benefit payments reduce the amount of student financial aid you are eligible to receive.
Unfortunately, many people believe that once you apply for benefits you have to remain enrolled in school to get the full benefit. Thankfully that's not true; you can use the MGIB for any period of time, take time off and re-apply to use it again at a later date. (Keeping in mind fact number one)
You can also use it as you progress to your education goal. If you use your benefits wisely your GI Bill benefits can help you finish your associates, and work on your bachelors, and later complete your master's degree.
The GI Bill benefit provides 36 months of education benefits. The term "months" can often be confusing. The "36 months" of benefits does not mean you have only 36 months to use it, nor does it mean you must use it all in one 36 month period.
There are two ways the term month is used. One way for active duty and the other for veterans. The following should help you to better understand this aspect of the GI Bill.
For Veterans: Every time you use the current maximum "payment rate" of MGIB benefits you use a month of your 36 months of benefits. In this example a "month" doesn't really mean a month.
Here is what the VA says:
"If you are a veteran and you receive $4,300, and your full-time MGIB rate is $1,075, divide $4,300 by $1,075. Your entitlement charge is four months.
However for active duty:
If you are on active duty and you go to school full-time for four months, but your tuition is only $1,000, you will still be charged for four months of your 36 month entitlement. In this example a "month" actually does mean a month.
Note: It only "pays" to use your GI Bill on active duty if your tuition costs exceed your Tuition Assistance or if you use it as Tuition Assistance Top-up.
The GI Bill payment rates are based on several factors, the biggest being your credit load. For example a fulltime student will get more per month, while a half-time student will only get half that amount. Click here to learn more about how GI Bill Payment Rates work.
It is also important to know that the MGIB Payment rates increase every year. See the current GI Bill payment rate tables to view the details and this year's payment rate.
You can apply for the GI Bill by filling out and following the instructions on VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits. For more details, see the Four Easy Steps to Getting Your GI Bill and get started using your benefits today!
Some students will be required to verify their enrollment each month. There are two ways students can verify enrollment: 1) a toll-free number and, 2) the World Wide Web (internet).
The toll-free number is 1-877-823-2378. Your ID number is your Social Security number.
Web Automated Verification of Employment (WAVE) NOTE: You MUST have a current or active benefit award for MGIB-Active Duty (Chapter 30) or MGIB Selected Reserve in our system. Use this site to verify your school attendance. Please use the last 6 digits of your Social Security number as your PIN number.
FASFA - 002857
TAP - 3020 (1 or 2 yr. programs)
TAP - 6020 (4 yr. programs)