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Explore financial aid opportunities through government programs and Bethel scholarships designed specifically for veterans or those currently serving in the military.

Air Force ROTC - University of St. Thomas

Air Force ROTC encourages the best of the best to pursue a commission.

Eligibility

View scholarship opportunities for enlisted personnel.


Army ROTC - University of Minnesota Twin Cities

There are options for students pursuing a graduate degree and for enlisted soldiers who are interested in becoming an officer.

Eligibility

If you have two years remaining of graduate school, you are still eligible to enroll in Army ROTC. Contact the Army ROTC Enrollment Officer for more information.

There are also other scholarship opportunities available. The Army Green to Gold program provides options for Soldiers interested in pursuing a graduate degree and earning a commission as an Army Officer. There are three options available to students:

View Army ROTC Green to Gold for more information.


Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) - Air Force

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is a federally funded program for active duty Airmen to assist with tuition costs.

Amount

FTA will fund up to $250 per semester credit ($4000 per fiscal year) with a maximum of 16 credits per fiscal year. The fiscal year goes from October 1–September 30.

Renewal

Graduate students must reapply every year. Undergraduate students must reapply every term.

Eligibility

Officers must have an active duty service commitment that runs for at least two years from the completion date of the last course funded by FTA benefits.  Enlisted personnel must have a service commitment that extends beyond the course end date for any courses funded by FTA benefits.

Academic requirements

Graduate students are required to earn a B or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 3.0; Undergraduate students are required to earn a C or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 2.0. If this academic standard is not met, recoupment will occur.

Students cannot receive a failing grade (F), non-passing grade (N), incomplete grade (I) that last longer than 12 months, a voluntary withdrawal grade (W) or they will end up having to pay it back. Airmen will also have to pay back any non-reimbursable fees for any courses that were cancelled or from which they dropped.

Deadline

Students must apply before courses begin.

How to apply

Apply online via Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC).

Visit U.S. Air Force for more information.


Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) - Army

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is a federally funded program for active duty and reserve Army Soldiers to assist with tuition costs.

Amount

FTA will fund up to $250 per semester credit ($4000 per fiscal year) with a maximum of 16 credits per fiscal year. The fiscal year goes from October 1–September 30.

Renewal

Students must reapply every year.

Eligibility

Soldiers must complete 1 years of service beyond their AIT or BOLC completion to use FTA for undergraduate course.

Soldiers, who have used their FTA for an undergraduate degree, will need to wait until they have served 10 years in service to use FTA to fund their Master’s degree.

Current Army policy limits FTA to 39 semester hours or master’s degree whichever comes first. The 39 semester hour limit applies to all credits taken after completion of a bachelor’s degree.

 Students who drop or withdraw from a course must update their application through GoArmyEd. Soldiers who do not successfully complete a class will be required to repay the FTA. Soldiers who are unable to successfully complete a class due to military reasons must request a Withdrawal for Military Reasons through GoArmyEd and complete all required steps to ensure they will not be charged.

Academic requirements

Students are required to earn a B or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or recoupment will occur.

Deadline

Students must apply before courses begin up to 60 days prior to the start date.

How to apply

FTA is requested on a course-by-course basis with each course being part of an approved degree program. Students must submit their application through www.GoArmyEd.com prior to the course start date. Applications must be approved before the start date of each term. Students must also be registered.

GoArmyEd will notify the Soldier whether or not FTA is approved. If not approved, they will advise the Soldier of the reason and next steps.

Visit GoArmyEd for more information.


Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) - Coast Guard

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is a federally funded program for all active duty Coast Guard to assist with tuition cost. FTA can also be applied to cover the cost of fees IF costs are directly tied to the course for which the fee is required.

Amount

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) will fund up to $250 per semester credit ($4,000 per fiscal year) with a maximum of 16 credits per fiscal year. The fiscal year goes from October 1st - September 30th.

Renewal

Students must reapply every year.

Eligibility

Active Duty enlisted members and officers must meet all requirements set forth in ALCOAST 040/14. Active duty members must complete the FTA authorized course(s) on or prior to RELAD, discharge or retirement. If member is going to RELAD and provides documentation showing that he/she will be in the SELRES, then FTA authorized course(s) may begin in active duty status and be completed in SELRES status.

Academic requirements

Students are required to earn a B or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or recoupment will occur.

Students cannot receive a failing grade (F), non-passing grade (N), incomplete grade (I) that last longer than 12 months, a voluntary withdrawal grade (W) or they will end up having to pay it back. Students will also have to pay back any non-reimbursable fees for any courses that were cancelled or from which they were dropped.

Deadline

Students must start their application before the class begins. FTA can be applied for up to 3 months prior to course start date.

How to apply

Students should consult with their Education Services Officer (ESO) to determine if they should apply using WebTA or the Application for Federal Tuition Assistance Form CG-4147. If applying with Form CG-4147, submit form to your unit ESO.

More information

Visit the U.S. Coast Guard for more information and restrictions.


Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) - Marine Corps

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is a federally funded program for all active duty and active reserve Marines to assist with tuition cost.

Amount

FTA will fund up to $250 per semester credit ($4000 per fiscal year) with a maximum of 16 credits per fiscal year. The fiscal year goes from October 1–September 30.

Renewal

Students must reapply every year.

Eligibility

Active Duty and Reserve Officers and must have two years of service obligation remaining (no EAS in the system). Reservists on a set of active duty orders (ADOS, Mobilization) must complete their classes before orders are complete. Members must also have completed two years of active duty.

Academic requirements

Students are required to earn a B or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or recoupment will occur.

Students cannot receive a failing grade (F), non-passing grade (N), incomplete grade (I) that last longer than 12 months, a voluntary withdrawal grade (W) or they will end up having to pay it back. Airmen will also have to pay back any non-reimbursable fees for any courses that were cancelled or from which they were dropped.

Deadline

Students must start their application 30 days in advance of the term start date. FTA requests will not be processed during the last two weeks of the fiscal year.

How to apply

Apply online through WebTA.

For more information visit U.S. Marine Corps or contact your Force Education Office at: mfreducation@usmc.mil

Toll Free 1-866-305-9058 or the below numbers:

Force Education Technicians 504-697-8105/8116  

Force Education Specialist 504-697-9694  

Force Education Officer 504-697-8128


Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is the Navy's educational financial assistance program that provides active duty personnel funding for tuition costs for courses taken in an off-duty status.

Amount

FTA will fund up to $250 per semester credit ($4000 per fiscal year) with a maximum of 16 credits per fiscal year. The fiscal year goes from October 1–September 30.

Renewal

Students must reapply every year.

Eligibility

FTA is available to both Naval Officer and Enlisted active duty personnel and some Naval Reservists on continuous active duty. It is also available to enlisted Naval Reservists ordered to active duty for 120 days or more and to Naval Reservist Officers ordered to active duty for 2 years or more.

Members must

  • be on active duty for the whole length of the course
  • attend an institution accredited by a regional, national or professional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Agree, if an officer, to remain on active duty for at least two years upon completion of courses funded by FTA. This obligation runs concurrently with remaining obligated service timer. Those who fail to serve the obligation must repay the FTA funds expended on their behalf during the last two years of active duty on a pro-rated basis.

Academic requirements

Graduate student are required to earn a B or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 3.0; Undergraduate students are required to earn a C or higher in their courses and mainatin a GPA of 2.0. If this academic standard is not met, recoupment will occur.

Students cannot receive a failing grade (F), non-passing grade (N), incomplete grade (I) that last longer than 12 months, a voluntary withdrawal grade (W) or they will end up having to pay it back. Airmen will also have to pay back any non-reimbursable fees for any courses that were cancelled or from which they were dropped.

Deadline

Students must start their application 30 days in advance of the term start date. FTA applications must be Command Approved prior to being forwarded to the VEC.

How to apply

Apply online through WebTA.

More information

Visit the Navy College Program for more information and restrictions.


Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) - Top Up

Federal Tuition Assistance Top Up is a federal benefit that can pay the difference between the total cost of a college course and the amount of Federal Tuition Assistance.

Amount

Students can receive the difference between the total cost of the college course and the amount of FTA this is paid by the military for the course. The amount of the benefit is limited to the amount that the person would receive for the same course if regular benefits were being paid. In no case can the amount paid by the military combined with the amount paid by VA be more than the total cost of the course.

Note: If a student receives the Top Up Benefit, their GI Bill benefits will be reduced depending on the GI Bill program being used:

Renewal

Students must reapply every year.

Eligibility

Students must be approved for FTA by a military department and be eligible for VA Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB Active Duty) or Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill. Students who are eligible for the MGIB-Selected Reserve program are not eligible for this benefit.

Benefit is limited to 36 months of payments.

Academic requirements

Graduate students are required to earn a B or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 3.0. Undergraduate students are required to earn a C or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 2.0.

Deadline

Top Up can apply retroactively to courses, but students must be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill and can only go back one year from the date your claim was received by the VA.

How to apply

Apply for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA).

Apply for the Montgomery GI Bill via VAForm 22-1990 or Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP). If submitting a paper form, indicate "Top-up" on the VA application in item 1A and send FTA approval forms and VA application to the VA Regional Processing Office. Students who have already applied and were not denied benefits submit the signed TA approval form to the VA Regional Processing Office.

More information

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or call 1-888-GIBILL.


Minnesota GI Bill

The Minnesota GI Bill provides assistance to eligible Minnesota Veterans, non-veterans who served in the military and eligible spouses and children.

Amount

Full-time students may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per semester and part-time students may be eligible to receive up to $500 per semester. The maximum benefit is $3,000 per academic year with a $10,000 lifetime cap.

Individuals participating in a VA approved on the job training (OJT) and Apprenticeship may be eligible to receive up to $2,000 per fiscal year and a $9,000 total aggregate lifetime benefit. Approved employers may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per fiscal year and $2,000 total benefit per employee.

Renewal

Students must reapply every year. Application for the following school year opens on February 1 of the current year.

Eligibility

Must be a Minnesota resident who is one of the following:

  • Veteran who is serving or has served honorably in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces at any time, or;
  • A service member who has fulfilled the requrements for being a Veteran, but is still serving actively in the United States Armed Forces, or;
  • Non-Veteran who has served honorably for a total of five years or more cumulativey as a member of the Minnesota National Guard or any other active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces, and any part of that service occurred on or after September 11, 2001. or;
  • Surviving spouse or children of a person who has served in the military at any time, and who has died or has a total and permanent disability as a direct result of that military service, only if the surviving spouse and child is eligible to receive federal education benefits under Chapter 33 as amended, or Chapter 35 as amended.

Academic requirements

Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Deadline

Students must apply before the end of the semester in order to receive the benefit for that term.

How to apply

Apply online. Students must also submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Bethel's FAFSA code is 002338.

More information

Visit the Minnesota Office of Higher Education or Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs for more information.


Minnesota State Tuition Reimbursement (STR)

The Minnesota State Tuition Reimbursement (STR) is an education benefit for Soldiers and Airmen in the Minnesota National Guard.

Amount

STR will reimburse up to $470.77 per credit ($17,000 per fiscal year). The fiscal year goes from July 1st - June 30th.

Renewal

Students must reapply every year.

Eligibility

Students who are an E1 to O5, including Warrant Officers, and are members of the MN National Guard are eligible for this benefit. Student must remain in the MN National Guard during the entire term of courses.

State Tuition Reimbursement has been extended to service members who have satisfactorily completed their service contract in the Minnesota National Guard who served honorably in federal active service or federally funded state active service since September 11, 2001. Eligibility is extended for a period of two years, plus the amount of time equal to the duration of that person's active service.

State Tuition Reimbursement has been extended to service members who have been separated or discharged from that organization due to a service-connected injury, disease, or disability. Eligibility period is extended for eight years beyond the date of separation.

The lifetime maximum STR benefit is for 144 semester credits and is limited to funding only one degree for each of the following levels:

  • Undergraduate or post-baccalaureate (graduate) certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree
  • Master's degree
  • Professional degree
  • Doctorate degree

Academic requirements

Students are required to earn a C or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 2.0.

Deadline

Students must submit their request no later than 45 days after the start of the course/term. Payment request form, paid fee statement and grade slip must be submitted no later than 90 days after the end of the course/term to the unit full-time representative.

How to apply

Students must apply with their unit full-time staff.

Documents to submit to the unit are:

  • STR Payment Request form (Annex A-2)
  • Grade Report
  • Final fee statement which clearly shows
    • The amount of tuition charged
    • Be dated after course completion
    • Be provided by the institutuion
  • Final fee statement must show amount of other Federal Benefits which pay tuition costs directly to the institution (ie. Ch 33, FTA, ROTC scholarship)

More information

Visit Minnesota National Guard for more information.


VA Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB - SR)

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, incuding the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments.

Amount

You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. View current payment rates.

Renewal

The Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) determines your eligibility. If your eligibility changes, you must submit a new CoE.

Eligibility

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training it is necessary to have a six-year commitment that begins after Sept. 30, 1990.
  • Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT).
  • Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement.
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit. You will also retain MGIB-SR eligibility if you were discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.

How to apply

Apply for your education benefits via VONAPP (Veterans On-Line Application).

A Certificate of Eligibility will be sent via mail four to six weeks after your application submission confirming your eligibility. The entire form must be submitted to the Bethel Financial Aid Office via email, fax or mail.

More information

View Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve for more information.

VA Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Reserve Educational Assistance Program provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.

Amount

View current payment rates.

$600 Buy-Up Program: Some Service members may contribute up to an additional $600 to the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution, you may receive up to $5,400 in additional GI Bill benefits. The additional contribution must be made while on active duty. View increased monthly rates and contact your personnel or payroll office.

Renewal

The Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) determines your eligibility. If your eligibility changes, you must submit a new CoE.

Eligibility

Certain Reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after Sept. 11, 2001, may be eligible for benefits.  

How to apply

Apply for your education benefits via VONAPP (Veterans On-Line Application).

A Certificate of Eligibility will be sent via mail four to six weeks after your application submission confirming your eligibility. The entire form must be submitted to the Bethel Financial Aid Office via email, fax or mail.

More information

View Reserve Educational Assistance Program for more information.

VA Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)

The Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty, sometimes known as Chapter 30, provides education benefits to Veterans and Service members who have at least two years of active duty.

Amount

Eligible Service members may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, any college fund eligibility, and if you contributed to the $600 buy-up program. Students usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be fewer or more years depending on the situation. View current payment rates.

$600 Buy-Up Program: Some Service members may contribute up to an additional $600 to the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution, you may receive up to $5,400 in additional GI Bill benefits. The additional contribution must be made while on active duty. View increased monthly rates and contact your personnel or payroll office.

Renewal

The Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) determines your eligibility. If your eligibility changes, you must submit a new CoE.

Eligibility

You may be an eligible if you have an honorable discharge; AND you have a high school diploma or GED or in some cases 12 hours of college credit; AND you meet the requirements of one of the categories below:

CATEGORY I

  • Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985
  • Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for first 12 months
  • Continuously served for three years or two years, if that is what you first enlisted for or if you entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty and served four years (the 2 by 4 program)

CATEGORY II

  • Entered active duty before January 1, 1977
  • Served at least one day between 10/19/84 and 6/30/85, and stayed on active duty through 6/30/88, (or through 6/30/87 if you entered the Selected Reserve within one year of leaving active duty and served four years)
  • On 12/31/89, you had entitlement left from Vietnam-era GI Bill

CATEGORY III

  • Not eligible for MGIB under Category I or II
  • On active duty on 9/30/90 AND separated involuntarily after 2/2/91
  • OR involuntarily separated on or after 11/30/93
  • OR voluntarily separated under either the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) program
  • Before separation, you had military pay reduced by $1,200

CATEGORY IV

  • On active duty on 10/9/96 AND you had money remaining in a VEAP account on that date AND you elected MGIB by 10/9/97
  • OR you entered full-time National Guard duty under title 32, USC, between 7/1/85, and 11/28/89, AND you elected MGIB during the period 10/9/96 - 7/08/97
  • Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months or made a $1,200 lump-sum contribution

How to apply

Apply for your education benefits via VONAPP (Veterans On-Line Application).

A Certificate of Eligibility will be sent via mail four to six weeks after your application submission confirming your eligibility. The entire form must be submitted to the Bethel Financial Aid Office via email, fax or mail.

More information

Visit Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty for more information.


VA Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR & E)

The VR & E program is authorized by Congress under Title 38 of the United States Code, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. VR & E helps Veterans and Service members with service-connected disabilities and an employment handicap prepare for, find, and maintain suitable careers.

Amount

In some cases, a veteran requires additional education or training to become employable. A subsistence allowance is paid each month during training and is based on the rate of attendance (full-time or part-time), the number of dependents and the type of training. View VR & E Training Programs Subsistence Allowance Rate for more information.

Other services provided by the VR&E Program may include:

  • Comprehensive evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment
  • Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services
  • Employment services such as job-training, job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance
  • Assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives and job accommodations
  • On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships, and non-paid work experiences
  • Supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling, and medical referrals
  • Independent living services for Veterans unable to work due to the severity of their disabilities

Eligibility

Active Duty Service Members must expect to receive an honorable discharge upon separation from active duty and obtain a VA memorandum rating or Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) rating of 20% or more.

Veterans must have received or will receive an honorable or other than dishonorable discharge and have a VA service-connected disability rating of 10% with a serious employment handicap or 20% or more with an employment handicap

Benefit is available for a 12-year basic period. The 12-year period begins on the latter of the following dates:

  • Date of separation from active military duty or
  • Date the veteran was first notified of a service-connected disability rating

How to apply

Applicants for Chapter 31 must meet with a USDVA counselor.

More information

View Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for more information.

VA Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is authorized by Congress under Title 38 of the United States Code, Chapter 33. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to people with at least 90 days of continuous service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days of continuous service after September 10, 2001.

Amount

The Post 9/11 GI Bill program is comprised of multiple payments including a monthly housing allowance, annual books and supplies stipend and a one-time rural benefit payment. Students receiving full benefits (100%) are eligible to receive up to $21084.89 per academic year.

The payment amounts for students who are not eligible for full benefits are prorated based on eligibility percentages.

View the Post 9/11 GI Bill current rates for more information.

Renewal

The Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) determines your eligibility. If your eligibility changes, you must submit a new CoE.

Eligibility

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits generally payable for 15 years following an individual’s release from active duty.

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) also have the opportunity to use benefits for study abroad related fees as long as the program is required for graduation. View Study Abroad Programs or contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

How to apply

Apply for your education benefits via VONAPP (Veterans On-Line Application). If this is a Transfer of Entitlement (TOE), a request must be submitted for approval of the transfer before requesting VA benefits.

A Certificate of Eligibility will be sent via mail four to six weeks after your application submission confirming your eligibility. The entire form must be submitted to the Bethel Financial Aid Office via email, fax or mail.

More information

Visit Post-9/11 GI Bill for more information.


VA Chapter 35 - Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEAP)

The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condidtion or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

Amount

Students may receive up to 45 months of education benefits. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, some DEA beneficiaries may be eligible for up to 81 months of GI Bill benefits if they use the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance program in conjunction with an entitlement from other VA education programs. View current payment rates.

Renewal

The Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) determines your eligibility. If your eligibility changes, you must submit a new CoE.

Eligibility

You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:

  • A Veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the armed forces.
  • A Veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence
  • A Service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force
  • A Service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power
  • A Service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability. This change is effective Dec. 23, 2006

How to apply

Apply for your education benefits via VONAPP (Veterans On-Line Application).

A Certificate of Eligibility will be sent via mail four to six weeks after your application submission confirming your eligibility. The entire form must be submitted to the Bethel Financial Aid Office via email, fax or mail.

More information

View Survivors and Dependents Assistance for more information.


VA National Call to Service

The National Call to Service Incentive program is a benefit provided to those who perform a period of national service. It is a Department of Defense program that is administered by VA.

Amount

Participants can choose from the following incentives:

  • Cash bonus of $5,000
  • Repayment of a qualifying student loan not to exceed $18,000
  • Entitlement to allowance equal to the three-year monthly Montgomery GI Bill Active-Duty rate for 12 months
  • Entitlement to allowance equal to 50 percent of the less than three-year monthly Montgomery GI Bill Active-Duty rate for 36 months
  • Coordination with Montgomery GI Bill Benefits

Eligibility

Participants who elect to receive an educational assistance incentive are not entitled to additional assistance under Chapter 1606 or Chapter 30 benefits unless the participant completes the service requirements necessary to establish eligibility.  An individual who receives benefits under this program who also establishes eligibility under Chapter 1606 or Chapter 30 will have those entitlements reduced accordingly.

There is a three-tiered service requirement to qualify for incentives under the National Call to Service program:

  1. First, after completion of initial entry training, individuals must serve on active duty in a military occupational specialty designated by the Secretary of Defense for a period of 15 months.
  2. After this, and without a break in service, these individuals must serve either an additional period of active duty as determined by the Secretary of Defense, or a period of 24 months in an active status in the Selected Reserve.
  3. After completion of this period of service, and without a break in service, the remaining period of obligated service specified in the agreement will be served as follows:
    • On active duty in the armed forces
    • In the Selected Reserve
    • In the Individual Ready Reserve
    • In AmeriCorps, or another domestic national service program jointly designated by the Secretary of Defense and the head of such a program
  1. Any combination of the service referred to above may also be approved by the Secretary of the military department concerned pursuant to regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense and specified in the agreement.

How to apply

Apply for your education benefits via VONAPP (Veterans On-Line Application).

More information

View the National Call to Service Program for more information.

Who to Contact

The Financial Aid Office and the Department of Veterans Affairs are here to help you through the process:

Financial Aid Office
651.638.6241
finaid@bethel.edu

Mail forms to:

Attn: Financial Aid Office
Bethel University
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Higher Education Veterans Program
Regional Coordinator, Charles Egerstrom 763.433.1113   
charles.egerstrom@anokaramsey.edu

State contact for MN GI Bill:

Megan Fitzgibbon
651.355.0606   
megan.fitzgibbon@state.mn.us

Federal contact:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
888.442.4551
www.gibill.va.gov