VA & Military Benefits
The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 33. If you are eligible for 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill you may also be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program to fully cover your cost of attendance at Concordia University Irvine.
The Yellow Ribbon Program
Concordia University Irvine is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program and we have an unlimited number of scholarships at an unlimited dollar amount for those who qualify.
The Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) supplements the difference between tuition and fees and the amount given by the Post 9/11 GI Bill for the yearly private school cap ($22,805.34 for the 2017-2018 VA fiscal year). Any tuition/mandatory fees after the G.I. Bill cap is split evenly between the VA and CUI. Concordia University Irvine is committed to honoring all students who receive 100% benefit level of the Chapter 33-Post 9/11 GI Bill so qualifying students will not need to pay for any mandatory tuition and fees while certified.
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- Eligible for the maximum benefit (100%) rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Fully-discharged from the military: not on active duty, not a spouse transferee of an active duty member
- Fully admitted and enrolled in a curriculum program of study
- In good academic standing
Chapter 30 Pamphlet
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program (Chapter 31)
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) is for Veterans with service-connected disabilities. VR&E offers comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation and counseling to determine abilities, skills and interests for education and employment. Post-secondary education training at a college, vocational, technical or business school is available. Interested applicants need to meet with a VA counselor to apply for Chapter 31 benefits or apply online. Once the VA has determined eligibility, they will send authorization (VA Form 22-1905) to the Veteran Resource Center to certify enrollment.
Survivors' And Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA/Chapter 35)
Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. It may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Chapter 35 Pamphlet
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits to the children and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001. Eligible beneficiaries attending school may receive up to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level. Benefits include:
- Up to $22,805.34 per academic year toward mandatory tuition and fees (2017-2018).
- A monthly housing allowance.
- A books & supplies stipend.
NOTE: Fry Scholarship beneficiaries are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits per VA regulation.
Fry Scholarship Pamphlet
Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR/Chapter 1606)
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes 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. You may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and vocational flight training programs. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. VA makes the payments for this program. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Your eligibility for the program normally ends on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.
Chapter 1606 Pamphlet
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607)
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
Chapter 1607 Pamphlet
Department of Defense Tuition Assistance
The Tuition Assistance program provides educational assistance to active duty military members. Each branch has specific tuition assistance limits and application procedures.
How to receive Tuition Assistance
Apply for tuition assistance:
California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program
The CNG EAAP program awards students serving in the California National Guard additional assistance. A participant’s award amount bridges the cost of attendance with any federal educational benefits to minimize the cost for the student. The award can amount up to the maximum allowed by the State’s Annual Budget Act.
CNG EAAP Information
CUI Veterans Tuition Discount
Concordia University Irvine offers a 10% tuition discount within the Online Bachelor’s Degree, Graduate (includes certificates), and Nursing Programs for qualifying Veterans and Spouses if they are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. To qualify you must submit a marriage license and/or DD-214.