Military Benefits Overview

For additional information on the programs summarized below, please visit the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website:

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) administers the benefit programs listed below. If you would like to find out how to use these benefits at American College of Education (ACE), please call our enrollment counselors, at 1-800-280-0307 option 2.

If you need additional assistance, please call VA's toll-free numbers, 1-888-827-1000 (for general information about education benefits) or 1-888-442-4551 (for GI Bill® specific information), to speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor. These counselors are there to help you with questions about your education benefits.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty Educational Assistance—Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. Benefits are paid monthly via direct deposit.

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill®—Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

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, Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Benefits are paid monthly via direct deposit. 

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

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 individuals who were activated after September 11, 2001, are either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. Benefits are paid monthly via direct deposit. 

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill® 

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, of individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. 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.

Chapter 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. Benefits are paid monthly via check. 

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, this program offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. 

My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) 

MyCAA is available to spouses of active duty service members and activated members of the National Guard and Reserve Components. MyCAA helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or Associate's Degrees (excluding Associate's Degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies that do not have a concentration) necessary for gainful employment in high demand, high growth Portable Career Fields and Occupations. It is paid directly to the school up to a maximum dollar amount of $4,000 for a total of 2 years.