VA Benefits

Veteran Education Benefits

The College of Idaho is honored to serve those who have served. Recently The College of Idaho was named a “Military Friendly School.”

We look forward to working with you as a veteran of the armed services. The College of Idaho is a great place if you wish to continue military involvement, leadership training, and want to receive a liberal arts education to prepare you for further success in life.

For students who have served, or are currently serving, in the United States Armed Services, or who are children or spouses of veterans, VA Educational Benefits may be available. If you are eligible to receive educational benefits from the VA we can provide the necessary enrollment verification, and assist you in completing the appropriate forms.

Additionally, the VA maintains a website, which includes information on all education benefits and how to apply for educational benefits.  If you have questions the website cannot answer, you can call the VA Office at 1-888-442-4551.

VETERAN’S YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM

The College of Idaho is proud to be a partner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and offer the Yellow Ribbon Program to qualified veterans or their dependents. The Yellow Ribbon GI Educational Enhancement Program is a component of the Post-9/11 Act of 2008. The partnership between the C of I and the VA offers qualified veterans or their dependents additional assistance to attend The College of Idaho. The C of I offers Yellow Ribbon scholarships to all students who are eligible.

 For additional information regarding the Yellow Ribbon Program please visit the Veterans Affairs website.

“The College of Idaho has always welcomed military students and how much they contribute to our campus community,” said Lorna J. Hunter, vice president for enrollment management. “The liberal arts education we offer emphasizes problem solving, critical thinking and strong communication skills – that’s a great fit for military students.” 

How to get started

Veterans and veterans’ dependents apply for admission the same way that other students do and if they want to consider using veteran benefits, they follow the steps below. Contacts for more information for veterans and other members of the military are below.

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Applying for Benefits:

  1. Apply initially for educational benefits by completing the online application and selecting Education Benefits Form 22-1990. Please follow all necessary instructions for the application in order to avoid any delay of the processing and payments.

  2. It is highly recommended that you apply online, but you can download the fillable VA Form 22-1990.

  3. You will need to submit a copy of your discharge papers (DD-214, member 4 copy) to the Registrar’s Office in Hendren Hall. Veterans can obtain their DD214, member 4 copy at the National Archives website.

  4. You will need to turn in a copy of the completed 22-1990 in to the Registrar’s Office in Hendren Hall.

  5. The VA Specialist will offer assistance with the GI Bill application process if needed. 

Dependents of Veterans

  1. Those eligible to receive the Dependents' Educational Assistance may apply initially for their educational benefits by completing the online application and selecting Dependents Educational Assistance Form 22-5490. Please follow all necessary instructions for the application in order to avoid any delay of the processing.

  2. It is highly recommended that you apply online, but you can download the fillable VA Form 22-5490.

  3. You will need to submit a copy of the completed 22-5490 to the Registrar’s Office in Hendren Hall.

  4. The VA Specialist will offer assistance with the Dependents Education Assistance application process if needed.

Transferring to C of I

Veterans

  • Apply for a change of program of place by completing the online application and selecting Education Benefits Form 22-1995. Please follow all necessary instructions for the application in order to avoid any delay of the processing and payments.
  • It is highly recommended that you apply online, but you can download the fillable VA Form 22-1995.
  • You will need to turn a copy of your discharge papers (DD-214) in at any One Stop Student Services location. Veterans can obtain their DD214 at the National Archives website.
  • You will need to turn in a copy of the completed 22-1995 in at any One Stop Student Services location.
  • The VA Specialist will offer assistance with the GI Bill application process if needed.

Dependents of Veterans

  • Those eligible to receive the Dependents' Educational Assistance may apply for a change of program or place by completing the online application and selecting Dependents Educational Assistance Form 22-5495. Please follow all necessary instructions for the application in order to avoid any delay of the processing.
  • It is highly recommended that you apply online, but you can download the fillable VA Form 22-5495.
  • You will need to turn in a copy of the completed 22-5495 in at any One Stop Student Services location.
  • The VA Specialist will offer assistance with the Dependents Education Assistance application process if needed. 

Monthly Benefit Rates for Chapter 30, 31, 35, 1606, 1607

Benefit payments are made directly to the students. The VA pays for attendance from the beginning date to the end date of the course and is combined with other courses if the attendance period is the same. The rate of pay depends on the number of units you are enrolled in. 

In a standard 16-week semester, enrollment time is established as follows:

  • 12 units is Full-time
  • 9-11 units is ¾-time
  • 6-8 units is ½-time
  • 4-5 units is less than ½-time
  • 1-3 units is ¼-time

In the 8-week summer semester, enrollment time is established as follows: 

  • 6 units is Full-time
  • 4-5 units is ¾-time
  • 3 units is ½-time
  • 2 units is less than ½-time
  • 1 unit is ¼-time

Current payment rates are available on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website

Chapter 30 Information

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD) Chapter 30 program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30 and pays the veteran directly in the form of a monthly stipend.

Chapter 31 Information

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) Chapter 31. The mission of Chapter 31 is to help 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, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. This program pays the school directly for tuition, fees, and in some cases for books, and pays the veteran a monthly living stipend. 

Chapter 33 Information (Post 9/11)

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. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The veteran's percentage of eligibility is based on the number of days of active duty time after September 11, 2001. Approved training at the College of Western Idaho includes undergraduate degrees, vocational, and technical training. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are also approved. The VA will pay your tuition based upon the highest in-state tuition charged by an educational institution in the state where the educational institution is located. Additionally you may be eligible to receive a living stipend and book allowance. Generally, benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

Chapter 35 Information

Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) Chapter 35 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. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. With this program the student is paid directly in the form of a monthly stipend.

Chapter 1606 Information

Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) Chapter 1606 may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. This includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserves, and the Army and Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. With this program the service member is paid directly in the form of a monthly stipend.

Chapter 1607 Information

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Chapter 1607 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 are eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. This program pays the service member directly in the form of a monthly stipend. 

Ordering Military Transcripts 

Ordering Military Service Records - DD214

To order a replacement DD214, visit the National Archives.