Educational Benefits Overview

 Use It or Lose It! Military Education and Veterans Services

The Montgomery G.I. Bill - Chapter 30

Veterans are entitled to 36 months of training under Chapter 30, to be used within ten years of honorable discharge from active duty (delimiting date). Eligibility is based on:

  • Entering the active military after June 30, 1985
  • Serving continuously for three years
  • Contributing $100 per month for the first 12 months of active duty.

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The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill - Chapter 33

  • Eligibility is for 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 Post 9/11 GI Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. For more in-depth information, direct links and requirements, Click Here.

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Disabled Veterans - Chapter 31

  • Any veteran with a disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs of 20% or more is entitled to apply for Vocational Rehabilitation. Vocational rehabilitation provides payment of tuition, fees, books, and required supplies along with a monthly stipend.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs does not pay for non-punitive grades such as auditing of a course (AU), or for the courses which will not fulfill criteria for graduation in the chosen major. If you anticipate being absent from classes, notify your instructors and discuss the situation with them. It may prevent an excessive absence report from being initiated.

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Unemployed Veterans – Vow to Hire Heroes Act

  • Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) offers 12 Months of retraining assistance to Veterans who are:
    • Unemployed
    • Between the ages of 35 and 60
    • Cannot have a dishonorable discharge
    • Ineligible for any other VA education benefit program
    • Not receiving VA compensation for unemployability (IU)
    • Not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
    • Enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered at a Community College or Technical School

Limited enrollment in this benefit – if you meet above qualifications – contact us today (vets@bcc.edu)
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Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) - Chapter 1607

Eligibility is for members of the Reservist components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation). Reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 are either eligible for education benefits or possibly increased benefits ($600 Buy-up-Program).

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Benefits for Members of the Selected Reserve - Chapter 1606

Effective July 1, 1985, members of the selected reserve of the U.S. Armed Forces may be eligible for 36 months of training under Chapter 1606 educational assistance, to be used within ten years of the date of eligibility on the NOBE. The Unit Commander will provide a "Notice of Basic Eligibility" (NOBE). Veterans must bring in this NOBE and fill out an application for GI Bill benefits. These will be submitted to the DVA with a certification of enrollment at BCC.

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Dependents of Military Personnel and Veterans - Chapter 35

Children and spouses of veterans who died or are permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability are eligible for benefits under Chapter 35 of the Montgomery GI Bill. Children must be between 18 and 26 years of age. Spouses must use the benefit within ten years of becoming eligible.

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State of New Jersey Educational Benefits Veterans Tuition Credit Program

New Jersey offers a stipend to certain veterans who:

  • are or were eligible for GI Bill benefits
  • who served on active duty between December 31, 1960 and May 7, 1975
  • were legal residents of New Jersey at the time of induction, the time of discharge, or for one year prior to application for this benefit.

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National Guard Tuition-Free Program

Available to members of the New Jersey National Guard, this program requires students to produce a Commander's Certificate each semester, and to file for all available State and Federal Financial Aid for each academic year. 

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Selective Reserve Montgomery G.I. Bill- Chapter 1606

Effective July 1, 1985, members of the selected reserve of the U.S. Armed Forces may be eligible for Chapter 1606 educational assistance. The Unit Commander will provide a "Notice of Basic Eligibility.” Veterans must bring this NOBE in and fill out an application for GI benefits. These will be submitted to the DVA with a certification of enrollment at BCC. Veterans are entitled to 36 months of training under Chapter 1606 and it must be used within ten years of the date of eligibility on the NOBE.

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Dependents of Military Personnel and Veterans - Chapter 35

Children and spouses of veterans who died or are permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service connected disability are eligible for benefits under Chapter 35 of the Montgomery GI Bill. Children must be between 18 and 26 years of age. Spouses must use the benefit within twenty years of becoming eligible.

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Spouses of Active Duty Junior Officers, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted

Spouses of junior officers, warrant officers and enlisted qualify for money for career skills completed within two years.  Visit www.militaryonesource.mil for more information or contact us at vets@bcc.edu

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