The Military Services Center at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College provides Veterans, Reservists, and their dependents assistance in obtaining the educational benefits to which they are entitled.
The office is responsible for submitting enrollment certifications for new and continuing students to the VA as well as answering questions veteran students or dependents may have concerning their educational benefits.
Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill
The New G.I. Bill program is designed to provide up to 36 months of education benefits for eligible veterans. In order to qualify, you must be on active duty or have been for at least two years and have had your military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months of active duty. This benefit can be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, correspondence courses and on-the-job training. Benefits are payable for 10 years following discharge from active duty. **Eligibility for these benefits is determined strictly by the Regional Veterans Affairs Office**
Chapter 1606: G.I. Bill – Selected Reserve (Formerly CHP 106)
The G.I. Bill-SR is available to members of the Selected Reserve who have a six year obligation, completed Initial Active Duty Training, and serve in a drilling Selected Reserve unit. 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 received can be used towards degree and certificate programs, flight training, correspondence courses and on-the-job training. **Eligibility for these benefits is determined strictly by the Regional Veterans Affairs Office**
Chapter 1607: G.I. Bill – Selected Reserve (R.E.A.P.)
Reserve and National Guard Members who were called to active duty on or after September 11, 2001, for emergency/contingency operations are eligible for benefits under Title 10 or Title 32 USC, Section 502(f). Members must also have served at least 90 consecutive days or more.
Members can receive a maximum of 48 months of benefits under any combination of VA educational benefit program they may qualify for. Members must also furnish a DD Form 214. Chapter 1607 members do not have a delimiting date. Members are eligible for benefits as long as they remain active. Members released from active duty because of a disability will receive benefits at a 40% rate and have 10 years from the date of eligibility to use benefits. NOTE: Reservists or National Guard members who serve at least 90 days but less than a year of consecutive active duty receive 40% of Chapter 30 benefits. Reservists/Guard members serving at least one year, but less than 2 years receive 60% and 80% after serving 2 years for full time training. **Eligibility for these benefits is determined strictly by the Regional Veterans Affairs Office**
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (NEW)
You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, and you are still on active duty or were honorably discharged from the active duty; or released from active duty and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list; or released from active duty and transferred to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve; or released from the active duty for further service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces. You may also be eligible if you were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001. **Eligibility for these benefits is determined strictly by the Regional Veterans Affairs Office**
Chapter 35: D.E.A.
The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) provides financial aid for the education of dependent children and spouses of veterans who were permanently and totally disabled, or died while on active duty, due to a service-related condition. Also eligible are dependents of servicepersons missing in action or forcibly detained in the line of duty by a foreign government or hostile force. Under this entitlement, eligible persons may receive up to 45 months of education benefits. **Eligibility for these benefits is determined strictly by the Regional Veterans Affairs Office**
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation
A veteran can be eligible for Chapter 31 benefits if he or she received or aggravated a service-connected disability on or after September 16, 1940, which entitles him or her to DVA disability compensation and who is in need of vocational rehabilitation because his or her disability creates an employment handicap. Benefits may be provided for up to 48 months and are available for 12 years from the date when the veteran is notified of entitlement to DVA. **Eligibility for these benefits is determined by VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor**