Below is a list of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits available at OCtech. Prior to enrolling, please contact your Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your military service. For more information, please visit the VA website at https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ or call Education Benefits at 1-888-442-4551.
Veteran’s may also be eligible for other federal aid. For more information and to apply, click here.
Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill
This program provides education benefits for individuals entering military service after June 30, 1985. (Reservists and National Guard members should refer to chapter 1606 below.) Previous recipients of “old” GI Bill benefits (Chapter 34) who expect to continue to receive veterans education benefits should report them as Chapter 30.
Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation
This program is for individuals who have a compensable service-connected disability, and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs determines that training and rehabilitation services are needed to overcome an employment handicap. Students reporting this benefit must report the monthly subsistence allowance.
Chapter 32 – Post Vietnam (REAP)
This is a voluntary contributory matching program for individuals entering service after December 31, 1976.
Chapter 35 – Veteran Dependents
This program is for dependents (spouse or children) of individuals who die or are permanently disabled from service-connected causes.
Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill- Selected Reserve (Old Chapter 106)
This program is available to members of the Selected Reserve, including the National Guard.
Chapter 1607 – Educational Assistance Test Program
This program is limited to individuals (sometimes dependents) who enlisted or reenlisted in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps after September 30, 1980, and before October 1, 1981.
SC Free Tuition for Certain Veteran’s Children
A child of a wartime veteran, upon application to and approval by the South Carolina Division of Veteran’s Affairs, may be admitted to any state-supported college, university or post high school technical education institution free of tuition, providing their work and conduct are satisfactory to the governing body of the institution.
Post 9/11 GI Bill
This program 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.