Types of VA Benefits
‘‘GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.”
Lourdes is a veteran-friendly campus, offering support services to assist veterans and service members with their transition from soldier to civilian to student.
Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty
The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. 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.
Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve/Ohio National Guard
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 and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation
For veterans with a service-connected disability.
Chapter 35 Dependent/Spouse Educational Assistance
Dependents’ Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
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 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.
At private schools, such as Lourdes University, the Post-9/11 GI Bill pays the actual net cost for tuition and fees after the application of any waiver, scholarship, aid, or assistance [other than loans and funds under section 401 (b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965], provided directly to the institution and specifically designated for the sole purpose of defraying tuition and fees, or $18,077.50 for the academic year beginning on August 1. The $18,077.50 cap is subject to proration based upon benefit level.
Yellow Ribbon Program
If your tuition and fees exceed the $18,077.50 per year cap, additional funds may be available for your education program without an additional charge to your entitlement. Lourdes participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program with the VA and will pay up to $500 towards tuition and fees during the academic year. The VA will match that amount and issue payment directly to Lourdes. Therefore, with the Yellow Ribbon Agreement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a student can receive up to $19,077.50 per academic year. Per VA regulations, only students entitled at the 100% benefit level may receive Yellow Ribbon Program funding.
Scholarships for Military Students
Lourdes offers scholarships for Military and veteran students. Visit our Military Scholarships page for the application and procedures.
For More Information
Robert Garza III, M.B.A.
VA Certifying Official
Veteran & Military Council Member
Instructor of Business & Leadership