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How To Apply For Veteran Educational Benefits

VA Benefits

Chapter 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606, 1607, VRAP

1.Complete an online Application for Admission.

2.Complete your Math and English assessment if necessary. Assessment Center is located on the 2nd Floor of the Student Center. (714) 484-7223.

3.Complete the Application for VA Education benefits. Complete the online application in three simple steps:

4.(A) Start VONAPP; (B) Create Account; (C) Select the appropriate form--Veterans fill out VA Form 22-1990, dependents and survivors fill out VA Form 22-5490.

5.Turn in copy of the DD-214 and the application for VA benefits.

6.Schedule an appointment with the Veteran Certifying Official, Christy Davis at (714) 484-7150. And visit the Veteran Resource Center.

7.Schedule an appointment with Robert Grantham, Cypress College Veterans Academic Counselor at (714) 484-7015.

What am I eligible for?

Prior Active Duty

A. You may be eligible to receive Chapter 30 benefits.

*$600.00 buy-up rates for those who participated.

.B. You may be eligible to receive Chapter 33 benefits.

Compare Chapter 30 and Chapter 33 benefits for eligible veterans.

Vocational Rehabilitation (Ch. 31)

If you have a service related disability rating, you may be eligible for Chapter 31 benefits.

1. Consult your VA Rehabilitation Counselor to ensure that an updated Form 1905 has been provided to the Cypress College Veteran's Resource Center.

2. Schedule an appointment with the Veteran's Affairs Coordinator, Christy Davis at (714) 484-7150. You will be provided all the necessary forms and instructions at the time of your appointment.

3. Schedule an appointment with Robert Grantham, Cypress College Veterans Academic Counselor at (714) 484-7015.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 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. Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational/technical training, on-the-job training, flight training, correspondence training, licensing and national testing programs, entrepreneurship training, and tutorial assistance. All training programs must be approved for GI Bill benefits. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents.

Selected Reserve (Ch. 1606)

You may be eligible for the Selected Reserve Chapter 1606 benefit if you are a current member of a Select Reserve Component.

Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP) (Ch 1607)

REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It 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 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.Reserve Assistance Chapter 1607

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) (Ch. 35)

You may be eligible for Chapter 35 Benefits if you are the son, daughter, or spouse of a veteran.

What is the VRAP Program?

Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:

  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Are unemployed on the date of application
  • Received an other than dishonorable discharge
  • Are not being eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
  • Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
  • Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program


For more information about Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP): Click here.

Important Notes for Chapter 30, Chapter 33 and VRAP recipients

The VA requires you to verify your enrollment every month to receive your benefits. Sign up for the online verification system W.A.V.E.S. or call (877) 823-2378. View the Current Education Benefit Payment Rate

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