Financial Assistance

Montgomery G.I. Bill: Chapter 30

Eligibility

Chapter 30 is an educational program for individuals initially entering active duty on or after July 01, 1985 and for certain individuals on active duty before July 01, 1985. Certain other veterans may be eligible under other categories if they were voluntarily or involuntarily separated from the service as a result of a reduction in personnel.

Step One: Applying for Benefits

Normally, veterans who have not used their Chapter 30 benefits in the past will need to apply to use them. Montgomery G.I. Bill Veterans apply by completing an Application for VA Education Benefits (VA form 22-1990). The Verifying Document for the application is the veteran's Certificate of Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214) which shows the periods and nature of service. A copy of your DD-214 should be included with your application.

Montgomery G.I. Bill Veterans, who have used their benefits at previous schools or who are changing their program of Study at this school will need to request that their benefits be transferred their new program at this school. They can do this by completing a Request for Change in Program and/or Place of training (VA Form 22-1995).

These VA forms are available in the Veterans Services Office or the counseling office on the Fallon Campus. If it is not convenient for you to visit our office or if you will be attending any of WNC's other campuses/centers, you can download these forms directly from the VA at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp

Step Two: School Certification of Attendance

To use your VA Educational Benefits you must be enrolled in a school authorized to participate in the VA Education Programs in a program approved by the VA. Western Nevada College is authorized by the VA to certify veterans in almost all of our educational programs. The Veterans Services Office can advise you of any exceptions to the programs approved by the VA.

When the Veterans Services Office certifies a veteran, they are certifying that the veteran is enrolled in an approved program and taking classes which fulfill requirements within their program. Each Student receiving VA educational benefits is required to complete and sign a Veterans Data Form for each term that they are requesting benefits for. This form has the key information necessary to complete the school certification of attendance, and by signing it, the veteran gives WNC permission to release this information to the Veterans Administration or their appointed agent. The Veterans Data Form is available in the Veterans Services Office, the Fallon Counseling Office or you can download from the WNC website: WNC Veterans Forms.

Step Three: Verification of Enrollment

At the end of each month of training, the VA requires that each Chapter 30 Veteran verify their enrollment status before releasing their monthly benefit check.

To speed this process, the VA has developed a toll free number for you to verify your attendance each month. You can call each month and follow the prompts to report your attendance. The toll free number is: 1-877-823-2378.



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