What Education Benefits Are Offered to Veterans?
Veterans have many opportunities to receive Education Benefits offered under the G.I. Bill of Rights. Veterans can earn a college degree or participate in an entrepreneurial program with the Education Benefits provided. In addition, veterans can participate in work-study programs.
Education Benefits are provided to veterans under a variety of educational programs. Veterans can attend a 4-year university, community college or obtain an advanced degree under the G.I. Bill, according to the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, www.gibill.va.gov.
The Veterans Benefits Administration, the section of the VA that oversees Educational Benefits for veterans, has complicated guidelines for a veteran seeking higher education benefits. Many of these guidelines are regulated by state governments. The G.I. Bill will allow a veteran to attend more than one college at a time, but classes must count towards the degree, with the degree-granting institution determining whether the classes at a second school are part of degree requirements. The G.I. Bill will also pay for more than one college degree.
Training at non-degree-granting institutions such as vocational schools is covered by the G.I. Bill. Education such as HVAC certification, EMT certification, truck driver training and barber or beautician training are covered by a monthly entitlement that is based on the number of clock hours attended by the student each week of the month.
Funding is available for entrepreneurship training for veterans interested in starting their own businesses. Funding is only available for programs offered by the Small Business Development Center or the Veterans Corporation. Veterans are also able to take classes that can help them further any small business operations that they already own.
Students receiving VA benefits who are attending school three-quarter time or more can participate in work study programs. A veteran can work at a Veterans Affairs field office or medical facility, and be paid the minimum wage.