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    Veterans

    Edison State Community College recognizes the tremendous contribution that veterans and reservists make as citizens and students, and we are proud of the level of diversity, experience and academic excellence that you bring to our campus.

    The Edison State Office of Veterans Services gives you and your family a single point of contact. We provide academic, referral, and personal support services to help ease access to higher education, foster success, and build community. We also network with area veterans organizations to provide support services to veterans on campus.

    We offer a number of support services and amenities for veterans and their families including:

    Veterans Lounge  Located in the West Hall of the Piqua campus, the Veterans Lounge serves as a quiet study place for veterans

    Financial Aid Assistance  Assistance with applying for and utilizing your benefits and other financial aid.

    Academic Advising  Educational planning and advising. Special emphasis on credit for skills gained in military services.

    Tutoring | Learning Center  Referrals to the Learning Center at Edison State, and arrange for tutors as necessary. 

    Counseling and Referrals  Short-term counseling and appropriate campus and community referrals.

    Career Development  Assistance with choosing a career, writing a resume, and securing employment.

    Health Services  Assistance with obtaining immunization records or temporary waivers. Service for injuries and medical issues while on campus. 

    Disability Support Services  Coordination of documentation of disabilities for appropriate accommodations. 


    Veterans Benefits

    Post-9/11 GI Bill Pamphlet

    Edison State Community College, through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, certifies benefits for a variety of education benefit programs for eligible veterans while in attendance at the college. The links below will redirect you to the GI Bill website for specific information on available programs, as well as tools to help you determine your eligibility and apply for your benefits. You may be eligible for several types of VA education and training benefits. We recommend that you visit the following links to get started! The VA Education Benefit Programs Comparison Tool, GI Bill® Comparison Tool/Benefit Estimator, and the Education and Training Rate Tables.  

    Please review the information below detailing the various benefit programs that you may be eligible to participate in.

  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill is available to you if you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. View and/or download the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program pamphlet.

    If you have eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and any other GI Bill program you must make an irrevocable election of the Post-9/11 GI Bill before you can receive any benefits.


    Benefits and Eligibility

    For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. Institutions of higher learning participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program may make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. The following payments may also be available:

    • Monthly housing allowance
    • Annual books and supplies stipend
    • One-time rural benefit payment


    To see the current payment rates for the Post-9/11 GI Bill click here.
    Some Service members may also transfer unused GI Bill benefits to their dependents.


    Other Factors to Consider

    • Full tuition and fees are paid directly to the school for all public school in-state students.
    • For those attending private or foreign schools, tuition and fees are capped at the national maximum rate. Learn more here.
    • If you're attending a private or a public institution of higher learning (either private or public) as a nonresident, out-of-state student you may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program and entitled to additional education-related costs not covered by VA. Not everyone is eligible for this assistance.

    The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. There are two main programs:

    Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)  For active duty members who enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation.

    Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)  For Reservists with a six-year obligation in the Selected Reserve who are actively drilling. 

    The Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. The government matches your contributions on a 2-for-1 basis.


    Types of Training

    Assistance may be used for college degree and certificate programs, technical or vocational courses, flight training,on-the-job training or apprenticeshipshigh-tech traininglicensing and certification testsentrepreneurship training, certain entrance examinations, and correspondence courses. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available. View and/or download the VEAP Program pamphlet.


    Available Benefits and Eligibility

    Benefit entitlement is for one to 36 months depending on the number of monthly contributions. You have 10 years from your release from active duty to use VEAP benefits. If the entitlement is not used after the 10-year period, your portion remaining in the fund will be automatically refunded.


    Eligibility

    You must meet the following requirements to qualify:

    • Entered service for the first time between Jan. 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985
    • Opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987
    • Voluntarily contributed from $25 to $2,700
    • Completed your first period of service and were discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.
    • If you are currently on active duty and wish to receive VEAP benefits, you must have at least three months of contributions available

    The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.


    Type of Assistance

    Reservists are eligible for education benefits or increased benefits to pursue college degrees and other training. View and/or download the REAP Program pamphlet.


    Available Benefits and Eligibility

    Certain Reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after Sept. 11, 2001, may be eligible for benefits. View current payment rates.

    There are two primary GI Bill programs offering education assistance to survivors and dependents of Veterans:

    The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) is currently available for children of those who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Beginning January 1, 2015, Fry Scholarship will also be available for surviving spouses of those who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.

    The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) Program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

    For information on the transferability option of the Post-9/11 GI Bill click here.

    The Educational Assistance Test Program (Section 901) was created by the Department of Defense Authorization Act of 1981. Unlike other GI Bills, the eligibility window for this one was very narrow. Enlistees had to enter active duty after September 30, 1980, but before October 1, 1981. For those enlisting under the Delayed Entry Program, their entry date was extended to October 1, 1982.

    The Educational Assistance Test Program (Section 901) was unique from all other GI Bill programs in that individuals had to be selected by the service branch to participate, so consequently not everyone entering active duty during the eligibility period qualified for benefits. The Air Force restricted eligibility to those enlisting only in certain specialties and from certain recruiting locations. Section 901 participation did not require any monetary contribution from service members, unlike the $1,200 contribution required by the Montgomery GI Bill that came along in 1984.


    Eligibility

    For selected individuals, eligibility could be acquired in two ways, either through an initial enlistment or reenlistment. To maintain eligibility, however, individuals had to fulfill their contracted enlistment period, serve at least 24 continuous months on active duty, or if less than 24 months, draw compensation for a service-connected disability.

    First-term enlistees could still qualify for the Educational Assistance Test Program (Section 901) if their discharge met one of the following requirements:

    • It was for convenience of the government
    • Due to hardship
    • A result of a disability incurred or aggravated during service


    Another unique feature of Section 901 was that eligibility could be maintained even if the service member's discharge was characterized as "general". Normally, only an honorable discharge maintains GI Bill eligibility.

    The National Call to Service Incentive Program is a benefit provided to those who perform a period of national service. It is a Department of Defense program that is administered by the VA.


    Type of Assistance

    Participants who elect to receive an educational assistance incentive are not entitled to additional assistance under Chapter 1606 or Chapter 30 benefits unless the participant completes the service requirements necessary to establish eligibility. An individual who receives benefits under this program who also establishes eligibility under Chapter 1606 or Chapter 30 will have those entitlements reduced accordingly. View and/or download the National Call to Service Program pamphlet.


    Available Benefit and Eligibility

    Participants can choose from the following incentives:

    • Cash bonus of $5,000
    • Repayment of a qualifying student loan not to exceed $18,000
    • Entitlement to allowance equal to the three-year monthly Montgomery GI Bill Active-Duty rate for 12 months
    • Entitlement to allowance equal to 50 percent of the less than three-year monthly Montgomery GI Bill Active-Duty rate for 36 months
    • Coordination with Montgomery GI Bill Benefits


    Eligibility

    There is a three-tiered service requirement to qualify for incentives under the National Call to Service program:

    1. First, after completion of initial entry training, individuals must serve on active duty in a military occupational specialty designated by the Secretary of Defense for a period of 15 months.
    2. After this, and without a break in service, these individuals must serve either an additional period of active duty as determined by the Secretary of Defense, or a period of 24 months in an active status in the Selected Reserve.
    3. After completion of this period of service, and without a break in service, the remaining period of obligated service specified in the agreement will be served as follows:
    • On active duty in the armed forces
    • In the Selected Reserve
    • In the Individual Ready Reserve
    • In AmeriCorps, or another domestic national service program jointly designated by the Secretary of Defense and the head of such a program
    • Any combination of the service referred to above may also be approved by the Secretary of the military department concerned pursuant to regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense and specified in the agreement.

    The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Education and Career Counseling program is a great opportunity for Servicemembers and Veterans to get personalized counseling and support to help guide their career paths, ensure most effective use of their VA benefits, and achieve their goals.


    Eligibility

    • Transitioning Servicemembers within six months prior to discharge from active duty
    • Veterans within one year following discharge from active duty
    • Any Servicemember/Veteran currently eligible for a VA education benefit
    • All current VA education beneficiaries

    Services Include Assisting the Servicemember/Veteran with:

    • Career Choice   Understand the best career options for you based on your interests and capabilities
    • Benefits Coaching  Guidance on the effective use of your VA benefits and/or other resources to achieve your education and career goals
    • Personalized Support  Academic or adjustment counseling and personalized support to help you remove any barriers to your success

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