Edison State Community College is dedicated to supporting military veterans and their families academically, while fostering a sense of community and communication with other veterans, as well as with Edison State administration, faculty and staff. Thank you for your service!
Coordinator | Student Success | Success Advisor
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Assistance may be used for college degree and certificate programs, technical or vocational courses, flight training,on-the-job training or apprenticeships, high-tech training, licensing and certification tests, entrepreneurship 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.
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.
You must meet the following requirements to qualify:
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.
Reservists are eligible for education benefits or increased benefits to pursue college degrees and other training. View and/or download the REAP Program pamphlet.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Participants can choose from the following incentives:
There is a three-tiered service requirement to qualify for incentives under the National Call to Service 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.
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