Following check-in held in the beginning of each semester, degree-seeking students are eligible for benefits through the Veterans Administration and can be certified by the VA certifying official.
Chapter 30- Montgomery GI Bill, Active Duty (MGIB):
The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30. This benefit is for those veterans who served on active duty after June 30, 1985, those who had remaining entitlement under the Vietnam Era GI Bill, and those who switched from VEAP before voluntarily separated after February 2, 1991.
Chapter 33 - Yellow Ribbon Program: PBA is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program (a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008). The program is designed to help students finance out-of-pocket tuition and fees associated with education programs that may exceed the Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit. Eligible undergraduate students may receive a match of up to $3650 per year. For more information review the PBA Yellow Ribbon Policy.
Montgomery GI Bill, Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR): The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard Reserves and the Army & Air National Guards. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Chapter 35- Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA): DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Chapter 1606- Reservist Benefit: This benefit is for those currently serving in the Selected Reserves.
Chapter 1607-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 (contingency operations) as declared by the President or Congress.
How do I apply for the GI BILL?
Students must apply using the standard GI BILL forms. Forms can be downloaded via the web. Students can also apply online using VONAPP or Veterans Online Application. Submit your application online.
What form do I use?
If this is your first time applying for GI BILL benefits, complete form 22-1990; for others (dependent/spouse), complete form 22-5490.
What other forms do I provide?
For all active duty students, you must attach a copy of your form “DD-214”. For non-active duty (reservists/guards) you must attach a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility “NOBE”. For all others (dependent’s proof of birth certificate or marriage certificate for spouse).
How do I check the status of my submitted application?
Call 1-888-442-4551 or 1-888-GIBILL-1.