VA benefits may be used at Louisiana Delta Community College for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
To apply for VA benefits online and for complete information go to the G.I. Bill website www.gibill.va.gov. By submitting an application online, you will be creating an eBenefits account which will allow you to submit VA educational forms electronically which may speed up processing.
You may utilize the following benefits at Delta:
- Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty
For active duty, prior active duty, and regular reserves (two years active duty, three years active duty, or two years active duty plus four years reserves).
You must have a signed contract and have contributed into the Montgomery GI Bill upon entry into the specified branch of service or its reserve component (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard).
The MGIB provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Benefits are usually payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. Recipients receive a monthly payment based on the
number of hours of enrollment each semester. Basic monthly rates increase every October. To view current rates for MGIB go here: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.asp#Ch30.
For more information see the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Pamphlet: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_ad.asp.
- Chapter 31: VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
Veterans with a service-connected disability must be found both eligible and entitled by the VR&E to receive this service. The VR&E VetSuccess program assists Veterans prepare for,
find, and keep suitable jobs by offering counseling and benefits used towards post-secondary training at a college, vocational, or technical school. You will be notified by the Department of
Veteran Affairs if you meet their qualifications. For further information, go to www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp.
- Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
This education bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or those discharged with a
service-connected disability after 30 days. You have generally 15 years following your release from active duty and must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of educational benefits to be paid monthly while enrolled in school. Some service members may be able to transfer their benefits to their dependents.
See www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp for more information.
This benefit will pay all or a portion of your tuition and fees up front. Based on your percentage of eligibility, your in-state tuition and fees will be paid by the Department of VA,
paid directly to the school. To determine your percentage of benefit payable and for more information on the annual book stipend,
go here: www.gibill.va.gov/documents/pamphlets/ch33_pamphlet.pdf.
Your Monthly Housing Allowance (monthly benefit) is determined by your duty zip code and pay grade. For details on how much MHA you will receive,
go to www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm.
- Chapter 35: Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
This educational benefit is for dependents of deceased or permanently and totally disabled veterans resulting from military service. The program offers up to 45 months of educational benefits used towards degree
programs, and on-the-job training. Go to www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp for eligibility rules.
For current rates go to www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.asp#ch35.
In addition, dependents of Louisiana residents may be eligible for Louisiana’s Title 29 Dependents’ Educational Assistance. This state benefit provides tuition assistance at any
state-supported college or university for surviving spouses of certain deceased or disabled war veterans and children of veterans with at least 90% service-connected disability.
See your local VA office representative to apply for this assistance.
- Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill – Selective Reserve
Available for members of the Selected Reserve; Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
Initial active duty for training must be complete and you must be an active reservist with a six year obligation. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of educational benefits and
your eligibility for the program normally ends on the day you leave the Selective Reserve.
See www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp for additional information.
Go to www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.asp#ch1606 for current rates.
- Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
Selective Reserve members may be eligible for Ch. 1607 after serving 90 consecutive days on active duty for a contingency operation declared by the President or Congress.
This benefit pays a percentage of the Chapter 30 three-year+ rate based on the number of continuous service days on active duty. To see the specific rates,
go to www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.asp#ch160.
LA National Guard Tuition Exemption
Members are exempt from tuition at any state-funded college or university for 5 years or a bachelor’s degree; whichever comes first.
For more information visit geauxguard.com/ or call 1-800-GOGUARD.
Transferring veterans must meet with the VA Certifying Official and complete a transfer request; VA form 22-1995 for Ch. 30 and 1606/1607 or form 22-5495 for Chapter 35.
These forms are also available on the GI Bill website at www.gibill.va.gov/resources/student_handouts/index.html.
Chapter 31 students will make the change with their VA counselor prior to enrollment.
Cross-enrolled veterans must have a Parent Letter sent to the VA Certifying Official from their parent institution in order to receive benefits from Delta.
Those who are receiving the G.I. Bill benefit under Chapters 30, 1606, and 1067 must continuously verify their enrollment status with the VA. On the last day of each month,
students must call 1-877-823-2378 and report their attendance and the number of hours enrolled, or go to www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do to do so online.
This must be done before the VA will issue or deposit any checks.
Each veteran should meet with the VA Certifying Official at the time of application to the College to submit the necessary documentation for certification and to review any additional information that
may be pertinent to the students’ continued receipt of benefits. Use the printable from below:
Enrollment Verification Form
The Department of Veterans Affairs has made funds available for Veteran students using Chapters 30, 35, and 1606 who are still awaiting their education benefit claim to be processed.
Eligible veterans can receive up to a $3000 advance, which will be recouped from future benefit payments. If you are a student who applied for one of VA’s education programs and have
not yet received your monthly benefit payment for the Fall term, you can request a one-time advance payment at your local VA Regional Office or through VA’s website, www.va.gov.