Veterans Educational Benefits

Benefit payments are made directly to the students.  The VA pays for attendance from the beginning date to the end date of the course and is combined with other courses if the attendance period is the same.  The rate of pay depends on the number of units in which you are enrolled.

In a standard 16-week semester, undergraduate enrollment time is established as follows:

  • 12 units is full-time
  • 9-11 units is ¾-time
  • 6-8 units is ½-time
  • 4-5 units is less than ½-time
  • 1-3 units is ¼-time

Graduate enrollment are established as follows:

  • 8 Units or more is full-time
  • 6-7 Units is ¾-time
  • 4-5 Units is less than ½-time

*NOTE: Graduate courses are numbered 200-500.

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The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty for at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001 or were discharged with a service-related disability after 30 continuous days. Under the new chapter, effective August 1, 2009, eligible participants (veterans, service members and dependents) pursuing a VA approved training program may receive the following benefits at a percentage based on the length of active duty service:

  1. Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid directly to the school).
  2. Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the primary school (paid directly to the service member or veteran).
  3. Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year (paid directly to the service member or veteran).

Specific questions about eligibility for VA benefits should be addressed to the VA. For additional information, see

Note: If an individual's tuition and fees exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition or fees, additional funding may be available for eligible students through a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® called the Yellow Ribbon Program.

  • Chapter 30: MONTGOMERY GI BILL
    This is the most common VA education program. There are four eligibility categories with the most common being those individuals who 1) entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985 and 2) contributed $100.00 a month for 12 months and have an honorable discharge.
    The program is for 1) dependents or spouses of veterans who have died or are totally and permanently disabled as the result of a service connected disability or died while evaluated as having a total and permanent disability, or 2) dependents or spouse of a person who is listed as a POW or MIA.
  • Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve
    This program is for active members of components of the Selected Reserve and National Guard. Eligible participants require 1) enlistment or reenlistment in the selected reserve with an obligation to serve for a period of not less than six years following enlistment on or after July 1, 1985, 2) completion of secondary school diploma requirements, or 3) completion of IDAT (initial date active training).
    REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the president or Congress. This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
  •  Chapter 31: VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION Education Program
    VA Vocational Rehabilitation is a program whose primary function is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities become suitably employed, maintain employment, or achieve independence in daily living.
    Eligibility and Entitlement Services that may be provided by the VR&E Program include:
    Comprehensive evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services
    Veterans are eligible if they: Have received a discharge that is other than dishonorable Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from VA Apply for VR&E services
    Both transfer and continuing students using Chapter 31 benefits must have their caseworker forward a current Form 28-1905 to the Sac State Veterans Success Center
    For more information regarding this benefit, please visit or contact the Veterans Success Center at 916-278-6733

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Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, to include National Guard and Reserves. This benefit may pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members.  Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the college or institution by the individual services.  For additional information, contact your Base/Post Education Center or follow the links below for your particular service/component:

The Veterans Service Center does not process TA. Once you have completed the appropriate TA paperwork, please contact the Bursar's Office in Lassen Hall 1003 at (916) 278-6736 for questions or additional details regarding reimbursement procedures.

Additionally active duty members may elect to use the MGIB "Top-Up" in addition to their service-provided TA to cover high-cost courses.  You may contact the Veterans Service Center on how to begin this procedure, or you may fill out an online application.

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