Chapter 31

What is the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program?

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program is authorized by Congress and is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program.

The program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. This includes completing a degree program that will help the veteran do that.

Services that may be provided by the VR&E Program include

    • Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment
    • Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services
    • Employment services such as job-training, job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance
    • Assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives and job accommodations
    • On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships, and non-paid work experiences
    • Post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school
    • Supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling, and medical referrals
    • Independent living services for Veterans unable to work due to the severity of their disabilities

Go to the VA website for more information. 
http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/  

How VA Processes Monthly Educational Benefits

              http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/comparison_tool.asp  follow this link for more information

  • Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD/Chapter 30
    • Monthly benefit paid to student
    • Student uses monthly benefit to pay tuition/fees to school
    • May be eligible for kicker if part of the original enlistment contract or part of a re-enlistment contract
    • Must certify enrollment with your VA Regional Office at the end of each month, by phone or on-line
  • Vocational Rehab and Employment Services (VRE/Chapter 31)
    • Tuition and fees paid directly to school
    • Books charged through school and paid directly to school
    • Monthly stipend to student
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
    • Tuition and fees paid directly to school
    • Book stipend paid to student, $41.67 per credit hour, up to $1000 available from August to August. Payment amounts vary based on the following:
      • Payment eligibility rating, a range of 40% to 100%
      • Enrollment status, full-time or less
    • Monthly housing stipend (BHA/BAH) paid to student. Payment amounts vary based on the following:
      • Payment eligibility rating, a range of 40% to 100%
      • Enrollment status, full-time or less, and enrolled more than 50% rate of degree pursuit
      • Enrolled in all on-line courses, and enrolled more than 50% rate of degree pursuit
      • If spouse is currently active duty, not eligible for monthly housing stipend
  • Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program
    • (DEA/Chapter 35)
    • Monthly benefit paid to student
    • Student uses monthly benefit to pay tuition/fees to school
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR/Chapter 1606)
    • Monthly benefit paid to student
    • Student uses monthly benefit to pay tuition/fees to school
    • May be eligible for kicker if part of the original enlistment contract or part of a re-enlistment contract
    • Must certify enrollment with your VA Regional Office at the end of each month, by phone or on-line
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607)
    • Monthly benefit paid to student
    • Student uses monthly benefit to pay tuition/fees to school
    • May be eligible for kicker if part of the original enlistment contract or part of a re-enlistment contract
    • Must certify enrollment with your VA Regional Office at the end of each month, by phone or on-line

To find your VA Regional Office, go to:
http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/division.asp?dnum=3&isFlash=0  

Other VA Educational Monthly Benefits Eligibility Policies and Considerations

1.  SouthArk Payment Plan: VA checks may take time to process. Students can set up a payment plan to 
     hold classes until the VA begins to pay.
     A. Once classes are scheduled, students can start a payment plan from their student account under 
         View/Pay Bill
     B. Down payments and enrollment fees are processed immediately.
     C. Once VA payments begin, students must contact SouthArk's business office to switch payment 
         options.

2.  Students who are receiving benefits under Chapter 30, 1606, and 1607 must request payment at the 
     end of each month by using one of the following:
     A. By calling 1-(877)823-2378, Automated Verification of Enrollment (W.A.V.E.)
     B. Going online at www.gibill.va.gov Click on verify attendance (W.A.V.E.) Tab then create account and 
         submit enrollment for payment.  https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do

3.  The Veterans Regional Office will not pay for the following:
     A. A course that does not pertain to the degree you are seeking
     B. On-line developmental (remedial) courses
     C. A course already passed at an acceptable level at SouthArk or any other school 
         Check with your adviser: a grade of "D" may be an acceptable grade for your degree requirement.

4.  SouthArk reports regularly to the Veterans Regional Office. If any of the following actions result in your 
     having been paid more than what you are eligible for, you may have to repay the amount in 
     excess of your eligibility:
     A. Dropped class
     B. Term withdrawal
     C. NC (no-credit) grade in a non-developmental course
     D. Non-attendance grade (grade of F)
     E. Incomplete grade that is subsequently replaced with an NC (no-credit) grade

5.  SouthArk also reports the following information to the Veterans Regional Office:
     A. Academic probation
     B. Suspension
     C. Graduation

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