Harrison College is ready to assist you as you make the transition from military life back to education and beyond. We have Financial Aid Analysts who are familiar with the Montgomery G.I. Bill and VA educational benefits process. Additionally, we have established a Veterans Task Force, which has a member located at each campus to respond to your questions and concerns.
Following are helpful resources that can be of assistance in your transition back into the college environment:
Montgomery (New) GI Bill - Chapter 30
You are eligible for this if you entered Active Duty after June 30, 1985, completed at least two years continuous active service, contributed $1,200 to the program, received a high school diploma or GED, and received an honorable discharge.
Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment - Chapter 31
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. The program offers a number of services to help each eligible disabled veteran reach his or her rehabilitation goal. These services include vocational and personal counseling, education and training, financial aid, job assistance, and, if needed, medical and dental treatment. Services generally last up to 48 months, but they can be extended in certain instances.
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) - Chapter 32
You are eligible for this if you entered the military service after January 1, 1977; contributed to the program; and did not contract with the Armed Forces under a delayed entry program. Benefits are dependent upon total contributions made and are calculated individually. No allowance is made for payment for dependents. Active duty service members may receive full VA educational entitlement under the VEAP program. Under specified conditions, participants under VEAP may be eligible to convert their entitlement to the New/Montgomery GI Bill.
Post-9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33
Eligible individuals include those who serve on active duty at least 90 aggregate days beginning on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days of continuous service. Discharged individuals must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible, or have a discharge or release for a medical condition Existing Prior to Service (EPTS), Hardship (HDSP), or Condition Interfering with Duty (CIWD).
Dependents Educational Assistance - Chapter 35
This portion of 38 U.S.C. authorizes educational benefits to dependents and survivors of certain veterans who have serious disabilities as the result of their service, (100% disabled), or who have died of a service-connected cause, were a prisoner of war, or missing in action.
Reserve GI BILL - Chapter 1606
This is for any person who enlists, re-enlists, or extends an enlistment in the Selective Reserve for not less than six years, in addition to any other period of obligation after June 30, 1985, and completed high school or GED, IADT, 180 days of service in the selective reserve and is satisfactorily participating in required training in the selective reserve.
Activated Reservists After September 11, 2001 - Chapter 1607 (REAP)
Certain reservists who were activated after September 11, 2001 may either be eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. For more information on Chapter 1607 select education benefits.
Applying for Benefits at Harrison College
If you are a Veteran, Choose ONE of these two applications (22-1990 or 22-1995) based on your answer to the following question:
Have you used your VA education benefits in the past?
If NO, you will need VA form 22-1990 and the following paperwork:
- If you are on active duty, you need to have your Education Service Officer (ESO) sign your VA application.
If YES, you will need VA form 22-1995 and the following paperwork:
- Direct Deposit can be setup through the Federal VA's National Direct Deposit Program at 877. 838. 2778
If you are a Dependent or Survivor of a Veteran, choose ONE of these two applications (22-5490 or 22-5495) based on your answer to the following question:
As a Dependent or Survivor of a Veteran, have you used your VA education benefits in the past?
- If NO, you will need VA form 22-5490 and the VONAPP
- If YES, you will need VA form 22-5495 and the VONAPP
Certificate of Eligibility or Veterans online Application (VONAPP)
Students who have a Certificate of Eligibility (must specify Harrison College) or a VONAPP application, can submit one of these forms instead of a regular VA application. However, the supporting paperwork that is needed with the VA applications, is also needed with the Certificate of Eligibility and VONAPP. Failure to submit the supporting paperwork with your Certificate of Eligibility or VONAPP will result in a delay of your VA entitlements.
Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Offices
If you do not know which regional VA office processes your VA entitlements, please review their website below to identify which states are covered under their jurisdiction.
Western Region Jurisdiction
Muskogee VA Regional Processing Office
P.O. Box 8888
Muskogee, OK 74402-8888
Southern Region Jurisdiction
Atlanta VA Regional Processing Office
P.O. Box 100022
Decatur, GA 30031-7022
Central Region Jurisdiction
St. Louis VA Regional Processing Office
P.O. Box 66830
St. Louis, MO 63166-6830
Eastern Region Jurisdiction
Buffalo VA Regional Processing Office
P.O. Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240-4616
Ask the Federal VA a Question
Do you have a question pertaining to your education benefits that needs to be answered by the Federal VA? You can now search the Federal VA's knowledge base for your answer. If you don't see the answer you are looking for, you can submit your question directly to the Federal VA, via their web site.
Requesting a New DD-214
If you have misplaced or lost your original DD-214, you can request another copy from the National Archive and Records Administration for your records.
Credit for Military Experience
Harrison College may grant credit for documented military experience based on the recommendations of American Council on Education (ACE). ACE was created to recognize the educational value of military training and experience and to determine the amount and level of academic credit that should be awarded based on that training and those experiences.
In order to grant credit to veterans based on the ACE recommendations, you must have an official transcript sent from your branch of the service to Harrison College.
Military transcripts typically include documentation of the following along with ACE recommendations for awarding credit for each.
- Military occupations held
- Military training courses completed
- College-level examinations completed including
- DSST / DANTES
- Excelsior College Examinations
- Defense Language Proficiency Tests (DLPTs)
Additional Military Tuition Assistance Resources
For more information on tuition assistance in your specific branch of service:
For the National Guard and Reservist: