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Emmanuel College is grateful to all veterans for their service and is committed to helping them achieve their educational goals. A wide range of education benefits are available to veterans and their dependents through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
We encourage veterans to explore the easy-to-navigate Veterans Benefits Administration website, which contains detailed information on the variety of benefits, their respective eligibility criteria, and how to apply.
This program provides up to 36 months of education benefits for individuals who served on active duty for at least 90 days after September 10, 2001. Students who are eligible for this program through their own service (or whose parent who has transferred the benefits to them) have a Tuition and Fee payment sent to Emmanuel each semester by the VA. The amount of this payment varies based on the length of aggregate active duty service after September 10, 2001, as well as the maximum tuition benefit amount which is set annually by the VA. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the VA's maximum benefit amount for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (also known as Chapter 33) is $25,162.14. This means a student with 100% eligibility under Chapter 33 and enrolled full-time for the academic year would have $25,162.14 applied to their Emmanuel account (typically $21,203 towards Fall 2020 semester, and the remaining $3,959.14 towards the Spring 2021 semester), while a student with 50% eligibility would have receive half those amounts.
All Post-9/11 GI Bill eligible students also receive a Monthly Housing Allowance which is sent to them directly and is prorated based on their benefit eligibility percentage. For students living in campus housing, these payments may be used to pay Room and Board costs each semester through Emmanuel's monthly payment plan.
Emmanuel is pleased to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which supplements the tuition benefit provided through the Post-9/11 GI Bill to make private college affordable for eligible Veterans and their dependents. Through this program, Emmanuel students with 100% Chapter 33 eligibility for the full academic year have the entire tuition cost for fall and spring semesters covered through a combination of the VA tuition benefit and Emmanuel College scholarship and/or grant aid. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the balance of full-time tuition and fees after the Chapter 33 amount of $25,162.14 is applied is $17,353.86. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, eligible students will receive half of this amount from the VA and the other half from Emmanuel College.
The portion funded by Emmanuel College, $8,676.93, is inclusive of all merit, need, or non-need based College grants and scholarships. This means that if you are receiving Emmanuel College grants or scholarships totaling $8,676.93, or greater, additional College-funded Yellow Ribbon funding is not provided. If you are not receiving Emmanuel College grants or scholarships or, if your Emmanuel funding is less than $8,676.93, you will receive a Yellow Ribbon Program Scholarship to ensure you are receiving at least $8,676.93 in College-funded financial assistance.
For more information regarding veterans benefits, please contact your Veterans Affairs office or visit va.gov.
The Montgomery GI Bill offers benefits for Veterans who completed their service prior to 9/11. The Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill website is a great resource for both current and prospective students eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill, as well as their dependents. The site provides information on education benefit programs and toll-free numbers for VA program information, as well as links to VA forms, electronic application for benefits, payment rates and web-based verification. For additional assistance, call 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor.
If you receive GI bill benefits, you must verify your attendance status monthly. Once our Registrar's Office has certified your enrollment, you may use this site to complete monthly verification online. It is often quicker and easier to do this online than it is to call the verification number (1-877-823-2378). The MGIB Verification Website also offers individual benefit status information, certified periods of enrollment and recent direct deposit information.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), or Chapter 1607, is an education benefit available to certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001. You may find more information about this program on the U.S. VA website.
For students who are receiving military tuition assistance: Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. To comply with the new Department of Defense policy, Emmanuel College will return any unearned TA funds on a prorate basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending.