The Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services

Covered Programs

Here is a thumbnail list of various tuition assistance and beneficial educational programs offered to veterans, with a brief  description of each.  

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program

Daemen is a proud participant in the YELLOW RIBBON Program.

  • This program allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.
  • The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount as the institution.
  • This program essentially covers FULL TUITION COSTS for those veterans accepted to Daemen, meeting the stated criteria for eligibility.

CHAPTER 30 Montgomery GI Bill for Active Duty

  • The Montgomery GI Bill program provides up to 36 months of education benefits.
  • This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses but must be pre-approved by the Veterans Administration.
  • Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following release from active duty.
  • The benefit is eligible to veterans who have an honorable discharge, a high school diploma or GED and in some cases 12 hours of college credit. You must meet the requirements of one of the categories found on the website below.
  • More information here: Montgomery GI Bill for Active Duty

CHAPTER 31 Voc Rehab

  • This benefit allows any veterans of World War II and thereafter to receive disability compensation for service-connected disability.
  • This benefit maybe provided up to 48 months of vocational rehabilitation.
  • Eligible veterans usually have up to 12 years to from release or discharge from from active duty to use benefits.
  • More information here: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program

CHAPTER 32 VEAP (Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program)

  • The VEAP benefit is eligible for veterans that entered active duty between January 1st, 1977 and June 30th, 1985 - and elected to make contributions from their military pay to participate within the program.
  • Benefit entitlement is 1 to 36 months depending on the number of monthly contributions.
  • The benefit becomes ineligible after 10 years of active duty and any entitlement unused will be refunded.
  • More information here: Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill

  • The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2011.
  • This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents.
  • More information here: The Post-9/11 GI-Bill

CHAPTER 35 Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program

  • The sons, daughters, spouse or surviving spouse of a veteran may be eligible for educational assistance if the veteran died while on active duty, died after release or discharge from active duty or a service-connected disability (80%-100%), became permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability, died while a service-connected disability was rated permanent and total, or has been listed as missing in action, captured, detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power for more than 90 days.
  • Eligible persons are entitled to 45 months of educational assistance and are paid benefits on the same basis as a veteran with no dependents.
  • More information here: Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA)

Chapter 1606 or 1607 Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserve

  • Basic eligibility exists for a person who (after June 30, 1985) enlists, reenlists or extends an enlistment in the Selected Reserve.
  • The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. 
  • An eligible reservist is entitled to a maximum of educational assistance based upon full-time training (or the equivalent based upon three-quarter or half-time training.) 
  • More information here: The Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve

Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) 1607

  • It is a new 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.
  • More information here: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

New York State HESC / Veterans Tuition Awards

  • Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are awards for full-time study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.
  • Funding for this program depends on the enacted New York State budget each year.

    NOTE: Students previously approved for this award must apply for payment each year. Those students who are attending an approved undergraduate or graduate program may apply for payment for the current academic year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and then linking to the TAP on the Web application.
  • Students attending a vocational school only do not have to file the FAFSA or TAP on the Web application.
  • For Details and How to Apply for Payment see: HESC New York State benefits

For Information: Call 716-839-8225 or e-mail


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