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Educational Benefits

There are various service related educational entitlements. Each one has it's own set of qualifications; some simple, some complex. Oftentimes, you might qualify for more than one option. We realize that it may difficult to find one direct source of information and we are here to try and make this process as streamlined as possible. 

One of your first steps should be to consult with Christina Pratt before you commit to an entitlement. Christina is a veteran, a  student, and has been providing professional veteran education consultation for years. Christina will conduct a brief interview with you to match your eligibility with your options and then advise you on the best process to secure the entitlement(s). Contact Christina at 518-255-5105 or prattcr@cobleskill.edu  

The following Information provides general information related to the most frequently utilized educational entitlements

 

If you are a service-member or veteran who served at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service on or after September 11, 2001, you may be eligible for this program.

Eligibility:

  • Individuals must have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service on or after September 11, 2001, and:
  • Still serve on active duty, or
  • Were honorably discharged from the service, or
  • Were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. 

Benefits:

If you are a dependent of a service-member who was disabled or died while on active duty service, you may be eligible for this program. 

This benefit is available to eligible dependents (son, daughter, or spouse) of: 

  • A Veteran who is permanently and totally disabled due to service-related condition, or
  • A Veteran who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition, or
  • A service member who is missing in action or was captured in line of duty by hostile forces, or
  • A Service member who was forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power
  • A service member who is hospitalized due to a service-connected permanent and total disability, and is likely to be discharged for that disability. 
  • For up to date rates, check out the VA’s Rate Table
  • For more information on this benefit, visit the GI Bill website, or
  • You can also check out the DEA pamphlet

If you are a service-member or veteran who served at least 2 years of active duty service, you may be eligible for this program. 

Individuals must have served at least 2 years on active duty, and:

 If you are a member of the Selected Reserve you may be eligible for this program. 

This benefit provides education benefits for eligible members of the selective reserve. To be eligible, individuals must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have a six-year obligation to serve in the selective reserves signed after June 30, 1985. 
  • Completed initial active duty for training
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selective Reserve unit

*This benefit will end the day you leave the selective reserves, unless you are mobilized or recalled to active duty. 

 If you are a member of the reserve component and were activated for at least 90 days after September 10, 2001, you may be eligible for this benefit. 

This benefit is available to individuals who have been activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, and:

  • Were called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared. 
  • For up to date rates, check out the VA’s Rate Table
  • For more information on this benefit, visit the GI Bill website, or
  • You can also check out the REAP pamphlet.

 If you entered into service for the first time between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985, you may be eligible for this program. 

To be eligible for this benefit, individuals must meet the following criteria: 

  • Entered service for the first time between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 
  • Opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987
  • Voluntarily contributed from $25 to $2,700
  • Discharged from first period of service under conditions other than dishonorable
  • For up to date rates, check out the VA’s Rate Table
  • For more information on this benefit, visit the GI Bill website, or
  • You can also check out the VEAP pamphlet.