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Veterans Educational Assistance Program

(U.S. Code, Title 38, Chapter 32)

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Most veterans who participated in the VEAP program, where VA contributes $2 for every $1 contributed by the servicemember, have since converted to the Montgomery GI Bill
(Chapter 30).

VEAP eligibility criteria

  • Must have entered active duty between Jan. 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985
  • Must have opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987
  • Must have voluntarily contributed $25 to $2,700
  • Must have completed at least the first period of service
  • Must have received a discharge under conditions other than dishonorable
  • Active-duty personnel must have at least three months of contributions available to use VEAP

What does VEAP cover?

  • Costs of obtaining a college degree
  • Costs of certificate, apprenticeship, correspondence or on-the-job training programs
  • In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency or refresher classes or training

What is the window to use it?

  • The maximum entitlement is 36 months of education costs
  • VEAP must be used within 10 years of discharge from active duty

Leftover contributions

  • The veteran’s portion of entitlement money not used by the end of the 10-year window will be refunded