Using Your Veterans Benefits

Getting Started

Come talk to us to get your benefits linked to Evergreen or to transfer your benefits from one college to another. We can help you find and complete all of the forms you need.

Veterans benefits are available for two quarters as an non-admitted student (someone who has not yet gone through the formal Evergreen admissions process). Then get admitted by your third quarter so that we can certify you with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and keep your benefits going.

Types of Benefits

Each of these benefits has different requirements and funding. You may apply online, but you might also want to come to Evergreen's Veterans Resource Center to explore your options. Every situation is unique and we can help.

Benefits for Active Duty and Retired Service Members

  • Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) - Active Duty: Applies to active duty service members or veterans who served from 1984-2008.
  • Chapter 31, Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) - Vocational Rehabilitation: For active duty service members and veterans with service-connected disabilities.
  • Chapter 32, The Veterans Educational Assistance Program: Applies to veterans who served between 1977-1985.
  • Chapter 33, The Post-9/11 GI Bill®: Applies to active duty service members or veterans who served after September 11, 2001. Includes a housing allowance and book stipend too.
  • Tuition Assistance: Active duty members, guard members and/or reservists who are using Tuition Assistance are required to provide an authorization letter from their unit's commanding officer to authorize payment. Students must provide evidence (a memo or a letter) from their educational services officer confirming that they have been counseled by on the use of Tuition Assistance.

Benefits for Reservists

  • Chapter 1606, Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) – Selected Reserve: Applies to members of military branch reserve components, Army National Guard and Air National Guard.
  • Chapter 1607, The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP): Available to all reservists who, after September 11, 2001, complete 90 days or more of active duty service "in support of contingency operations". This benefit provides reservists return from active duty with up to 80% of the active duty (Chapter 30) G.I. Bill benefits as long as they remain active participants in the reserves.

Benefits for Dependents

  • Chapter 35, The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program: Provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. More about benefits for dependents.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at

Quarterly Student Verification of Attendance

If you are attending and receiving Chapter 33 MGIB benefits, you will need to complete one Student Verification of Attendance (PDF) each quarter.

We will send you the Student Verification of Attendance form via email during Week 5 of each quarter. Be sure to check your email and submit your verification by email, fax or in person at the Veterans Resource Center no later than the end of Week 7. Veterans receiving Chapter 30 MGIB benefits can use WAVE to submit monthly verifications, rather than the verification form. Need help? Reach out at any time.

Pausing or Re-Starting Your Benefits

If you take a leave of absence or are called to active duty, make sure you notify us or provide us with a copy of your orders before you leave. And when you come back, let us know that too. Evergreen  follows the provisions of Chapter 3 of Volume 2 of the Federal Student Aid Handbook in the readmission of service members who have been called to duty. Student must contact Admissions or the Veterans Resource Center to notify them of their intent to return to college within three years after their completion of service. A student who is hospitalized or convalescing due to an illness or an injury incurred or aggravated during the performance of service must notify the school within two years after the end of the period needed for recovery. Each eadmission will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Financial Support

Veteran’s benefits aren’t always enough to cover all your costs. There are additional options to pay for college by applying for Financial Aid and scholarships too.

Tuition Waiver Forms