Eligibility for GI Bill® Educational benefits can be extended to veterans, members of the Selected Reserves or National Guard; and children or spouses of service-connected deceased or totally and permanently disabled veterans. Each U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) education program has distinct eligibility requirements under specific chapters of Title 10 and 38, U.S. Code (USC). All students who feel they may be eligible for education benefits should submit an application. Even if a student appears to be ineligible, the DVA will review the application and officially grant or deny benefits.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government web site.
Approved study programs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will pay an eligible student education benefits for pursuit of an approved program of education or training. An approved program is a course of study or a program of training which has been determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as meeting the legal requirements for payment of educational assistance benefits to veterans and other eligible persons. (38 CFR 21.7122(b))
The following are approved programs at Bond University:
If your proposed program of study does not appear in the list above, please contact the Financial Aid Officer to have your program added well before the commencement date of your program as it can take several months for programs to be approved.
Students who wish to apply for veteran benefits can do so online through the Vets.gov website.
Post 9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33
The Post - 9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.
Receiving Benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill
Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.
You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, and you are still on active duty or were honourably:
- discharged from the active duty; or
- released from active duty and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list; or
- released from active duty and transferred to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve; or
- released from the active duty for further service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces.
You may also be eligible if you were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.
For more information regarding the GI Bill, including rates of benefit, please visit U.S Department of Veterans Affairs - Education and Training.
Montgomery GI Bill - Chapter 30
Individuals who entered active duty after July 1984, and participated in the pay reduction program and served honorably for two years or more are eligible. Veterans or service persons cannot withdraw money paid into the fund.
Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation Program - Chapter 31
This program is available to certain veterans who have a service-connected disability of 10 percent or greater. It provides a monthly stipend and also covers the cost of tuition, books, and supplies. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Veterans Education Assistance Program - Chapter 32
Individuals who entered active duty service between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985, served a continuous period of 181 days or more and contributed financially toward the education program are eligible for the VEAP program. Monthly benefits are determined by adding the amount of personal contributions and Department of Defence contributions made during the years of active service.
GI Bill for Dependents - Chapter 35
A child or spouse of a service-connected deceased or 100 percent disabled veteran may be eligible for veteran educational benefits. Benefits may be used until the dependent has reached the age of 27 or 8 years from the date of eligibility is determined, whichever is later.
Montgomery GI Bill for Reservists - Chapter 1606
An individual who enlisted, re-enlisted, or extended an enlistment in the Selected Reserve or National Guard for a period of 6 years after July 1, 1985, and has completed the initial active duty training is eligible for veteran benefits. This program does not require a contribution by the service person.