Veterans Educational Benefits
The Office of Military and Veterans Services provides assistance to Veterans, service members, and their dependents (spouses and children) who are eligible for Veterans educational benefits. We can provide you with information, help you apply for benefits, connect you with local and national resources, and serve as a liaison between you and the Buffalo, NY VA Regional Processing Office.
Determining your VA Educational Chapter
This program is for Active Duty Military. (Basic training and annual training are not classified as active duty.)
Chapter 31 (Vocational Readiness and Employment, VR&E):
This program is for disabled veterans. Veterans need at least 10% Veterans Affairs disability or more to apply. The Department of Veterans Affairs must approve entrance into this program. Information regarding eligibility can reviewed on the Vocational Readiness and Employment webpage.
Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®):
This program is for Active Duty veterans, or Reserve and National Guard members who have been active for more than 90 days since 9/11/01.
Transferred Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®):
This program is for Active Duty veterans eligible for Chapter 33 who transfer their benefits to dependents. Transfers can only occur during active duty. (If this is your benefit, be clear to the OMVS facilitator that it is a transferred benefit.)
Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance/DEA):
This program is for dependents of 100% service-connected disabled Veterans or dependents of Veterans who died in service or of a service-connected disability.
Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve & National Guard):
This program is for Reservist or National Guard Members.
Pennsylvania National Guard’s Educational Assistance Program (EAP):
This program provides tuition assistance for students who enter into a service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard. (All questions about this program should be directed to the service member's education officer. EAP is processed by Financial Aid.) Pennsylvania National Guard Education Center.
Pennsylvania National Guard’s Military Family Educational Program (MFEP):
An educational assistance grant for dependents (spouse or children), earned by Army and Air National Guard members for their commitment to and service in the Pennsylvania National Guard. The MFEP grant can be used for a degree granting curriculum or certificate granting curriculum, course of study or training programs required for entrance into a specific career as determined by PHEAA at an approved PHEAA institution of higher learning, including technology fee, for up to five academic years. The member can assign the entire benefit to one dependent or a portion of the benefit to more than one dependent. (All questions about this program should be directed to the service member's education officer. EAP is processed by Financial Aid.) Pennsylvania National Guard Education Center.
Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA/TA):
This program provides financial assistance to part-time Army Reserve and or National Guard soldiers. (All questions about this program should be directed to the service member's education officer. TA is processed by the Bursar department.)
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 at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.