Veterans Benefits Programs

If you are a veteran or you are a dependent of a veteran, the following Veterans Education Benefits may be available to you. 

Post 9/11 - GI-Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, and generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents. Please refer to: http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2009/0409_gibill/  for more information. More information regarding educational benefits may be obtained by visiting the Department of Veterans Affairs at www.gibill.va.gov. To check on your status and/or receive information on your monthly rate, call 1-888-442-4551.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

While receiving benefits, you will be required to verify your attendance each month via WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment).You may also utilize the automated verification system by calling 1-877-823-2378. You may use these systems on the last calendar day of the month to be verified. Payment will normally be made in 3 to 5 days if you use direct deposit, and 7 - 10 days if you have the checks mailed to you.

More information regarding educational benefits may be obtained by visiting the Department of Veterans Affairs at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch1607_pamphlet.pdf. To check on your status and/or receive information on your monthly rate, call 1-888-442-4551.

California Dependents of Veterans College Fee Waiver Program

Students who are dependents of a veteran with a service-connected disability or who died of a service-connected cause may be eligible to receive a waiver of tuition and registration fees through this program. Application forms may be obtained at the Veterans Services Office or by contacting your local county veterans services officer. California College Fee Waiver application form and valuable, related information are online. After completing the application, you can submit or fax the application to the information listed below.

Be sure to work with the county Veterans Services office to ensure that the approved waiver will be valid for the semesters you will be attending at Delta College.You must renew this waiver each academic year.  

The San Joaquin County Veterans Office is located at:

105 S. San Joaquin Street
Stockton, CA 95202

Telephone: (209) 468-2916 / Fax: (209) 468-2918

Please note, if you are not residing within San Joaquin County, you may check with your local County VA office to get this application processed.

Montgomery GI Bill — Active Duty

The Montgomery GI Bill establishes a program of educational benefits for eligible persons entering military service after June 30, 1985. Military pay is reduced each month for the first 12 months of duty service in order to establish an educational fund. The maximum entitlement is 36 months of full-time benefits. Monthly benefit rates are determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Benefits terminate 10 years after the date of separation from service.

While receiving benefits, you will be required to verify your attendance each month via WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment). You may also utilize the automated verification system by calling 1-877-823-2378. You may use these systems on the last calendar day of the month to be verified. Payment will normally be made within 3 to 5 days if you use direct deposit, and 7 to 10 days if you have the checks mailed to you.

More information regarding educational benefits may be obtained by visiting the Department of Veterans Affairs at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch30_pamphlet.pdf. To check on your status and/or receive information on your monthly rate, call 1-888-442-4551.

Survivors and Dependents

Survivors and dependents of a veteran may be eligible for benefits if the Veteran died while on active duty; died after discharge from active duty of a service-connected disability; is permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected injury; or is listed as missing in action for a total of more than 90 days. Eligible persons are entitled to a maximum of 45 months of full-time benefits. Benefit rates are determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Payments are usually provided for children between the ages of 18 and 26.

More information regarding educational benefits may be obtained by visiting the Department of Veterans Affairs at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch35_pamphlet_2.pdf. To check on your status and/or receive information on your monthly rate, call 1-888-442-4551

Tuition Assistance Program

Tuition Assistance applications, policies, and procedures may be obtained from your unit's Educational Officer. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Obtain a student educational plan from your counselor.
  2. Submit the educational plan to your Army advisor (Note: You will need to specify to your Army advisor what your educational goals are and what classes you will be taking each semester)
  3. Log-in to goarmyed.com and print out a TA Agreement from the Army.
  4. Submit the TA Agreement directly to the Business Services Office. You may contact Sam Lo at (209) 954-5009 or e-mail him at slo@deltacollege.edu.

The Veterans Services Office itself does not handle this particular program.

Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve

To be eligible for educational assistance, a person must have a 6-year obligation to serve in the selected reserve signed after June 30, 1985.Maximum entitlement is 36 months of full-time benefits. Benefit rates are determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Benefits terminate 10 years from the date of eligibility or separation date from the reserves, whichever is earlier.

While receiving benefits, you will be required to verify your attendance each month via WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment). You may also utilize the automated verification system by calling 1-877-823-2378. You may use these systems on the last calendar dayof the month to be verified. Payment will normally be made in 3 to 5 days if you use direct deposit, and 7 - 10 days if you have the checks mailed to you.

More information regarding educational benefits may be obtained by visiting the Department of Veterans Affairs at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch1606_pamphlet.pdf. To check on your status and/or receive information on your monthly rate, call 1-888-442-4551

Vocational Rehabilitation

Training and rehabilitation services are provided for persons who have a compensable service-connected disability. The Department of Veterans Affairs will determine if such services are necessary to become suitably employed, maintain employment, or achieve independence in daily living. These services may include vocational and personal counseling, education and training, financial aid, job assistance, and if needed, medical and dental treatment. The basic period of eligibility is, generally, 12 years following the date of discharge from active duty or the date of notification of entitlement to VA compensation for the disability, whichever is later. Services generally last up to 48 months, but the period may be adjusted in certain instances.

You may apply online at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ and fill out a VA Form 28-1900 or you may obtain information at the Department of Veterans Affairs located at 10365 Old Placerville Road, Suite 100, Sacramento, California 95827 or contact the person listed below:

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor: 

Mason Younce, Gemes.younce@va.gov / Phone: (916) 364-6711


Apply for Veterans Benefits

If you are eligible for Veterans Benefits, use our guide to follow the steps to apply for and receive benefits.

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