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Veterans and Active Military Service Assistance Programs
The U.S. Congress created the G.I. Bill at the end of World War II. Without this bill, the millions of returning war veterans would have been unemployed. There are several facets to this bill, the major ones being subsidized housing and education.
This G.I. Bill has been amended in many ways since it was first created; but it is now an important recruitment aspect of the all-volunteer U.S. military. The U.S. Armed Forces offer various types of college assistance, which include: the New GI Bill, the Veterans Assistance Program, ROTC Scholarships and the Health Professions Loan Repayment Program.
The VA Certifying Clerk, in the Financial Assistance Office, at Jones College is experienced with the application of the G.I. Bill and its educational benefits. Some programs offer veterans, their spouses and their children additional benefits.
Students can contact the Financial Assistance Office for more information regarding Veteran Programs, training and subsistence allowances and tuition rates.
This benefit is reserved for veterans who are currently on active duty who have completed their initial obligation to the military. Active duty veterans are also eligible under the Tuition Assistance Program. Information on the Tuition Assistance Program may be obtained from the educational liaison at any military base.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Program
Jones College is proud to assist the men and women of the armed forces with paying for school by providing access to the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides veterans with great educational benefits for training on or after August 1, 2009. To be eligible, the service-member or veteran must have served a total aggregate of at least 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001, remain on active duty or be honorably:
- Discharged from active duty status
- Released from active duty and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list
- Released from active duty and transferred to Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve
- Released from active duty for further service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces
Eligible participants are entitled to receive a percentage of the following:
- Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid directly to the school)
- Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the primary school (paid directly to the service-member or veteran)
- Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year (paid directly to the service-member or veteran)
- A one-time payment of $500 paid to certain individuals relocating from highly rural areas.
*The housing allowance and books and supplies stipend are not payable to individuals on active duty. The housing allowance is not payable to those pursuing training at only half-time or less or to individuals enrolled solely in distance learning programs.
Get more information about Veteran Benefits and view maximum rates available based on length of service.
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
In an effort to reduce Veteran unemployment, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 was passed and signed into law last November. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), which will begin on July 1, 2012 - we will begin accepting applications on May 15, 2012.
This program is jointly administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor (DOL). VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to 99,000 unemployed Veterans who are at least 35 years old but no older than 60. Eligible participants will receive up to 12 months of training assistance at the full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates or applies to the VRAP program. You can learn more about VRAP here.
Detailed information on VOW and VRAP is also available at www.benefits.va.gov/VOW
We are seeking input from student veterans at Jones College related to the annual G.I. Job's survey of Military Friendly Schools. This survey is intended for student veterans in an effort to further enhance our services offered to this unique student community. The survey has no relevance to the school' opinion or public opinion regarding the military, military policy or current military conflicts overseas.
Jones College recognizes military students as one of many communities that are a valuable asset to our student body; Many student veterans are leaders in the classroom, on campus and on the athletic fields. All student veterans are highly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to gather unbiased feedback and build on our strong commitment to attracting student veterans to Jones College.
Any students with military experience, including veterans and reservists, are encouraged to participate at: