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Veterans Benefit Educational Programs & Yellow Ribbon

Qualified Veterans and dependents generally receive military benefits from within the following Chapters: 30, 31, 33 (Post 9/11), 35, 1606 or 1607. In addition, RIT offers Yellow Ribbon funding to qualified individuals. A brief overview of each Chapter is provided below. You may also click on each link to be directed to the Veterans Affairs website for more in depth information.

Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI BIll

Benefit provides a monthly educational assistance allowance for up to 36 months. Additional information and payment rates can be found on above link.

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation

Benefit provides 100% of tuition, fees & books to qualified veterans with an established service-connected disability. Benefit includes a monthly allowance for living expenses. Additional information and payment rates can be found on above link.

Chapter 33 – Post 9/11

Benefit provides qualified veterans and dependents (with transferred entitlement) up to 36 months of educational assistance. Beginning fall 2014, students at the 100% benefit level will receive up to $20,235.02 per academic year toward tuition/fees and may qualify for Yellow Ribbon benefits; students with less than 100% benefit will receive their prorated benefit level of the $20,235.02. In addition, students are eligible for a book stipend up to $1000 and a monthly housing allowance. Additional information and housing allowance rates can be found on above link.

Yellow Ribbon Program

RIT is proud to be a partner with the US Department of Veteran Affairs in administering the Yellow Ribbon program, providing qualified veterans and dependents 100% tuition coverage per standard academic year for Undergraduate and Graduate degree programs.*  Eligible students must be approved for Post 9/11 benefits at the 100% tier (active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible).

Undergraduate Contribution: RIT will contribute up to an additional $9,000 per academic year and the VA will match dollar for dollar. These combined contributions, in addition to the $20,235.02 Post 9/11 benefit, provides students with up to $38,235.02 in funding towards RIT tuition, per academic year. Total Contributions cannot exceed cost of tuition.

Graduate Contribution: RIT will contribute up to an additional $10,000 per academic year and the VA will match dollar for dollar. These combined contributions, in addition to the $20,235.02 Post 9/11 benefit, provides students with up to $40,235.02 in funding towards RIT tuition, per academic year. Total Contributions cannot exceed cost of tuition.

*Exception applies to students within RIT’s EMBA programs. Yellow Ribbon funding can be utilized but tuition coverage will vary. Contact Veteran Services Office for details.

Chapter 35 – Dependents’ Education Assistance (DEA)

Benefit provides monthly educational assistance to eligible dependents of certain veterans for up to 45 months. Additional information and payment rates can be found on above link.

Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill: Selected Reserve

Benefit provides a monthly educational assistance allowance for up to 36 months. Additional information and payment rates can be found on above link.

Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Benefit provides a monthly educational assistance allowance for up to 36 months. Additional information and payment rates can be found on the above link.