Veteran Benefits

For each of the Chapter bills below:
  • All classwork must meet the requirements of your chosen program.
  • You should report any changes in your class load to the VA Certifying Official to avoid over payments.
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  • The VA Certifying Office at UPIKE is located in the Administration Building, room 002B or phone 1-606-218-5259.
  • The St. Louis Regional Office can be reached by calling 1-888-442-4551.
UPIKE offers many programs to assist veterans and their dependents to attend college. Benefits and requirements are described below.

Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty)

If you paid $1,200 to the program while on active duty, then you can receive:
  • $1,395 a month as a full-time student if you have served less than three years.
  • $1,717 a month as a full-time student if you have served for three years or longer.
  • You may receive more if granted a "kicker" (i.e.: Army College Fund).
  • You may receive less if your attendance is less than full-time.
To activate Chapter 30 GI Bill:
  1. Complete Application 22-1990.
  2. Provide a certified copy of DD-214 (form 4).
  3. Once registered with UPIKE, provide all paperwork to UPIKE's VA Certifying Official.
Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve)

If you commit to a six-year enlistment in the Military Reserves or National Guard, then you can receive:
  • $337 a month as a full-time student.
  • This amount may vary for the same reasons as above in Chapter 30.
To activate Chapter 1606:
  1. Fill out Application 22-1990.
  2. Provide a notice of basic eligibility (NOBE) from the drilling unit.
  3. Once registered with UPIKE, provide all paperwork to UPIKE’s VA Certifying Official.
Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill)

If you have 90 days or more of aggregate service on or after September 11, or were discharged with a service-connected disability for the Post-9/11 GI, then you can receive:
  • Financial support for education and housing
  • Undergraduate and graduate degrees and vocational/technical training
  • Tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement
  • Your tuition cost at a public school paid based upon the in-state tuition charged. Private colleges up to $21,084.89 per academic year National Maximum.
Students who receive Post 9/11 GI Bill may qualify for an additional UPIKE scholarship to be applied as needed. See the Military/Veterans Initiative office in the Administration Building, 201.

The GI Bill may be able to be transferred to dependents.

See for more information. To activate Chapter 33:
  1. Register with UPIKE’s VA Certifying Official.
  2. Once you receive your letter of eligibility, return it to the UPIKE’s VA Certifying Official.
Chapter 35 (Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance)

If you are a dependent of a veteran deemed 100 percent totally and permanently disabled, service-connected or killed in action, then
  • You may be eligible for $1,018 a month as full-time student.
  • This amount will be less if you are a part-time student.
To check eligibility and activate Chapter 35,
  1. Register with the UPIKE’s VA Certifying Official.
  2. Complete Application 22-5490.
Dependents may be eligible for Kentucky War-Orphans tuition under one of the following statutes:

If eligible, you can receive
You may be eligible if:
o Veteran was killed in action while serving during a wartime period or
o Veteran died as the result of a service connected disability incurred provided the veteran's home of record upon entry into the Armed Forces was the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Veteran must be:
o a Kentucky resident
o rated 100 percent permanently and totally disabled
o 100 percent disabled for compensation purposes or
o You provide medical evidence
• showing permanent and total veteran disability for a period of at least 30 days prior to death and
• the medical evidence is signed by a physician licensed to practice.
• 45 months of training,
• training until you receive a degree, or
• training until your 26th birthday.

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)

Veterans deemed 20 percent disabled or greater may be eligible or 10 percent with a serious employment handicap. Recipients receive:
  • tuition
  • books
  • monthly allotment based on the number of dependents
For more information contact the Louisville Veterans Affairs Office at 1-800-827-1000.

Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program)
If you were activated after September 11, 2001,
  • You are either eligible for education benefits or increased benefits.
  • If you are a National Guard member or an eligible reservist, you may receive education benefits while in an approved training program.
  • Once registered, you must complete a VA Request form and submit all paperwork every semester.

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