Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits for Prep School

Discussion in 'Service Academy Preparatory Schools' started by NAPS04, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. NAPS04

    NAPS04 New Member

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    I am trying to see if anyone has had any luck in having the VA honoring the year at MAPS/NAPS/AF PREP as a year of enlisted duty. If so I am looking for guidance on how to proceed. Thanks.
     
  2. Cgunner91

    Cgunner91 New Member

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    NAPS04,

    I graduated from the Air Force Academy preparatory school and completed a semester at USAFA before leaving due to academic reasons. I won't go into the details about the latter, but I can affirm that the VA can use your prep school service as GI bill credit if pursued enough. However, it was not common to receive the VA benefits... according to my other classmates who dropped out and are now attending civilian colleges. However, it really does depend on different situations. For example, many states have different attitudes towards it. I have a classmate of mine in Texas who is using a partial GI bill scholarship on top of his school's veteran financial programs to reduce his housing and tuition costs.

    It took me a year to finally receive my VA benefits in my state but prior to that I was using my school's "veteran's non-resident fee remission program" to cut my tuition in half. (I go to an out-of-state college). Regardless, if you don't get the VA program there are still programs out there you can apply for. Doesn't hurt to ask!

    P.S. I am unsure if NAPS or MAPS had different policies on this, but if they are the same as USAFAPS then I would say definitely try to pursue it. It's a complicated process, but if you have any more specific questions just message me and hopefully I'll be able to help. Good luck.
     
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  3. cooley1ster

    cooley1ster 5-Year Member

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    Hi Cgunner91,

    I myself went to USAFAPS. What is the process to pursue the partial GI Bill?
     
  4. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    There are Federal VA benefits, see va.gov. Post-9/11 GI Bill educational eligibility is laid out there, including length and type of service.

    Each state also has its own Veterans’ Department or Agency, can be different names. Each state offers its own program of benefits, which may include educational. State eligibility thresholds vary from the Fed and by state. For some, you might just have to have your DD-214 and x months, and you’re good to go. We had a USNA sponsor son who graduated USNA and had just under a year as an O-1 before he was medically discharged. He did not qualify for Fed VA GI post-9/11 educational benefits, but he moved back to his home state and got his MBA using state benefits at a state university. Go to your state.gov website and start your research there.

    Most colleges and universities these days have someone in Admissions or the Bursar’s office who is the designated Fed and state veteran benefits advisor. Yellow Ribbon designated colleges and universities often offer additional scholarships.

    The ticket to all of this will be whatever is documented on your DD-214, which is your official statement of dates and type of service.
     
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