Which educational benefits apply to you? What do they include?

Specific questions regarding your eligibility or for additional information on your specific chapter eligibility or benefit amount should be referred to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after September 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. 

The student must first apply to the VA by submitting application form 22-5490 on the VA website.

Benefits Include:

  • BAH (Housing Allowance)
  • Percentage of Tuition Coverage
  • Book Stipend
  • Yellow Ribbon option (for non-residents who qualify)
  • Transfer of Entitlement

To a Spouse or Dependent 

The student must first apply to the VA by submitting application form 22-5490 on the VA website.

Additional forms are required by Colorado State University after the VA application is submitted and can be obtained through the Office of the Registrar or on our Forms page underneath “Veteran Benefit Forms.”  For more information, contact the Veterans Benefits Office.

Transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to a Dependent

Transfer of Entitlement Requirements

Transfers are made by a service member on the Department of Defense (DoD) website

The student will need to complete the 22-1990E: Application for Transfer of Entitlement (TOE) form via the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Once the transfer has been approved and the 22-1990E has been processed by the VA, a Certificate of Eligibility will be mailed to the student. A copy of the Certificate of Eligibility, along with the completed Colorado State University forms, must be submitted to the Veterans Benefits Office.

This is available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. Active duty members who enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation.

Benefits include up to 36 months of funds while enrolled as a student. Submit GI Bill Enrollment Certification Request to the Veteran Benefits Education Office.

Chapter 1606 applies to Reserve or National Guard members attached to and drilling with a unit.

Benefits include funds paid directly to the student. Benefits include up to 36 months of funds while enrolled as a student. Submit GI Bill Enrollment Certification Request to the Veteran Benefits Education Office

Fry Scholarship

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) is for children and spouses of service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. 

Dependents Education Assistance (DEA) – Chapter 35

You may qualify for VA education benefits (Chapter 35 benefits) if you’re the child or spouse of a service member and one of the following descriptions is true of the service member:

  • Died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001, or 
  • Is missing in action or was captured in the line of duty by a hostile force, or
  • Was detained (held) by force while in the line of duty by a foreign government or power, or
  • Is in the hospital or getting outpatient treatment for a service-connected permanent and total disability, and is likely to be discharged for that disability. A service-connected permanent and total disability is a disability resulting from your service that does not go away.

You may qualify for VA education benefits (Chapter 35 benefits) if you are the child or spouse of a Veteran and one of the following descriptions is true of the Veteran:

  • Is permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected disability, or
  • Died while on active duty or as a result of a service-connected disability.

If you’re a dependent who doesn’t meet the above criteria, you may still qualify for VA education benefits if the Veteran or service member transferred some or all of their Post -9/11 GI Bill entitlement to you while they were on active duty.

If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, the VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program (Chapter 31) can help. To find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for vocational rehabilitation benefits and services, like help exploring employment options and any required training needs, refer to the Vocational Rehabilitation VA page. In some cases, your family members may also be eligible for certain benefits.