AACC is committed to giving back to those who serve our country and the family members who support them. Our financial aid staff are eager to assist with reviewing your VA Education Benefits, explaining entitlements and guiding you through the enrollment verification process.
The first step is to visit or contact the Military/Veteran Resource Center (MVRC) on our Arnold campus. The MVRC staff can help with admission to the college, registering for classes, and utilizing your VA educational benefits.
The financial aid office processes enrollment verifications for the following:
Active Duty Educational Assistance Program
The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) assists students who entered active duty for the first time after July 1, 1985, and who agreed to have their pay reduced by $100 for 12 months. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge and active-duty personnel must have served at least two years to be eligible to use their benefits. Individuals are allowed 36 months of full-time entitlement. Participants who have eligibility through the Vietnam Era GI Bill have 36 months of entitlement or the amount of entitlement they have remaining from Chapter 34, whichever is less. Benefits must be used within 10 years from the date the individual was discharged last from active duty.
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Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill Tuition Assistance Top-up
Tuition Assistance Top-up is available to students on active duty, approved to use federal tuition assistance and eligible for Chapter 30, the Montgomery GI Bill. On Oct. 30, 2000, an amendment to the Montgomery GI Bill was signed into law which permits the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay a Tuition Assistance Top-up benefit. When the military cannot or does not cover 100 percent of the tuition and expenses, a service member, eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill, can elect to receive his or her benefits for all or part of the remaining expenses. The use of Tuition Assistance Top-up reduces future entitlement to the Montgomery GI Bill and service members should carefully consider their situation.
Vocational rehabilitation provides benefits to service members who have served on or after Sept. 16, 1940, and have a service-connected disability which is at least 20 percent disabling as defined by VA. Additionally, it must be determined that vocational rehabilitation is needed to overcome an employment handicap. Eligible veterans may be allowed up to 48 months of full-time benefits. Veterans generally have 12 years from the date they are notified of their entitlement to the program to use the benefits. Students who meet the above mentioned criteria must contact the Baltimore Regional Office at 410-230-4550 to schedule an interview for evaluation.
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Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of full-time education benefits. Benefits generally are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. Payments are based on the amount of service you completed after Sept. 10, 2001. You will receive a larger benefit if you served more active duty or mobilization time.
If you are eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you may receive a(n):
Maximum benefits are earned if you served an aggregate of 36 months or more on active duty service or after 30 days of continuous service if you were discharged for a service connected disability after Sept. 10, 2001. If you served between 90 days and 36 months of aggregate active duty service, you will be eligible for a percentage of the maximum benefits.
Note: The housing allowance and books and supplies stipend are not payable if you are on active duty or enrolled as a half-time student or less.
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Choosing Your GI Bill Benefits
If you meet the eligibility requirements for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, as well as other benefit types, such as the Montgomery GI Bill, you will be required to choose which benefit you wish to receive. For some individuals, your choice may be irrevocable. The Post-9/11 GI Bill may provide a better benefits package in terms of eligibility criteria, period of eligibility and financial value in comparison to existing educational benefit programs that remain in effect. However, the best program for you, if you are eligible for multiple educational benefit programs, will depend on your individual circumstance. Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs eligibility requirements that apply for specific benefits and compare these benefits to those offered under other GI Bills.
Survivors and Dependents Benefits provide educational benefits to spouses and children of veterans who either died while in service, died as a result of a service-connected disability, or became totally and permanently disabled as a result of their military service. Survivors and dependents are allowed 45 months of full-time benefits. Spouses have 10 years from the date of the veteran's effective date of permanent and total disability rating or the veteran's death. Dependents' benefits end on their 26th birthday or eight years from the veteran's effective date of permanent or total disability rating or the veteran's death, but not after the dependent's 31st birthday. Visit www.vba.va.gov/survivors/index.htm for additional survivor benefit information. For information regarding eligibility, contact the U.S. Veterans Affairs Office at 800-827-1000.
Selective Reserve Educational Assistance
Chapter 1606 provides up to 36 months of benefits to members of the selective reserves. This includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard Reserves, Army National Guard and the Air Guard. A reservist is allowed 36 months of full-time benefits.
The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607) is available to students who are members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve, and National Guard and were called to active service in response to a war or national emergency. The Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security determines eligibility but generally a member of a reserve component who serves on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, for at least 90 days is eligible.
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The financial aid office does not process tuition assistance. For questions concerning tuition assistance, National Guard and MyCAA, contact the cashier's office at 410-777-2236. If you have any questions or concerns about the military student experience at AACC, contact the Military/Veteran Resource Center.
The following are some of the forms, publications and application sites that may be needed to process your veterans benefits. To see which forms are needed, log into your MyAACC account and check the "Requested Documents" section.