The Montgomery G.I. Bill Chapter 1606 benefits are available to reservists who enlist, reenlist, or extend an enlistment in the Selected Reserve for not less than six years on or after July 1, 1985. For officers, the six-year period is in addition to any other obligated period of service. Eligibility for the program requires that the reservist have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent, complete basic and branch specific skill training, and remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit.
For more information about Chapter 1606 benefits, please visit the Veterans Affairs website or contact VA at 1-888-442-4551.
***Attention***: Receiving VA Benefits does not automatically qualify a servicemember/veteran for in-state tuition. There are certain requirements that must be met. Please direct any questions to Admissions at 540-568-5681 if you are a prospective/in-coming student or contact Linda Combs in the Business Office at 540-568-3745 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a current student (for reclassification).
**Update on Interval/Break Pay** - Effective August 1, 2011, break/interval pay is NO longer payable under any VA education benefit unless under an Executive Order of the President or due to an emergency situation such as a natural disaster or strike.
To become eligible for Chapter 1606, you must have:
Once you become eligible for Chapter 1606, you will receive a DD 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) from your unit.
For more information on Chapter 1606 and eligibility requirements: Chapter 1606 Information
1. Complete and submit online to VA: VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits, through the VONAPP website.
2. A Certificate of Eligibility or denial letter will arive from VA within 12 weeks after submission of the application. Any questions about the content of either letter should be directed to the Veterans Affairs Office at 1-888-442-4551.
Once you have applied for the Chapter 1606 Benefit, have been admitted to JMU, paid the deposit, and attended orientation/registered for classes, please contact:
At your initial meeting with a JMU VA Certifying Official, please bring the following:
Important: In order for a course to be included in an enrollment to VA, it must meet major, minor, general education, degree, or allowed elective to reach 120 credits (after all required courses are factored in) for graduation, or an approved certificate or teacher licensure program to qualify.
All majors and minors must be declared on your transcript.
The JMU Request for Veterans Educational Benefits form is required every semester benefits are requested. After your initial 1st semester using your benefits, the JMU form will be emailed to you after registering for the upcoming semester. It will require your major advisor to initial and sign for any course needed for your major. No approval is needed for courses outside your major (general education, degree, minors, preps, etc).
If you wish to request benefits for an upcoming semester or session, you will need to complete:
If you have received Chapter 1606 benefits at another college or university within the past year, you will need to provide:
The W.A.V.E.S. online system permits students to perform a multitude of functions, including:
The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) allows students to phone in their monthly verification if there are no changes to the enrollment during the previous month.