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Post 9/11

The Forever GI Bill has passed and VA is working to determine how to implement the changes. Please reference the VA's Forever GI Bill website for more information about the provisions and when they go into effect.

Chapter 1606/1607

Effective Spring 2015 semester and forward - per DOD policy, students cannot use Chapter 1606/1607 and Federal TA for the same course.

How to get a copy of your DD-214 Member 4 - Visit https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal and create a premium account. This will give you access to your military documents, including your DD-214 Member 4 copy. The Member-4 version is preferred by VA when applying for educational benefits.

JMU now offers Advance Registration to Active Duty, Veterans, National Guard and Reserve Members (undergraduate students only).  Please reference this link for information and what documentation you need to provide to receive this benefit.

Chapter 35

Effective 8/1/2018, the new Forever GI Bill decreases the amount of entitlement that new eligible individuals will receive under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program from 45 months to 36 months. This change applies to individuals who first enroll in programs of education after August 1, 2018.  Individuals who first enrolled in a program of education prior to August 1, 2018, would still qualify for a maximum of 45 months of entitlement. 

Notice - You may also be eligible for the Virginia state tuition waiver benefit - Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (MSDEP). Visit our website and the Virginia DVS website for more information.

Receiving VA Benefits does not automatically qualify a dependent/spouse for in-state tuition/residency (if from out-of-state). There are certain requirements that must be met to qualify. 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 combslc@jmu.edu if you are a current student (for reclassification).

Chapter 35 recipients - Please pay all student account charges by the University Business Office deadlines each semester. Chapter 35 benefits pay a monthly stipend that goes directly to the student; therefore, JMU requires Chapter 35 recipients to make arrangements (monthly payment plan, check, loans, grants, financial aid, etc) to cover account charges by the traditional payment deadlines. If you are eligible for the Virginia benefit MSDEP, then that can be factored into covering your account charges (for tuition)

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