GI Bill ® Descriptions

Veterans, service members, dependents and spouses may be eligible for more than one “chapter” of education benefits. Each chapter has different eligibility requirements and benefits. Below is a short description of each chapter, with the full details and online application for benefits available on the GI Bill® website.

  • Chapter 30 Prior/current active duty veterans (Montgomery GI Bill®)
  • Chapter 31 Service-connected disabled veterans with a VA-rated disability status of
    20% or more
  • Chapter 32 Veteran Educational Assistance Program (VEAP, “Two for One”)
  • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI® Bill
  • Chapter 35 Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) for Dependents, Widows, and Widowers
  • Chapter 1606 National Guard or Reserve (Montgomery GI® Bill—Selected Reserve)
  • Chapter 1607 National Guard or Reserve–with deployment (Reserve Educational Assistance Program—REAP)
    (this program has been scheduled to sunset beginning 11/14/16.)
  • Fry Scholarship Dependents and spouses of Service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001

Yellow Ribbon Program

FVCC is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program for those veterans using Ch.33, eligible at the 100 percent rate and are being charged out-of-state tuition.  The college accepts 50 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit www.gibill.va.gov for the most updated information on the program. FVCC Yellow Ribbon Application.

Military Residency

Flathead Valley Community College will limit academic residency to 25 percent or less of the degree requirements for all degrees for active-duty service members and their adult family members (spouses and college-age children).  In addition, there are no “final year” or “final semester” residency requirements for active-duty service members and their family members.  Academic residency can be completed at any time while active-duty service members and their family members are enrolled.  Reservist and National Guardsmen on active-duty are covered in the same manner.

Section 702 of Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act 2014

Allows a “covered individual” to be charged at the in state tuition rate.  A “covered individual” is a veteran, individual using transferred benefits, or individual using benefits under the Fry Scholarship who enrolls in the school within three years of discharge or death in the line of duty of a Servicemember following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.  Students maintain covered individual status as long as they are using Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) or MGIB-AD benefits (Chapter 30) and remain continuously enrolled at the SAME public university.

Disability Support Services

The office of Disability Support Services for Students assures program access to the college by students with disabilities. Access to Flathead Valley Community College is a civil right and the college prohibits discrimination against qualified persons with disabilities. Visit the Disability Support Services.