Welcome Veterans! The Veterans Advocate is located in room 1214. The Veteran certifying officials, located in the West Virginia University of Parkersburg Financial Aid Office, are primarily responsible for the administration of veteran’s educational benefits programs and the necessary enrollment certifications. There are three staff members who are designated by WVU Parkersburg and the VA. Shawn Healy, WVU Parkersburg veterans advocate and the VA certifying officials: Jeffery Scott (primary certifying official) and Heather Skidmore (director of financial aid).
Using the latest technology provided by the VA, Veteran Benefits & Certifications processes claims electronically to the VA Regional Processing Center in St. Louis, Missouri, for payment of benefits. In addition to serving veterans with benefit inquiries, we also provide assistance for any student in the U.S. military whose WVUP enrollment is impacted by military activation as well as financial aid counseling.
We encourage student veterans, service members and dependents of veterans attending WVUP to contact us in person in the Veterans Advocate Office Room 1214, by email at ude.puvwnull@snaretev or by phone at 304.424.8337 with any questions you may have pertaining to the processing of your VA educational benefits, military deployment or military activation while at WVUP.
Chapter 33: Post- 9/11 G.I. Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty for at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001 or were discharged with a service-related disability after 30 continuous days. Under the new chapter, effective August 1, 2009, eligible participants (veterans, service members and dependents) pursuing a VA approved training program may receive the following benefits at a percentage based on the length of active duty service:
Note: In Parkersburg, full BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) is set at $883.00 per month with a book stipend of $41.67 per credit hour not to exceed $1,000 dollars per academic year for veterans, service members and dependents who are eligible at 100 percent. Specific questions about eligibility for VA benefits should be addressed to the VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1.
For new students using Chapter 33: Post-9/11 G.I. Bill
For transfer students using Chapter 33: Post-9/11 G.I. Bill
Note: Since the VA can take up to 8 weeks in order to process educational benefits, it is highly recommended that you fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current year at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Keep in mind that you cannot be considered for any grants, scholarships or loans without completing a FAFSA.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Effective August 1, 2011, the Post- 9/11 GI Bill pays all eligible public school in-state tuition and fees. Since tuition and fees may exceed these amounts for non-resident students, the Yellow Ribbon program allows participating Institutions of Higher Learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fees at a certain level above the in-state charges. The VA then matches the payment. Under West Virginia law, for every eligible veteran who is enrolled or will be enrolled as an undergraduate student, the agreement shall provide for the waiver of fifty percent of the cost of tuition and mandatory fees in an amount to be matched by a contribution of equivalent value from the VA. For information on WVU Parkersburg’s participation in this program, please go to our WVU Parkersburg Veterans webpage at wvup.edu/veterans/YellowRibbonProgram.’
Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill
This is the most common VA education program. There are four eligibility categories with the most common being those individuals who 1) entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985 and 2) contributed $100.00 a month for 12 months and have an honorable discharge.
In order to initiate Chapter 30 benefits, the following must occur:
Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program
The program is for:
In order to initiate Chapter 35 benefits, the following must occur:
Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill- Selected Reserve
This program is for active members of components of the Selected Reserve and National Guard. Eligible participants require: 1) Enlistment or reenlistment in the selected reserve with an obligation to serve for a period of not less than 6 years following enlistment on or after July 1, 1985, 2) Completion of secondary school diploma requirements, or 3) Completion of IDAT (initial date active training).
In order to initiate Chapter 1606 benefits, the following must occur:
Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program(REAP)
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
In order to initiate Chapter 1607 benefits, the following must occur:
Note: If you are currently receiving Tuition Assistance from the National Guard, you will have to:
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation
This program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. The benefit can be used if the service member has a 20 percent or more service-connected disability. In some cases, a service member who has a service-connected disability less than 20 percent with the establishment of a serious employment handicap can gain eligibility for VR&E services. The program allows a living expense
In order to initiate Chapter 31 services, the following must occur:
Kickers & Additional Contributions
A kicker is part of an enlistment contract, often referred to as the Army College Fund. The kicker is a fixed dollar amount that will be disbursed in even installments over the course of the entitlement period for Chapter 30 and 1606 recipients. Service members also have the opportunity to pay additional contribution amounts that are generally matched 9 to 1 and added to the monthly benefit in even disbursements. The VA should automatically pay the higher benefit rate as an addition to the normal entitlement amount paid each month to the veteran. If not, the veteran should contact the VA Regional Office processing their claim.
This is a work program available to any educational benefit recipient who is attending college or university at three-quarter time (16 week term = 9 credits) or more. Students may obtain employment at the Vet Center, VA Service Office or at other approved state employment facilities. Students are paid at federal or state minimum wage whichever is higher and these payments are non-taxable. The Office of the Veterans Advocate at WVUP is authorized to have two VA work studies. Interested individuals should contact Shawn Healy at 304.424.8337
Veterans Upward Bound
The Veterans Upward Bound Program provides instruction and advising to veterans beginning or returning to college or pursuing a GED. The program provides services to all low income or first generation college-bound veterans. The program offers day and evening classes and operates on an open entry system. To qualify a veteran must have served more than 180 consecutive days on active duty with at least a portion of this service falling after January 31, 1955. Discharge status can be anything but dishonorable in order to participate. Courses offered include English/Reading, Writing/Literature, Math, Basic Computers, Spanish, and Science. For more information please contact Melissa Wall, Veterans Upward Bound Academic Advisor for Parkersburg at www.vubwv.org or at 606.205.1117.