Veteran Services Center
Service members, veterans and their dependents can use their military
benefits and educational assistance programs at National Park College
to pay for their educational expenses!
Nathan Looper Misty L. Pennington
VA Coordinator VA Administrative Assistant
(501) 760-4151 (501) 760-4123
HOW CAN I CONTACT THE VA
1. Education benefits questions = 1-(888)-442-4551 (1st menu=1, 2nd menu=zero) or www.gibill.va.gov
2. Direct deposit questions = 1-(877)-838-2778
3. Owe money to the VA; Repaying money to the VA = 1-(800)-827-0648
4. Monthly verification = 1-(877)-823-2378 or www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do
Service members, veterans and their dependents seeking to use their VA benefits at National Park College should complete all the necessary paperwork for admission and financial aid, but should contact the VA representative in the Financial Aid Office (Misty Pennington,email@example.com, 501-760-4123) prior to enrolling in classes. Individuals using Veterans Administration benefits are required to follow their chosen degree plan. They should also be aware that dropping a class during a semester will affect their benefits and should discuss this situation with the VA representative prior to dropping a class. In most instances, if courses completed with a passing grade (D or better) are taken again, they will not qualify for benefits.
Please meet with the Registrar about converting military training into college credit hours.
There are a variety of Veterans Administration (VA) programs established to assist military personnel and veterans with acquiring an education. All military personnel and veterans may be eligible for VA benefits. It is important, therefore, that military personnel and veterans become familiar with VA programs and their eligibility requirements so that they can take advantage of educational programs available to them.
Students must contact the appropriate VA office to establish eligibility to receive VA benefits. National Park College will certify your enrollment. This enrollment must be in a "VA Approved" program to receive VA benefits. Therefore, students should follow these steps to receive VA benefits:
Unsure of eligibility?
1) Call the VA at 1-888-442-2551
2) Complete the On-Line Application at
1. Click "Apply for Benefits"
2. Click on "Apply On-Line"
3. Click "Launch VONAPP and Apply for Benefits"
4. Click "New VONAPP User."
5. Click on "VONAPP Account"
6. Complete Form 22-1990 or Ch 35 Recipients Form 22-5490
7. Before submitting, print 2 copies of your application
• One copy for your file
• Present one copy to the NPC Certifying Official
8. Submit VONAPP to the VA
3) Submit other required documents
1. Certificate of Eligibility (VA sends this after VONAPP is submitted)
2. Notice of Basic Eligibility (current service members)
3. Ch 31 recipients - Form 28-1905
Students should contact the VA representative in the Financial Aid Office once the application for benefits and registration for the college is completed. The Veterans Services Office will then issue a Verification of Enrollment (VA Form 22-1999) via VA ONCE to inform the VA that the student is enrolled at NPC and is requesting benefits payments.
VA Students Repeating Courses
Courses that are failed or for which the grade does not meet minimum requirements for graduation may be certified for VA purposes if they are repeated.
Courses that are successfully completed may not be certified for VA purposes if they are repeated. If a program requires a higher grade than achieved, that course may be repeated. For example, if Nursing requires a “B” or better in Biology, then that course may be repeated if a “B” was not earned.
Many schools have a “forgiveness” policy that allows students to repeat a failed or unacceptable course. If the student receives a passing grade, the original grade is “forgiven” and becomes a non-punitive grade. This non-punitive grade does not have to be reported to VA.
Example: A student takes an English course twice and receives “F” and “C”. The “F” is forgiven and becomes non-punitive. This non-punitive grade does not have to be reported to VA.
However, if one of the following situations occurs the non-punitive grade must be reported to VA:
Example: A student takes a math course three times and receives F, F, and C grades. The first F was punitive and not reported; the second F was non-punitive (first bullet) and reported to VA. If the C converts the first F to a non-punitive grade that non-punitive grade doesn’t have to be reported.
Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education (tuition and fees) and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of active duty service on or after September 11, 2001, or for individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Your benefit will be based on your length of active duty service.
Approved training includes both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursements are approved under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
For more details about Chapter 33 view the Department of Veterans Affairs website. To apply, you must complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits.
Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB)
Service members in the Post 9/11 GI Bill program are able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouse or children effective August 1, 2009.
Details about the TEB program are available on the Department of Defense website. To apply, you must complete VA Form 22-1990e, Application for VA Educational Benefits.
Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty
To qualify for Chapter 30 benefits, you must have entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985 and made contributions to the Montgomery Fund while on active duty. A monthly benefit is paid to students based on the training time and/or training program. You may receive up to a maximum of 36 months of benefits under this program. Veterans have 10 years from their discharge date to use the benefits.
If you are enrolled in Chapter 30, you have the option of exhausting your entitlement, then obtaining an additional 12 months through Chapter 33 for a total of 48 months of entitlement. To do this, contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551 to determine when your entitlement exhausts, the best time to apply for Chapter 33 and when to specify for your Chapter 33 benefits be effective. When you complete the VA form 22-1990 state in the "Remarks" section that you wish for this benefit to be effective after your Chapter 30 benefits are exhausted.
Detailed information on the Chapter 30 program is available through the Department of Veteran's Affairs. To apply, you must complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits.
Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation
This program is designed to assist veterans with service-connected disabilities obtain and maintain gainful employment that is consistent with their interests, aptitudes, and abilities and that can be supported through the current labor market. This chapter provides financial support for education (tuition and fees) and housing to individuals.
•Veterans who have received, or will receive, a discharge that is 'other than dishonorable'
•Have a service-related disability rating of at least 10% or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs
•Is in need of vocational rehabilitation due to disability and employment handicap
Facts about Chapter 31
•Entitlement to services is determined on an individual basis following an evaluation of the veteran's unique interests, aptitudes, education, work experience, and vocational abilities
•Vocational Rehabilitation may be provided for up to 48 months
•An eligible veteran generally has 12 years from the date they are notified of entitlement to VA compensation in which to use these benefits
•VA may approve an extension of time and/or length of training in certain cases
•Entitlement to Chapter 31 does not guarantee approval for training or any desired training program
•Chapter 31 does not have to approve Chapter 30 approved training facilities
The Department of Veterans Affairs website has detailed information available regarding the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program.
Chapter 32 - Veteran Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
The Post-Vietnam Veteran's Educational Assistance Program provides education and training opportunities to eligible veterans and active duty personnel who contributed to the program while on active duty. This chapter provides financial support for housing to individuals.
You may be eligible for education benefits if you entered active duty for the first time after December 31, 1976 and before July 1, 1985. While serving, you enrolled and contributed to VEAP and have at least 3 months of contributions available. Benefits end 10 years from the date of your last discharge or release from active duty.
Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserves (MGIB - SR)
If you are a member of the Selected Reserves, you may be eligible for this program. The Selected Reserves includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard. You must have a six-year obligation to service in Selected Reserves and have completed basic training.
A monthly benefit is paid to students based on their training time and/or training program. You may receive up to a maximum of 36 months of benefits. Veterans have 14 years from the date you became eligible for the program in order to use the benefits.
Detailed information on the Chapter 1606 program is available at the Department of Veterans Affairs website. To apply, you must complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits.
Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
REAP provides educational assistance to members of the Selected Reserve (Sel Res) and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) who are called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency. You must have served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 for at least 90 consecutive days to be eligible. If you became injured or have an illness incurred or aggravated in the line of duty and are released from active service before completing 90 consecutive days, you may also be eligible. A monthly benefit is paid to students based on their training time and/or training program.
The educational assistance allowance is a percentage of the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty rate based on the number of continuous days served on active duty. If you are released before 90 days for a disability, you will receive the 40% rate. You may receive a maximum of 36 months of this benefit.
More information about Chapter 1607 benefits is available through the Department of Veteran Affairs website. To apply, you must complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits, listing Chapter 1607 on the form.
The NPC Veteran's Center is proud to offer our veterans the following services!