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General Checklist

The general checklist is a basic guide to help veterans and family members through the steps necessary to utilize VA education benefits.  Some steps may not apply to every student.  If you have questions about any of the steps and if they apply to you, please contact the VETS Office.

Checklist

VONAPP

The VONAPP (Veterans Online Application) is a web-based form submitted through an official U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website that enables service members, veterans, their beneficiaries, and other designated individuals to apply for education benefits online.

Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)

Yellow Ribbon Program Application

The Yellow Ribbon program assists out-of-state students eligible for 100% Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) by covering the cost of out-of-state tuition.

To qualify:

  • Student must provide proof of 100% eligibility under Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) GI Bill benefits
  • Student must be completely separated from Active Duty service, including terminal leave, prior to the first day of the semester
  • Student must complete the Yellow Ribbon Application and return it to the VETS Office

Yellow Ribbon Application

Tuition Assistance

Add Tuition Assistance tab with link to GoArmyEd.com and a document that I have with instructions on how to add classes to GoArmyEd.com.

For more information contact:

Julie Benson

Education Officer at Ft. Harrison

(406)324-3236

julie.benson1@us.army.mil

Tuition Assitance Instructions

Honorable Discharge Waiver

The Montana Honorably Discharged Veteran Tuition Waiver eliminates tuition costs charged to a qualifying student. It does not, however, waive any other charges.

Eligibility

To qualify for the Montana Honorable Discharged Veteran Tuition Waiver, you must meet all of the following:

  1. Have received an Honorable Discharge.
  2. Have at one time qualified for veterans benefits under Title 38 of the U.S. Code but benefits have expired or been exhausted.
  3. Meet one of the following:
    • Served during a time of war as determined by the Attorney General; or
    • Served subsequent to Vietnam and received an Expeditionary Medal for Lebanon, Grenada, or Panama; or
    • Served in combat theater in the Persian Gulf between 8-22-90 and 4-11-91 and received the SW Asia Service Medal.
  4. Be classified as In-State for admissions purposes.
  5. Have received an Honorable Discharge.
  6. Have at one time qualified for veterans benefits under Title 38 of the U.S. Code but benefits have expired or been exhausted.
  7. Meet one of the following:

                         Served during a time of war as determined by the Attorney General; or

                         Served subsequent to Vietnam and received an Expeditionary Medal for Lebanon, Grenada, or Panama; or

                         Served in combat theater in the Persian Gulf between 8-22-90 and 4-11-91 and received the SW Asia Service Medal.

  8. Be classified as In-State for admissions purposes.

Honorable Discharge Waiver Application

Scholarships

This document lists different scholarships available to veterans and/or family members. Scholarships awarded from outside sources do not affect your GI Bill benefits.

Scholarship Information

FAFSA

Using VA education benefits does not affect you eligibility for Federal Student Aid. Students should apply for FAFSA every year they plan on attending school.

Through Federal Student Aid, you can receive, but are not required to accept, federal grants, loans, and work-study awards.

When completing your FAFSA, funds from VA education benefits such as your monthly stipend do not count as income. They are considered “resources.” All other VA benefits such as compensation, pension, etc. are considered “non-taxable income” and must be documented as such on the form.

FAFSA Application

Tutorial Assistance Program

Tutorial assistance helps the student pay for necessary tutoring and is a supplement to the student’s regular education benefit. Tutorial assistance is available if you are receiving VA educational assistance at the half-time or greater rate and have a deficiency in a subject making tutoring necessary.

Eligibility

Student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Student must be enrolled in a post-secondary program at ½-time or more (Chapter 33 must be “at least 50%”).
  • Student must have a deficiency in a course that is part of his or her approved degree plan.
  • Student must be enrolled in the course during the semester or session. Tutoring may not occur between semesters or sessions or be used in preparation for an upcoming semester.
  • Student must provide the VETS Office with a letter from his or her professor documenting deficiency in the course and that individual tutoring is required to correct this deficiency.
  • Student must use university-approved tutors. Please see department main office for list of tutors.

Please contact the VETS Office if you wish to participate in Tutorial Assistance.

Tutorial Assistance Application

For more information on VA Tutorial Assistance click here.

Joint Service Transcripts

All students with military service are required to submit their military transcripts.  For Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard, submit a copy of your Joint Service Transcripts.  For Air Force, submit your Community College of the Air Force transcripts.

Click here for the joint service transcript website

Instructions for submitting your transcripts can be found on the Gerneral Checklist form.