Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) provides assistance to veterans who have a service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and are in need of vocational rehabilitation. Vocational rehab covers a student’s tuition and fees, books, school supplies and also pays a monthly housing allowance. Because these funds are paid directly to the university, a protective hold is placed on your account once you have been certified so that you will not be dropped from your classes. You must be certifed prior to 5 p.m. on the date payments are due for this hold to be put in place. Once your Benefits Enrollment form has been certified you will recieve a message through the Veterans Portal notifying you of this (and with your Certification ID #) and that is your way of knowing that a hold is in place. You will continue to recieve notifications about paying that you may disregard once you are certified.
Vocational Rehabilitation does not pay the school directly for non-tuition related costs such as: student health insurance (you must decline student health insurance coverage here or you will be responsible for its cost), dorm costs, meal plans or any other costs that you choose to add to your student account. Please be aware that you will be responsible for paying for these costs out of pocket.
Currently, veterans eligible for this program can choose to receive either the Post 9/11 GI Bill monthly payment amount or the Vocational Rehab Subsistence allowance.
Eligible veterans may be allowed up to 48 months of full-time benefits.
Veterans generally have 12 years from the date they are notified of their entitlement to use their benefits.