Veterans Resource Center Educational Benefits

VA Benefits

Do you need help understanding Veterans benefits and the Forever GI Bill? No problem. The GCC Veterans Resource Center assists veterans on receiving your full set of VA benefits. It can be confusing the first time you are applying for veterans benefits. We are here to help you with this process. Veteran services are provided through the Office of Admissions and Records and Veteran Resource Center. Here, the veterans’ staff provides assistance to veterans and eligible dependents in qualifying for educational benefits and in planning educational programs.

Do I Renew My Benefits Each Semester?

It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Glendale Community College Veterans Center each semester that he/she wants his/her educational benefits to continue. It is not an automatic process.

You can read more about the different Chapters below and if you have any questions about VA benefits, don't hesitate to give us a call and ask for assistance.

Post 9/11 GI
Post-9/11 and Forever Gi Bill

Post 9/11 Benefits are for Veterans (or Dependents when benefits have been transferred) from service member who has served on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

Benefits may be received when taking approved programs offered by a school within the United States that has been authorized to grant an associate’s degree or higher.

Learn more on Post 9/11 GI

Montgomery GI Bill

If you served a minimum of 2 years of active duty you may qualify to use this benefit. Please use the link below to check your eligibility.

Learn more on the Montgomery GI Bill.

Selected Reserve

This chapter is for spouses/ Dependents whose military sponsor died as a result of hostile enemy actions or who has a service connected disability that classifies them as permanently disabled.

Learn more on Selected Reserve

Forever GI Bill

The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, also known as the “Forever GI Bill,” will bring significant changes to Veterans education benefits over the coming years.

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Forever GI Bill Changes

The Forever GI Bill made a number of changes to veterans benefits. Make sure to check with us if you don't fully understand all the changes on the VA website. Some of the changes from the Forever GI Bill include:

VA is now authorized to restore benefits and provide relief to education beneficiaries affected by school closures or certain disapprovals. This means payments of educational assistance will not be charged against an entitlement of educational assistance, or counted against the total period for which a beneficiary may receive educational assistance under two or more programs, if VA finds that the individual was unable to complete such course or program of study as a result of:

  • the closure of an educational institution; or
  • the disapproval of the course or a course that is a necessary part of that program by reason of a new law, regulation, or policy implemented after the individual enrolls.
  • not receiving credit, or losing training time, toward completion of the program being pursued.

Removes the time limitation for the use of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for individuals whose last discharge or release from active duty is on or after January 1, 2013, children of deceased Servicemembers who first become entitled to Post-9/11 GI Bill program benefits on or after January 1, 2013, and all Fry spouses.

All others remain subject to the current 15-year time limitation for using their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

VA will improve outreach and transparency to Veterans and Servicemembers by providing information on whether institutions of higher learning administer a priority enrollment system that allows certain student Veterans to enroll in courses earlier than other students. 

Members of the Reserve who established eligibility to educational assistance under the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) before November 25, 2015, and lost it due to the sunset provision may elect to have that service credited towards the Post-9/11 GI Bill program. 

Beneficiaries will now be able to use their Post-9/11 educational assistance to pursue accredited independent study programs at the following educational institutions that are not institutions of higher learning (IHLs): area career and technical education schools that provide postsecondary level education and postsecondary vocational institutions. 

Removes the expiration date of June 30, 2022, for certain qualifying work-study activities for which an individual may be paid an additional educational assistance allowance. These activities include outreach services for an SAA, providing hospital and domiciliary care and medical treatment to Veterans in a State home, or performing an activity relating to the administration of a national cemetery or a state Veterans' cemetery.

For more information on the changes from the Forever GI Bill visit the VA Benefits website.

Vocational Rehab

This is for veterans with a service connected disability with a rating of at least 10% from the VA. This benefit has to be applied and approved through the VA to be granted. It has to be proven that your service connected disability was caused or made worse by your service and hinders your ability to work in that career field.

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Dependents GI

This chapter is for spouses/ Dependents whose military sponsor died as a result of hostile enemy actions or who has a service connected disability that classifies them as permanently disabled.

Learn more on Dependents GI