• Veterans Educational Benefits

    Military and Veterans Services provides assistance to Veterans, service members, and their dependents (spouses and children) who are eligible for Veterans educational benefits. We can provide you with information, help you apply for benefits, connect you with local and national resources, and serve as a liaison between you and the Buffalo, NY VA Regional Processing Office.

    Determining your VA Educational Chapter

    Veterans who need to enroll with the MVS facilitator for payment of the Montgomery GI Bill Educational Assistance Benefits (MGIB) will need to know their chapter.

    Chapter 30: This program is for Active Duty Military. (Basic training and annual training are not classified as active duty.)

    Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation/Voc Rehab): This program is for disabled veterans. Veterans need at least 10% Veterans Affairs disability or more to apply. The Department of Veterans Affairs must approve entrance into this program.

    Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill): This program is for Active Duty veterans, or Reserve and National Guard members who have been active for more than 90 days since 9/11/01.

    Transferred Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill): This program is for Active Duty veterans eligible for Chapter 33 who transfer their benefits to dependents. Transfers can only occur during active duty. (If this is your benefit, be clear to the MVS facilitator that it is a transferred benefit.)

    Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance/DEA): This program is for dependents of 100% service-connected disabled Veterans or dependents of Veterans who died in service or of a service-connected disability.

    Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve & National Guard): This program is for Reservist or National Guard Members.

    Educational Assistance Program (EAP): This program provides tuition assistance for students who enter into a service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard. (All questions about this program should be directed to the service member's education officer. EAP is processed by Financial Aid.)

    Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA/TA): This program provides financial assistance to part-time Army Reserve and or National Guard soldiers. (All questions about this program should be directed to the service member's education officer. TA is processed by the Bursar department.)


    GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill