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    Chapter 35 Benefits/Stipend

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    I am receiving a monthly stipend through the VA Chapter 35 (survivors'/dependents benefits.) I'm fulltime. The certifying official at the university has advised me that if all my classes are via distance technology, the stipend is cut in half.

    I have never seen this anywhere. Before I ask him, could anyone find anything that says that? I've looked and looked. The whole reason I went back to school is I thought I could do most of my classes via distance technology - otherwise my geographic location is going to be a huge handicap.

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    I'm not familiar with Chapter 35 but, as what the official told you is true for the Post 9/11 GI Bill's MHA, it could be true for the Chapter 35. But, he could also be totally confused and not realize that there's a difference between the two benefits.

    If you're not familiar with the Post 9/11, the MHA is equivalent to that of an E5 with dependents at the area code at which the school is in IF you're attending full-time and taking one class on-campus/face-to-face. The MHA is reduced to half the national average if you're attending full-time but not taking at least one class on-campus/face-to-face.

    I'd definitely double check with somebody from the VA or a nearby post's education center to see if this regulation applies to Chapter 35 benefits too.


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    from what I can find the payment for distance learning is cut to 55% for DEA for tuition and costs, dependents do not get MHA on this program.

    I found the info here: Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site | The Home for All Educational Benefits Provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsgirl View Post
    from what I can find the payment for distance learning is cut to 55% for DEA for tuition and costs, dependents do not get MHA on this program.

    I found the info here: Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site | The Home for All Educational Benefits Provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs
    Are you considering distance learning = correspondence courses?

    That's the only thing I see, and the problem with that is they really aren't.
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    you may want to call the VA directly- the DEA is very different from the Montgomery GI bill and the post 9/11 bill. I have a friend who is a certifying official at a major university. I can shoot him an email and ask if you want.
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    I did call the VA - the customer service guy I spoke to said it shouldn't make any difference. Then I went back to the certifying official and he's quoting the MHA rate (the one that's sorta a national average.)

    I THINK it's confusion about what's covered under which, but if you don't mind asking, I'd really appreciate it. I can still change one class if I have to - I'd rather not get pinched.

    Thanks for the feedback.
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    the chapter 35 does not get MHA. it is a flat rate I think 1035 a month for full time.

    the only GI bill that gets the MHA is the Post 9/11.

    and I sent him an email, will let you know what I find out.
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    ok, so I heard back from my friend.

    your certifying official ( LOL and my self) are wrong.

    only the Post 9/11 has the reduced rate for MHA - but there is never a reduced rate for tuition....

    since the Chapter 35 is a "stipend" it is paid at the full rate regardless if it is brick and mortar or all online.
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    THANK you so much for checking on this and getting back to me. I was really upset thinking this might change everything, and I know it's because so many chapters are offered and can be easily confused.

    I am very grateful - please tell your friend thank you as well.

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