US Dept of Veterans Affairs
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
You may qualify for these benefits if you:
- Served after September 16, 1940.
- Have a service-connected disability rated at least 20 percent disabling by the USDVA.
- Need vocational rehabilitation to overcome an employment handicap.
Benefits cover tuition, mandatory fees, books, supplies for a period of time determined by a VA counselor in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. If the authorized enrollment period is extended, the VA counselor will notify the University. Payments are made directly into your University student account. You may also receive a monthly stipend.
Your benefit amount total will be added to your financial aid awards package as need-based aid. Chapter 31 benefits do not affect your eligibility for Federal Pell.
You must meet with a VA counselor to apply for Chapter 31 benefits (not the Office of Military Services at George Mason University). Once the VA counselor determines your eligibility, he or she will send a payment authorization to the Veterans Certification coordinator. Within two business days the coordinator will set up billing information with Third Party Billing and the University Bookstores.