Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) provides assistance to veterans who have a service-connected disability of at least 20 percent. More information about the eligibility requirements is available on the VA website.

If approved, the program provides for the full cost of tuition, mandatory fees*, books, and supplies. In addition, veterans who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® will receive the housing allowance associated with that benefit while utilizing Vocational Rehabilitation. Eligible veterans may be allowed up to 48 months of full-time benefits.

*Vocational Rehabailitation (Chapter 31) cannot be used to cover the cost of the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan.

Veterans considering switching from the Post-9/11 GI Bill to Vocational Rehabilitation, should consult with the Assistant Director of Educational Financing for Veterans Benefits as well as a representative at the VA, as there may be additional considerations pertaining to an individual situation.

Applying for and Utilizing the Program

Students planning to utilize Vocational Rehabilitation benefits should first notify the Assistant Director of Educational Financing for Veterans Benefits of their decision.

  1. Submit the application for Vocational Rehabilitation benefits to the VA. After completing the form, the applicant will receive written notice of eligibility from the VA, as well as a date and time to meet with a VA representative to review qualifications for the program.
  2. Submit the 28-1905 authorization form, provided by the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, to the Assistant Director of Educational Financing for Veterans Benefits.
  3. Bring the Books and Supplies Certification form, provided by the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, to the Columbia Bookstore and ask to set up a third-party billing account. The student may then take his or her books, and the bookstore will bill Vocational Rehabilitation.
  4. Complete the GS Veterans Request for Certification.

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.