Military and Veteran Students


Berkeley College is committed to helping servicemembers, veterans and their families succeed.

Our Office of Military and Veterans Affairs will be with you every step of the way.

Getting started
We proudly support the GI Bill®* and Yellow Ribbon Program. Berkeley College also adheres to the terms of Executive Order 13607, The Principles of Excellence, and supports the United States Department of Education’s 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success, and the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding.

Academic assistance
Flexible academic programs can help accommodate your situation, and you may be eligible for credit for prior learning. Tutoring is available at no additional charge.

Social support
We offer many programs, resources, and activities for military aligned students, including:

Awards and acknowledgments

Talk to us. We’re here to help.

To learn more about opportunities for military and veteran students at Berkeley College, visit:

BerkeleyCollege.edu/Military/

Benefits

Chapter 35 GI Bill Benefits
The Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. Visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/DEA.asp for more information. 

Chapter 35 Payment Rates
Educational Assistance Allowance for trainees under the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35 of title 38, U.S.C.). The following basic monthly rates are effective October 1, 2014.

Institutional Training

Training Time
Monthly Rate 
Full Time  $1,018.00
3/4 Time   $763.00
1/2 Time  $506.00
Less than 1/2 time and more than 1/4 time  $506.00**
1/4 time or less   $$254.50**


Fry Scholarship
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) pays eligible dependents up to 36 months of the full, 100% level, of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This includes the tuition and fee payment, a monthly housing allowance, and a books and supplies stipend. For more information on payment rates click here.

Currently the Fry Scholarship is only available for children of servicemembers who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. For more information click here.

Effective January 1, 2015 the Fry Scholarship will be expanded to surviving spouses of military personnel who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.


Comparison Chart

  DEA Fry Scholarship 
Benefit Payments Monthly amount paid directly to the student. The current monthly payment for full-time training is $1,018. Tuition $ Fee Payment (Paid to the School)- Full in-state tuition costs covered for training pursued at public institutions. Up to $20,035.02 per year at private institutions. 

Monthly Housing Allowance (Paid to Student)- Stipend based on local Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for E-5 with dependents and paid monthly. Online students receive half of the BAH national average. 

Books and Supplies Stipend (Paid to Student)- Up to $1,000 a year for books and supplies. Paid to the student proportionately for each term.  
Duration of Benefits Surviving Spouses of those who died in the line if duty may use benefits for up to 20 years from the Servicemember's date of death.

Children can normally receive benefits between the ages of 18 and 26. 
15 years from the Servicemember's date of death.

Can normally receive benefits between the ages of 18 and 33. 
Maximum Months of Benefits  45 months  36 months
Concurrent Receipt of DIC and Education Benefit for Spouse  Yes  Yes
Programs Covered
  • College, Business, Technical, or Vocational Programs

  • Certification Tests

  • Apprenticeship/On-the-Job Training 

  • Tutorial Assistance 

  • Work Study

  • College, Business, Technical, or Vocational Programs 

  • Certification Tests

  • Apprenticeship/On-the-Job Training 

  • Tutorial Assistance 

  • Work Study 

Transfer of Benefits
Chapter 33 benefits may be transferred to your spouse and/or dependent if you meet certain qualifying criteria.

Eligible Individuals:

All applications will be submitted through the Transferability of Educational Benefits (TEB) website, located at https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/.  Servicemembers will be able to securely access this site with a Common Access Card, a DoD Self Service User ID, or a Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) PIN.  Currently this application may be accessed only with Internet Explorer.

MyCAA (Military Spouse Career Advancement Account)
The Department of Defense offers financial assistance for education, training and/or occupational license and credentials to eligible spouses and/or dependents of servicemembers serving on active duty Title 10 orders in the paygrades of E1-E5, O1-O2, or W1-W2. For more information click here

Military Parade

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).