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Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31)

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, and
  • need vocational rehabilitation to overcome an employment handicap.

Benefit guidelines

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 UMD. Payments are made directly into your UMD student account. You may also receive a monthly stipend.

Application requirements

You must meet with a VA counselor to apply for Chapter 31 benefits (not the Veterans Certification coordinator at the University of Minnesota). 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 UMD Stores.