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Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)
Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) provides assistance to veterans who have a service-connected disability of at least 20 percent and are in need of vocational rehabilitation. You may be eligible for Chapter 31 benefits if you are rated 10% disabled – however it must be determined that you have a serious employment handicap.
Veterans generally have 12 years from the date they are notified of their entitlement to use the program. Eligible veterans may be allowed up to 48 months of full-time benefits. You can find detailed information on the program website.
How to Use Your Benefits
Submit your VA paperwork.
Send a copy of your Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status Form (VA Form 28-1905) to the Financial Aid Department.
If you have never applied for your Chapter 31 benefits, please visit the VONAPP website and complete the online application (VA Form 28-1900). It can take the VA approximately four to six weeks to review your application and assign you a Vocational Rehabilitation Case Manager.
It is your responsibility to contact your Case Manager and set up an appointment to meet in person. During your meeting, your Case Manager will explain what is required from you and authorize the 28-1905 at that time.
You will need to submit the 28-1905 to our Student Finance Department.
Register for your classes.
When you register for your courses at Trident University, choose Veteran Benefits as your method of payment. If you are unable to do so, please inform a VA certifying official that you are planning on using your VA benefits for that session.
Settle your Trident tuition. Upon receipt of your 28-1905, the Student Finance Department will release the financial hold on your course(s). Please contact our Student Finance Department if you have any questions regarding settlement.