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Chapter 31: Veterans Readiness & Employment  (VR&E)

Active Duty Service Members that

  • Expect to receive an honorable discharge upon separation from active duty and
  • Obtain a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the VA

Veterans that

  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% or
  • A memorandum rating of at least 20% from the Department of Veterans Affairs

Basic period of eligibility is 12 years from the latter of the following

  • Date of separation from active military service or
  • Date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating

How to Apply for Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment benefits

  • Electronic submission is the most effective method
    • Step 1: If you haven't registered with eBenefits, follow the prompts to register with eBenefits
    • Step 2: Log into your eBenefits account
    • Step 3: Select "Additional Benefits" from your Dashboard
    • Step 4: Select "Veterans Readiness & Employment Program"
    • Follow the prompts to complete and submit the application for the Veterans Readiness & Employment Program
    • If eligible, a VR&E Counselor will invite you to an orientation session at your nearest VA Regional office. 
      • If after a few weeks, you do not receive an invitation, please feel free to contact the VA Regional Office at 404-929-3152 to check on the status. 
    • During the orientation, the VR&E Counselor will complete a comprehensive evaluation to include:
      • Full assessment of interests, aptitudes, and abilities to assist in selecting the most suitable career path
      • Assessment of how service-connected disabilities may impair your ability to find or hold employment using occupational skills already acquired
      • Identification of services needed to help you gain and maintain a career or become as independent as possible
  • Paper Application: If you would like to complete a paper application, instead of the electronic version, please complete the VA Form 28-1900 and submit to your closest VA Regional Office.
    • If eligible, a VR&E Counselor will invite you to an orientation session at your nearest VA Regional office. 
      • If after a few weeks, you do not receive an invitation, please feel free to contact the VA Regional Office at 404-929-3152 to check on the status. 
    • During the orientation, the VR&E Counselor will complete a comprehensive evaluation to include:
      • Full assessment of interests, aptitudes, and abilities to assist in selecting the most suitable career path
      • Assessment of how service-connected disabilities may impair your ability to find or hold employment using occupational skills already acquired
      • Identification of services needed to help you gain and maintain a career or become as independent as p

Document(s) to submit to the Office of Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs

While email is the most preferred method of submitting documents, if it is not convenient for you, please feel free to submit the document(s) by any one of the following methods:

  • Fax: 678-466-4189
  • Mail: 2000 Clayton State Blvd   Edgewater Hall, Room 105    Morrow, GA 30260
  • In-Office: Please submit to the Front Representative in the Office of Financial Aid (Edgewater Hall, Room 105)
  • Secured Drop Box: Located outside of the Office of Financial Aid  

We also need the VA Approval from the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for specific term. 

Benefits May Include

  • Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment
  • Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services
  • Employment services such as job-training, job-seeking skills, resume development and other work readiness assistance
  • Assistance in finding and keeping a job, including special employer incentives and job accommodations
  • Supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling and medical referrals
  • Independent living services for Veterans unable to work due to the severity of their disabilities
  • Post-Secondary Training
    • Tuition and Fees for required courses
    • Required Books and Software
    • Supplies up to $40
    • Monthly Housing Stipend: Please discuss with VR&E Counselor.  An estimate is provided below:

In order to calculate your benefits, please feel free to use the GI Bill® Comparison Tool.

Rates are subject to change annually. The rate change is usually effective October 1st of each year. The rates reflected below are effective October 1, 2019.

Chapter 31: VA Vocational Readiness & Employment Rates 

  Without Dependents With 1 Dependent With 2 Dependents Additional Dependents
Full Time $644.74/month $799.74/month $942.44/month $68.68
¾ Time $484.45/month $600.68/month $704.61/month $52.83
½ Time $317.66/month $401.62/month $472.08/month $35.24

 

**Under the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, Chapter 31 Students with Chapter 33 Eligibility remaining can receive Chapter 33 Monthly rates. Please feel free to review the information regarding Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

In compliance with The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, Clayton State University does not impose a penalty to Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients nor Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation recipients due to the delayed disbursement of funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).  Clayton State University allows eligible students to attend scheduled courses and receive on-campus services, provided that the student has submitted a copy of the approval for entitlement to education assistance under Chapters 33 (Certificate of Eligibility/Statement of Benefits) and/or Chapters 31 approvals (to include current term).  The approvals should be submitted to Clayton State University's Office of Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs prior to the fee payment deadline.  

If you have any questions or concerns about eligibility or payments, please feel free to contact your VR&E Counselor at 404-929-3152