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Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation, also known as Chapter 31 or Voc Rehab, provides education benefits to Veterans who have a 20%-100% service-connected disability.

To learn more about these benefits or to see you qualify, please visit VA.gov or call 1-800-827-1000.

How do I use my Chapter 31 benefits at FDTC

If you have not received VA benefits before and are not a continuing student at FDTC:

  • Complete an application and be accepted into FDTC
  • Obtain VA Form 28-1905 from your Voc Rehab counselor and bring it to the Veterans Services Office at FDTC
  • Bring a copy of your schedule to the Veterans Services Office at FDTC

If you have received VA benefits before, but are not a continuing student at FDTC:

  • Complete an application and be accepted into FDTC
  • Update your school with your Voc Rehab counselor and provide a VA Form 28-1905
  • Bring a copy of your schedule to the Veterans Services Office at FDTC

If you have received VA benefits before and you are a continuing student at FDTC:

  • Bring a copy of your schedule to the Veterans Services Office at FDTC 

The veteran assumes full responsibility when registering for courses. Veterans will only be certified for VA benefits in courses that are required for graduation in their curriculum. Contact your advisor if you have questions concerning curriculum requirements. The student will be responsible for reimbursing the VA if an overpayment situation occurs.

Important Reminder

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), FDTC adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (CH 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (CH 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. FDTC will not:

  • Prevent the student’s enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to;
  • Require student secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny their access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

 However, to qualify for this provision, students may be required to:

  • Provide Chapter 33 Certificate of Eligibility (or its equivalent) or for Chapter 31, VA VR&E’s contract with the school on VA Form 28-1905 by the first day of class.

Note: Chapter 33 students can register at the VA Regional Office to use E-Benefits to get the equivalent of a Chapter 33 Certificate of Eligibility. Chapter 31 student cannot get a completed VA Form 28-1905 (or any equivalent) before the VA VR&E case-manager issues it to the school.

  • Provide written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies.

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