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Last Revision: January 30, 2024

Veteran Readiness and Employment Service (VR&E), Chapter 31 Funding

As a veteran, you may be entitled to Veteran Readiness and Employment Service (VR&E), Chapter 31, education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. VR&E benefits allow the student to receive benefits that may cover the cost of tuition, fees, and related education expenses. VR&E may also pay a stipend for course enrollments, based on your enrollment status.

If you are interested in determining your eligibility for this program, you may call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 and ask about Veteran Readiness and Employment Service benefits. You may also learn more online by visiting http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOCREHAB/index.asp. From this site, you can also apply for the benefit online. If it is determined by the VA that you are eligible, the VA will direct you to a VA Regional Benefit Office (in your local area) to meet with your assigned VR&E counselor to review your goals and be approved to begin enrolling in courses.

Once you’re approved for Veteran Readiness and Employment Service benefits, your VR&E counselor will need to submit a Purchase Order authorization for educational benefits to APUS using the Tungsten Network portal. This Purchase Order authorization will allow APUS to grant course access for upcoming registrations and submit your enrollments (22-1999) to your VR&E counselor.

We recommend that your VR&E counselor submit a Purchase Order authorization with starting and ending dates to supply you with an authorization to coincide with our monthly course start dates to allow you the flexibility to schedule courses based on your personal schedule (courses start the first Monday of each month).If you have any questions, or if we can be of further assistance, please contact [email protected].

The State Divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides grants to states to support a wide range of services designed to help individuals with disabilities prepare for and engage in gainful employment consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice. Eligible individuals are those who have a physical or mental impairment that results in a substantial impediment to employment, who can benefit from vocational rehabilitation (VR) services for employment, and who require VR services. Priority must be given to serving individuals with the most significant disabilities if a state is unable to serve all eligible individuals.

If you are a disabled civilian, please go to https://rsa.ed.gov/about/states for more information regarding Vocational Rehabilitation benefits.

If you have any questions regarding how to use your Vocational Rehabilitation benefits at APUS, please contact us at [email protected].