• Oct 23, 2020
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Education


College and University Certifying Officials

Benefit Category: Nevada

Approved Colleges, Universities, Trade schools and Apprenticeship.

Each facility contact information is located under List of Officials.

See below the following links selecting a school in Nevada:

The certifying official can provide you guidance on how to apply for your benefits and what the requirements to attend specific programs that the facility offers.

On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Programs

Benefit Category: Federal

What is On-the-Job Training?

On-the-Job Training (OJT) is training you receive while actually performing a job and earning wages, as well as receiving your G.I. Bill benefits. OJT programs normally range from six months to two years in length. Some examples of OJT are: Welder, Painter, Cook, Pressman, and Auto Mechanic.

What is Apprenticeship Training?

Apprenticeship Training is on-the-job training coupled with theoretical related instruction. You receive your G.I. Bill benefits while working full time and earning wages. Apprenticeship programs are normally from two to five years in length. Some examples of currently approved apprenticeship programs are: Carpenter, Electrician, Brick Layer, Asbestos Worker, Plumber, Iron Worker, Corrections Officer, Machinist, and Maintenance Mechanic.

State Apprenticeship Council

If you do not have a job, or if you are not working in the occupation you want, contact your local Job Service. The Veteran’s Employment Representative should be able to find an employer who can offer the kind of training you need to reach your occupational goal.

Related Resource(s)

On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Fact Sheet (PDF)

For more information about On-The-Job Training and Apprenticeships, click here: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/onthejob_apprenticeship.asp

Operation Recognition

A Program For WW II Through Vietnam Veterans

You can receive your high school diploma through this special program.

In 2003, during the 72nd Session of the Nevada Legislature, Assembly Bill 52, Operation Recognition, was passed. This bill provides for Nevada School Districts to issue a standard high school diploma to certain veterans. To receive this high school diploma, a veteran must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States during WW II through the Vietnam Era, between the dates of September 16, 1940 and May 7, 1975. A veteran, a guardian of a disabled veteran, or a member of a deceased veteran’s family, on behalf of the deceased veteran, may submit an application.

Please download the Operation Recognition document. In it you will find the requirements to qualify and the instructions for submission to the Nevada Office of Veterans Services.

Download Application Packet (PDF)

Other Education Resources

Benefit Category: Federal

Tools and Resources

Find VA approved institutions of higher learning

Factors to Consider When Choosing a School: A guide before using the GI Bill®

Related Resource(s)

U.S. News University Directory provides everything you need to increase your earning potential with an online education, online degree program, or traditional on-campus degree. Search associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, online MBA programs, doctoral and PhD degrees, and certificate programs as well. When reviewing the campus-based programs, schools, and online degree programs offered you will be able to select from the largest database of online schools and universities, including many ranked among the best in the nation.

Be aware that the “Finding Your Perfect School" application requires personal information such as address, phone number, and email address. This information DOES NOT need to be submitted to search for information contained on the website.

Disclaimer: Through the Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of the NDVS. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.

Spouse and Dependent Scholarships

Benefit Category: Federal

Allied Van Lines Scholarship: Annually, 2 recipients will be awarded $1,000 towards their education. Any servicemen, veteran, or military dependent majoring in logistics, as well as equivalent majors such as business, business operational management, and other like majors can apply for this scholarship.

The American Legion: The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs.

American Legion Auxiliary

    • Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship:  The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors the Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship to support the children of our warriors. These scholarships are awarded to 15 students annually who excel in academics and volunteer in their communities.
    • Non-Traditional Student Scholarship:  This scholarship helps people who are part of The Legion Family pursue a college degree later in life or allow them to pick up where they left off when their studies were interrupted. If you’re at this place in life, this may be the right scholarship for you.
    • Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund:  The Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund is an umbrella that supports three separate scholarship opportunities for participants in American Legion Auxiliary programs. One is for American Legion Auxiliary Junior members; another is for the Honorary National Junior President; and one is for participants in the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation program.

Army Scholarship Foundation:  The Army Scholarship Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to providing college scholarships to deserving children of current and former members of the U.S. Army, and to spouses of currently serving soldiers.

Army Emergency Relief

Dependent Children Scholarship Program:  The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program is a need based scholarship program established to assist children of Army Soldiers on federal active duty, retired, or deceased on active duty or while retired to obtain a 4-year undergraduate degree.

Fisher House Foundation Scholarship Programs

    • Scholarships for Military Children Program:  Created in recognition of the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community. It is the intent of the program that a scholarship funded through contributions be awarded annually for each commissary operated by the Defense Commissary Agency worldwide.
    • Heroes' Legacy Scholarships program:  Honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under age 23.

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund:  Students are eligible if they are the dependent child of an active duty service member who was killed or permanently disabled (100%) rating as the result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently certified as POW or MIA. See application form and scholarship rules for complete eligibility details.

General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program:  These $2,000 grants are awarded to selected sons and daughters of Active Duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses of active duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their full-time undergraduate studies.

Horatio Alger Scholarship:  Since 1984, Horatio Alger Association Members and Friends have been funding need-based college scholarships to support deserving young people to overcome their adversity and pursue their dreams through higher education.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation:  Provides scholarships for post-high school education and career training to all qualified deserving sons and daughters of Marines and Navy Corpsmen with particular attention given to children whose parent has been killed or wounded in  action and those who have demonstrated financial need.

Military.com Money for School: While looking for money for school many service members, veterans, and their families tend to overlook more than $300 million of military — and veteran — related scholarships and grants. These scholarships often go unclaimed.  Don't let “scholarship mythology" stop you from applying for education money. Learn the truth about using scholarships to help cover your education costs.

National Military Family Association's Military Spouse Scholarships:  The program is to help prepare military spouses for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family’s financial security.  Scholarship funds are for military spouses only (active duty, retiree, Reserve, National Guard, and/or survivor). You must prove you are a military spouse by providing a copy of your marriage certificate and other applicable documents.

North American Van Lines Scholarship:  Any serviceman, veteran, or military dependent majoring in logistics, business, or management can apply for this scholarship. This scholarship will award 2 students with $1,000 to the school of their choice.

The Purple Heart Scholarship: The Purple Heart Scholarship is available to the recipient of a Purple Heart; a direct descendant of a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart or of a veteran killed in action or who died of wounds; or a spouse or widow(er) of a recipient of the Purple Heart.

The Retired Enlisted Association's (TREA) National Scholarship program:  TREA members are proud to be able to offer these scholarships to high school students with a parent, grandparent or great-grandparent who is or was a member in good standing (deceased or otherwise).

VA Mortgage Center Scholarship:  Strives to enhance lives by recognizing the selfless contributions of service members and their families through support of such individuals in need.  Despite the aid of benefits like the GI Bill, the ever-increasing expense of a post-secondary degree is one of the greatest challenges facing so many of our nation's finest, and in an effort to address this need, Veterans United Foundation has established the Veterans United Foundation Scholarship program.

Student Veterans of America Scholarship

VFW Scholarship

TAPS Educational Assistance

VA EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

State Approving Agency

State Approving Agency (SAA)
In order for a veteran, reservist or dependent to utilize their VA Education Benefits at a place of postsecondary education, training, or license and certification, the program must be approved by a State Approving Agency.

The Nevada Commission of Postsecondary Education has designation by the State of Nevada to approve training programs in accordance with standards and provisions of Chapters 30, 32, 33, 24, 25 and 36 of Title 38, U.S.C., and Chapters 1606 of Title 10, U.S.C.

Mission of the SAA
Our mission is to ensure that every eligible veteran, reservist/National Guard member, and other eligible persons are afforded the opportunity to pursue their educational or vocational program goals to their full potential. The Nevada State Approving Agents will work to protect the eligible person’s right to a quality education or a quality training program.

Primary Responsibilities
The State Approving Agencies (SAAs) were established from the GI Bill of Rights. Title 38, U.S. Code, Chapter 36, Administration of Education Benefits, authorizes the establishment of SAAs. 38 CFR, 21.4151(b) summarizes SAA responsibilities under the law. They are:

  • To inspect and supervise schools and training establishments within their state;
    To determine programs of education and training that may be approved for veterans;
  • To determine whether a school or training establishment at all times complies with established standards; and
  • To render services and obtain information necessary for the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) to approve or disapprove courses of education offered by any agency of the Federal Government within their states.

The Commission on Postsecondary Education’s State Approving Agency (CPE/SAA) is responsible for program approval and oversight for an expectation is allowed per the regulation:

  • Public, proprietary profit and non-profit institutions of higher learning with academic and professional degree and certificate programs
  • Apprenticeship programs – formal training leading to journeyman status
  • On-the-job training programs – supervised job instruction programs
  • Flight schools – programs for vocational flight training
  • High Schools
  • Licensing and Certification Tests

Under Nevada Administrative Code 394.375, all facilities seeking approval must comply with The Commission on Postsecondary of Education Regulations unless an expectation is allowed per the regulation:

Regulatory Authority

NAC 394.375  Applicability of regulations to institutions approved for the training of veterans. (NRS 394.411)  Any institution licensed by or under the jurisdiction of an agency of government which seeks approval to offer training to veterans or which has been approved for the training of veterans is subject to the regulations of the Commission, if the agency of government has no criteria, or where the criteria are less stringent than that of the Commission. The regulations of the Commission apply to contested cases concerning approval of programs for the training of veterans. Regulations of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs may supersede the Commission’s regulations and policies when applied to institutions approved for the training of veterans.

Student Complaint Inquiry

Benefit Category: Federal

The student complaint inquiry website (known as the GI Bill Feedback System allows students to submit complaints about a school on a variety of issues to include recruiting and marketing, quality of education, grade policies and just about any other issues they find concern with.

Who should submit a complaint?

If you or your family member receives tuition assistance or is a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Scholarship recipient, you are encouraged to submit feedback at the Military One Source website.

If you are not using TA or MyCAA education benefits, please submit your complaint to the appropriate agency:

When to submit a complaint

You may submit a complaint if your school is failing to follow the Principles of Excellence. This initiative is designed to empower you and your family members to report misleading or unfair actions by education institutions. Examples of education related issues may include, but are not limited to, misrepresentation or deceptive actions concerning multiple unsolicited phone calls or emails used as a high-pressure recruitment tactic, false representation about degree programs, misleading statements regarding accreditation or promoting costly private or institutional loans.

When feedback is received, agencies will contact the school on behalf of the student and work toward a resolution. Complaints and their resolution will be forwarded to the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Sentinel Network, accessible by over 650 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies for use in enhancing and coordinating law enforcement investigations.

To file a complaint against a postsecondary institution, use this Commission on Postsecondary Education form.

Commission on Postsecondary Education

VA - GI Bill Information

Benefit Category: Federal

The Education and Training site was designed for Active service members, Veterans, Reservists, Guard members, and Dependents for quick access to a whole host of GI bill information to include:

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.

Chapter 35 Benefits

Fry Scholarship 

The Yellow Ribbon Program

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® will pay:

  • The Yellow Ribbon is only available to Colleges and Universities and that the program is voluntary and may not be eligible at all institutions.
  • All resident tuition & fees for a public school
  • The lower of the actual tuition & fees or the national maximum per academic year for a private school.
  • An exception to this exists for students enrolled in private schools in AZ, MI, NH, NY, PA, SC or TX. In these cases they will pay the lower of the actual tuition & fees or the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition & fees

For more information see the Yellow Ribbon Program Pamphlet (PDF).

Post 9/11 GI Bill Comparison Tool

Now you can find information online about Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits and the schools and training programs available to education beneficiaries. The new tool was developed with the assistance of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Defense and the Department of Education. The GI Bill® Comparison Tool provides key information about college affordability and brings together information from more than 17 different online sources and three federal agencies, including the number of students receiving VA education benefits at each school.

Transfer of Post-9/11 GI-Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB)

The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Service members to transfer unused benefits to their spouses or dependent children.

Official DoD Website for Information on Transferability

Factsheet on Transferability of Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits (PDF)

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30. Current payment rates. For more information see the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty Pamphlet (PDF).

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Current payment rates. For more information see the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve Pamphlet (PDF).

Principles of Excellence

The Principles of Excellence is part of Executive Order 13607 signed by President Obama on April 12, 2012. The Executive Order encourages schools to provide additional helpful information in order for Veterans to better understand the schools they are attending. To find out if your school is currently participating in Principles of Excellence, you can go to: http://department-of-veterans-affairs.github.io/gi-bill-comparison-tool/

Housing Allowance

When will I receive an increase or decrease in my Monthly Housing Allowance based on Basic Allowance for Housing changes?

You can also apply for your benefits here: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp

GI Bill or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Student

VA - Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service

Benefit Category: Federal

The Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service program is authorized by Congress under title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program.

Veterans

You may receive vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.

VA's Education and Career Counseling program is a great opportunity for Service members and Veterans to get personalized counseling and support to help guide their career paths, ensure the most effective use of their VA benefits, and achieve their goals.

Veteran Scholarships

Benefit Category: Federal

AMVETS

  • AMVETS National Scholarship Programs: The AMVETS National Scholarship Program is available to financially assist veterans who have exhausted government aid, or who might not otherwise have the financial means to continue their education.
  • AMVETS Scholarship and Tuition Discounts: AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans/active military, their sons, daughters or grandchildren. A son, daughter or grandchild of a deceased veteran is also eligible. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need, the scholarships go to deserving high school seniors, high school JROTC students and veterans pursuing a higher education.

AFCEA Educational Foundation Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans Scholarship: Scholarships of $2,500 are offered to active-duty and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans and reservists and National Guard personnel of the Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations.  Candidates must be actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in an eligible major at accredited two- or four-year institutions in the United States.  Distance-learning or online programs affiliated with a major U.S. institution are eligible.

Allied Van Lines Scholarship:  Annually, 2 recipients will be awarded $1,000 towards their education. Any servicemen, veteran, or military dependent majoring in logistics, as well as equivalent majors such as business, business operational management, and other like majors can apply for this scholarship.

Army Women’s Foundation:  The Foundation’s Legacy Scholarship program recognizes the importance of education and helping recipients to achieve their educational goals. The Legacy Scholarship program offers financial support to Army women and their lineal descendants in four areas: Technical Certificate programs, Community College coursework, Undergraduate Degrees, and Graduate Degrees.

Approved Schools:  A non-profit education group and website that helps active duty and military veterans find approved schools so they can use their military education funding at a quality school. We partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project and have a lot of new scholarships that can be presented to as many people as possible.

ASU Veterans Education Fund:  Through the gifts of anonymous donors, the ASU Veterans Education Fund was established to offer multiple scholarships. The contributors are devoted to the success of veterans nationally and at Arizona State University. Awards will be based on a student’s financial need, level of effort and the potential to complete his or her program of study.

Medical Financial Aid opportunities:  ACLS Medical Training has compiled a list of various scholarship and financial aid opportunities to help in paying for healthcare education.

Search for Scholarships:  While looking for money for school many service members, veterans, and their families tend to overlook more than $300 million of military — and veteran — related scholarships and grants. These scholarships often go unclaimed.  Don't let “scholarship mythology" stop you from applying for education money. Find millions of dollars in scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community!

North American Van Lines Scholarship:  Any serviceman, veteran, or military dependent majoring in logistics, business, or management can apply for this scholarship. This scholarship will award 2 students with $1,000 to the school of their choice.

The Purple Heart Scholarship:  The Purple Heart Scholarship is available to the recipient of a Purple Heart; a direct descendant of a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart or of a veteran killed in action or who died of wounds; or a spouse or widow(er) of a recipient of the Purple Heart.

VA Mortgage Center Scholarship:   Strives to enhance lives by recognizing the selfless contributions of service members and their families through support of such individuals in need.  Despite the aid of benefits like the GI Bill, the ever-increasing expense of a post-secondary degree is one of the greatest challenges facing so many of our nation's finest, and in an effort to address this need, Veterans United Foundation has established the Veterans United Foundation Scholarship program.

Veterans of Foreign Wars: VFW and Sport Clips Haircuts have again partnered to help our veterans and their families. The VFW “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program will provide service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to help complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. It's just another way to say “thank you" to those who deserve it the most!. Visit the site to learn more or contact your local VFW.

Veteran/Service Member Resident Status/In-State Tuition Rate

NSHE – REGULATIONS FOR DETERMINING RESIDENCY AND TUITION CHARGES (PDF)

Non- Resident Tuition Exemption

  • Any active duty member of the United States Armed Forces who is stationed in Nevada.
  • Any active duty service member who has a permanent change of duty station to a state other than Nevada as well as their spouses and dependent children; they will remain classified as Nevada residents for tuition purposes as long as they remain continuously enrolled at a Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institution.

Purple Heart Recipients-Nevada

POW/MIA Benefits for Children and Spouse-Nevada Specific

  • The child may use the waiver for ten years after he/she attains the age of 18 unless he/she enrolls in an NSHE prior to age 18 then it is ten years after the date of enrollment.
  • The spouse may use this benefit for up to ten years from the date on which the service member was identified as a prisoner of war or missing in action.

Nevada National Guard

  • Nevada National Guard can attend public institutions with a tuition waiver (some fees can be waived depending on the institution).
  • Contact the school’s Veteran Office for more information.