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Veterans Affairs (VA) Chapter 31 – VR&E

Veteran Readiness and Employment Benefit Summary

Below is a snapshot of how the Department of Veterans Affairs processes Veteran Readiness and Employment benefits and their general eligibility requirements. Our VetSuccess on Campus Counselor may be able to help you determine your eligibility for this benefit. You may also contact the Department of Veteran Affairs directly at (800) 827-1000 to determine your eligibility.

  • Veterans with service-connected disabilities may be eligible. A service-connected disability rating of at least 10% or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is required.
  • Must be used within 12 years of either the date of separation from active military service or the date in which the veteran was first notified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of a service-connected disability rating.
  • Can cover up to 100% of tuition and fees. A monthly subsistence allowance may be available as well.

How to use your VR&E (Ch. 31) Benefits:

Step One: Determine Your Eligibility

You may contact the Department of Veterans Affairs by phone at (800) 827-1000 to determine your eligibility. Our VetSuccess on Campus counselor is also available to help you determine your eligibility for this benefit.

You may apply for Veteran Readiness and Employment by completing and submitting VA Form 28-1900 to the Department of Veterans Affairs directly.


Step Two: Your VA Counselor is Assigned

Once approved, you will be assigned a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in your state.


Step Three: Authorization is Issued to Liberty University

Your U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor must issue an Authorization Form to Liberty University’s Office of Military Affairs, which allows you to register for courses and authorizes Liberty University to post aid to your student account in a given term or year. These forms may not be emailed or faxed, but must be submitted by your Counselor through the Tungsten Network.


Step Four: Payment is Posted, Complete Financial Check-In

Once we receive the Authorization Form from your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and you have enrolled in courses, the Office of Military Affairs will certify your enrollment to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and post a projected credit to your account. This process typically takes 3-5 business days and you will receive an email to your Liberty email account at that time. You will then need to complete Financial Check-In to secure your enrollment for the semester. Please see our Financial Check-In Guide for more information on this process.

Please be aware this credit will remain in a projected status until the actual payment is received through our invoicing process. The invoicing process begins the week after the D sub-term’s add/drop period each semester. Projected credit cannot be used to process a refund of financial credit, so this means students using other forms of financial aid along with their VR&E benefit may experience a delay in receiving a full refund of the financial aid credit as a result of this. Once the invoicing process is complete and the payment has been fully authorized on the account, any additional refund due on the account can then be released according to the university’s refund process.


Step Five: Order Your Books

If your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor has approved book purchases as required for your courses on your Authorization Form, a book voucher will automatically be processed for you. If you have any questions about using this voucher or the amounts, please send an email to VRE@liberty.edu.