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Are There Any Stipends for Books I Can Get Under Chapter 35?

Q: I’m going to get the Chapter 35 VA benefit. My question is that amount is just enough to cover tuition. Are there any stipends out there to help with books, supplies, etc.?

A: Starting on 1 October, 2010, the Chapter 35 rate goes to $936 per month. You should have gotten 45 months of entitlement when you were approved for the program. Unfortunately, there isn’t a book stipend with it. That only comes with the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

There are other sources of funding, such as grants, scholarships and vouchers, that provide money to use as you wish, which you could use for books and supplies. It takes some searching to find them, but they are out there.

Also, some schools have work/study programs where you can earn money in the form of credit and then buy books using credits from your account. And then there is always the old standby of getting a part-time job. It would only take a few hours per week to generate enough income to buy the books and supplies you need for each term.

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