Military Education Benefits

About VA Education Benefits at CGI

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) is committed to helping veteran, active-duty, guard and reserve personnel achieve their education goals and maximize military education benefits. Our goal is to make education as affordable possible for all of our students. With no out-of-state tuition, no hidden fees, and flexible payment options, our competitive tuition has nothing to hide.

Individuals entitled to VA benefits under the education programs (chapters 30, 33, 35, and 1606) as well as the Veteran Readiness & Employment program (chapter 31) can use their benefits to attend Doctor of Behavioral HealthIntegrated Behavioral Health certificate (specialities: AdultGerontologyLeadershipMilitary Families and Veterans, and Women’s Health), and Trauma Informed Care certificate programs at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies.

CGI honors Air Force benefits, Army benefits, Coast Guard benefits, Marine Corps benefits, and Navy benefits as well as military spouse benefits. It is our ultimate goal to give service members the opportunity to receive life-changing healthcare career training.

VA Education Benefits

Montgomery G.I. Bill® – Active Duty & Veteran

YMGIB provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans for college, business, technical, vocational or correspondence courses. Active-duty members who have served at least two years on active duty and veterans can qualify for these benefits.


Montgomery G.I. Bill® – Selected Reserves

MGIB provides up to 36 months (four regular school years) of education benefits to eligible veterans for college, business, technical, vocational or correspondence courses. Active-duty members who have served at least two years on active duty and veterans can qualify for these benefits.


Loan Repayment (LRP)

Your service may partially or fully repay college loans. Typically, this is for enlisted members only. Factors such as your branch, MOS and terms of your contract will determine your eligibility.


Tuition Assistance “Top-Up” Program

This benefit is intended to supplement other tuition assistance programs such as the G.I. Bill®. The benefit is available for all courses that began on or after October 30, 2000. To be eligible, you must be approved for federal tuition assistance by a military department and be eligible for MGIB – Active Duty benefits.


Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

These military education benefits can be used toward degree, certificate, correspondence or apprentice/on-the-job training programs and vocational flight training programs. If you meet all these requirements, you may qualify:

  • Entered service for the first time between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985
  • Opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987
  • Contributed $25-$2,700
  • Completed first period of service
  • Discharge/release was not dishonorable

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeships and on-the-job training available at CGI. These education and training opportunities are available to eligible dependents of certain veterans. You must be the son, daughter or spouse of a service member who died, is missing or was permanently disabled while on duty or as a result of a service-related condition.


How to Access VA Education Benefits

New and current students seeking VA education benefits must apply through the VA at and be accepted to an SAA-approved program. To get started, contact the Veterans Affairs Educational Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 first to determine the status of your educational benefit or contacting them via email by submitting a question found on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website at

After your educational benefits are determined, set up an appointment with the VA Certifying Official at CGI, by contacting

Have a question? Visit the VA Education Benefits FAQ page for commonly asked questions.

Financial Assistance Options at CGI

Cummings Graduate Institute works hard to make tuition affordable and accessible for our students. Financial assistance options including payment plans and institutional scholarships are available in addition to accepting VA funding including G.I. Bill® benefits, veteran spouse benefits and disabled veteran education benefits. Learn more about payment options.

Please contact the Finance Department at 480-285-1761 x2 or at for more information on CGI payment plans and financial assistance options.


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The totally online DBH program offered by Cummings Graduate Institute of Behavioral Health Studies is focused on the professional I have grown into: a synergistic disrupter for the healthcare industry, who is passionate about Wholistic Healthcare (e.g., health, behavioral health, and Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health), rendered skillfully through interprofessional teams. The program pillars of medical literacy, integrated behavioral health interventions, and entrepreneurship resonate loudly with me. The healthcare industry will continue to change, with doctoral level professionals needed to play a major role in any successful transformation. My goal is to further advance my knowledge-base, professional standing, and industry commitment to be part of these transformational efforts. In this way I can heed the Quadruple Aim: assuring quality-driven patient-centric care is rendered at the right time, through the right population-based treatment processes, at the right cost, and by empowered professionals embracing the work and committed to their charge.

Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP DBH Candidate, Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies March 11, 2020