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GI Bill

For information about your GI Bill, go to va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits and search under the appropriate section. You can find information on your GI Bill benefit and what programs are available to you. You can also call 888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551) for questions regarding your benefits.

Montgomery GI Bill

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The Montgomery GI Bill Select Reserve (MGIB-SR) is an educational assistance program enacted by Congress on July 1, 1985, to attract high-quality women and men into the Reserve branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Benefits include college courses, on-the-job training/apprenticeship, or work study.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Six-year contract on/after July 1, 1985
  • Complete any Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT) or Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC)
  • High school diploma or equivalent

Period of Eligibility

  • Starts on the date of basic eligibility, usually after completion of basic training and advanced individual training (AIT), which is annotated on the soldier’s Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
  • Soldiers with a date of basic eligibility prior to October 1,1992 had 10 years to use their MGIB-SR benefit
  • All other soldiers with a date of basic eligibility after October 1, 1992, eligibility ends date of expiration term of service (ETS)

Chapter 30

Active Duty GI Bill

The MGIB-AD is an educational assistance program established on July 1, 1985, to encourage service members to enlist in the active services. U.S. law requires any active-duty member who meets two-year tour eligibility requirement, in-processes for MGIB-AD, and either accepts or declines the benefit. The benefit applies to college courses, on-the-job training/apprenticeships, work study or tuition assistance “top up.”

Eligibility Criteria

  • Entered active duty or AGR on or after July 1, 1985
  • Two years or longer active duty or AGR obligation
  • Served obligated period in an “Honorable” status
  • Based upon your first active-duty tour
  • Contributed the full $1,200

Period of Eligibility

  • Available up to 10 years after last honorable discharge; extended if mobilized

Plus Up Program

Increases Chapter 30 monthly benefit

  • Must be on Active Duty to make contribution
  • Maximum contribution of $600
  • Every $20 contribution increases monthly payment by $5
  • Full $600 contribution increases monthly payment by $150 for full-time student
  • Soldiers on Active Duty will NOT receive the additional payment

Chapter 33

Post 9/11 GI Bill

Eligibility

  • Served at least 90 aggregate days on Qualifying active duty orders (Title 10 or Title 32 AGR except ADOS) after September 10, 2001, and are still on active duty or
    • Were honorably discharged from active duty.
    • Released from active duty and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list
    • Released from active duty for further service in a reserve component of the armed forces
  • May also be eligible if honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served at least 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001.

Payments

Amount received is a percentage based on your length of active-duty service. Amounts shown represent 100% of payment tier level.

Monthly Housing Allowance*

Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is generally the same as the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. MHA is based on ZIP code for the school. There are some rate exceptions.

Books/Supplies Stipend*

A yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.

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