GI Bill® Programs

 

 

Montgomery GI Bill: Selected Reserve Chapter 1606 (MGIB-SR)

1. How Do I Qualify?

  • Sign a six-year service contract or Officer Service Agreement in the Reserve Component on or after 1 July 1985
  • Complete a High school diploma or equivalent
  • Complete IADT or Officer Branch Qualification
  • Continue serving in an active drilling status
  • Not be AGR or on Active Duty Not be flagged for AWOL
  • Not be using a Dedicated Army National Guard ROTC Scholarship

2. What Do I Get?

  • $384 per month for full-time enrollment (1 October 2018)
  • Payment made directly to you each month
  • In most cases benefit eligibility begins once you complete IADT

3. How Do I Apply?

  • Contact your State Education Office and ask for your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
  • Go to https://www.vets.gov/education/apply/ and submit the Veterans Online Application
  • Notify the VA Certifying Official at your school so they can certify your enrollment
  • Continue to verify your enrollment each month online at: https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave

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Montgomery GI Bill “Kicker”

How Do I Qualify?

  • Be eligible for either Chapter 1606 or Chapter 30 GI Bill
  • Agree to serve in a current critical skill/critical unit verified by AUVS or enter an officer commissioning program (ROTC, Officer and Warrant Officer)
  • Enlisted must sign a six year reserve service contract on or after 1 July 1985
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Complete IADT or Officer Branch Qualification
  • Sign a valid Kicker contract
  • Not be on Military Technician or AGR/Active Duty Status
  • Not be flagged for AWOLs
  • Not be using a Dedicated Army National Guard ROTC Scholarship

 

What Do I Get?

  • $350 per month depending on contracted rate
  • Works as supplemental to GI Bill payment
  • Payment made directly to you each monthCan use with any GI Bill but must be eligible for either Ch 1606 or Ch 30 to retain eligibility

 

How Do I Apply?

 

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Reserve Educational Assistance Program Chapter 1607 (REAP)

 

REAP ended (Sunset) for new enrollees on 25 November 2015 and payments will end on 25 November 2019. If you are eligible for REAP, or if you lost eligibility due to the sunset rules, you may be able to convert to the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. Contact the VA for more information at 888-442-4551.

 

How Do I Qualify?

  • 1607 REAP IS NOT AVAILABLE TO NEW ENROLLEES.

 

What Do I Get?

  • A monthly payment to you based on amount of active duty time served
Service on or after 11 September 2001Payment Tier

At least 24 consecutive or 36 cumulative months

80%

At least 12 months but less than 24 months

60%

At least 90 days but less than 12 months

40%

 

  • Maximum monthly payment based on full-time enrollment (Effective October 1, 2018):
    • 80% tier = $1,595.20
    • 60% tier = $1,196.40
    • 40% tier = $797.60
  • Payments are limited by several factors, including:
    • Payment Tier
    • Rate of pursuit (if you are going to school full time, half time, etc.)
    • Use of Federal Tuition Assistance
    • Active Duty/Drilling Status
  • The Buy Up program:
    • IF you choose, you may contribute up to $600 while actively serving.  The contribution will increase your monthly benefit by up to $150 per month
  • This benefit is available for use up to 10 years after your ETS date if:
    • You complete 8 year service obligation in drilling status and discharge directly into a civilian status
    • You receive a General Discharge or higher; or
    • You receive a medical discharge (not due to Soldier misconduct)

 

How Do I Apply?

  • Notify the VA Certifying Official at your school so they can certify your enrollment

 

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Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty Chapter 30 (MGIB-AD)

1. How Do I Qualify?

  • Have qualifying active duty service on or after 1 July 1985 or AGR service after 29 November 1989
    • Complete two years on Active Duty or AGR (Title 10/32) for 80% rate
      • Must complete 20 months before use
    • Complete three yrs on Active Duty or AGR (Title 10/32) for 100% rate
      • Must complete 30 months before use
    • Complete a mobilization of at least two continuous years (730 days)
  • Paying a $1,200 Buy-In
    • If you are on AGR, you can choose to pay in a lump sum or set up deductions from your paycheck of $100/month for 12 months.
    • If you are mobilized, you must pay the $1,200 in a lump sum
    • To Buy-In, contact the GI Bill Support team at: arng.esc.ch30@mail.mil 

 

2. What Do I Get?

  • A monthly payment paid directly to you based on the amount of active duty time served
  • Effective October 1, 2018
  • 3+ years of service = $1,994.00 per month
  • 2-3 years of service = $1,595.20 per month
  • Payments are limited by several factors including:
    • Payment Tier
    • Rate of Pursuit (if you are going to school full time, half time, etc.)
    • Use of Federal Tuition Assistance
    • Active Duty/Drilling Status
  • If on active duty, you can use the benefit as a Top-Up to your Federal Tuition Assistance
    • Top –Up means that FTA will pay first then Ch 30 will pay the cost of tuition and fees that were not covered by FTA, not to exceed your monthly Ch 30 rate
    • Example of Top-Up: 
      Your total tuition is $1,000 for 3 semester hours and you are at the 100% tier:
      -Federal Tuition Assistance will pay $750
      -Ch 30 will pay $250 balance for tuition and fees only
    • You have 10 years from the last day of qualifying active duty time to use this benefit
      • Your 10 year window can be reset if you complete a new period of qualifying time by submitting a VA Form 21-4138 along with your DD 214 to your VA Regional Processing Center
  • OPTIONAL Plus Up program
    • If you choose, you may to contribute up to an additional $600 while in a period of qualifying time. (Must be on Active Duty orders to contribute)
    • The contribution will increase your monthly benefit up to $150 per month
    • Soldiers using Ch. 30 while on Active Duty or AGR are NOT eligible to receive the additional payment

 

3. How Do I Apply?

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Post-9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33

1. How Do I Qualify?

  • Serve at least 90 days in a period of qualifying active duty on or after Sep 11, 2001. Qualifying Active Duty service is:
    • Service in any active component
    • Title 10 U.S.C. Sections 688, 12301(a), 12301(d), 12301(g), 12301(h), 12302, 12304, 12304a, or 12304b
    • Title 10 AGR or Title 32 AGR
    • Title 32 U.S.C., Section 502(f), in which orders state “In Support of Operation Noble Eagle” between 11 Sep 01 – 31 May 02
    • Serve in a qualifying duty status for more than 30 days and separate due to a service-connected disability or injury.
  • Basic Training and AIT can be added to established qualifying time if:
    • You have already completed 24 months of qualifying active duty time; and
    • Your Basic Training and/or AIT occurred on or after 9/11/2001
  • The following service time does NOT qualify for
    Ch 33:
    • Title 32 ADOS/ADSW/FTNGD
    • The Service Obligation from a Service Academy Contract
    • The Service Obligation from a ROTC Active Duty Contract (Dedicated Guard Only)
    • Active Duty used for Active Duty Loan Repayment (Title 10 Sec. 109)
    • Active Duty period receiving less than Honorable discharge
  • Timeline/Expiration of Benefits:
    • If your last day of qualifying Active Duty is on or after 1 Jan 13, your benefits never expire
    • If your last day of qualifying Active Duty is before 1 Jan 13, your benefits expire 15 years from your last day of Active Duty

 

2. What Do I Get?

Qualifying ServicePercentage Teir

At least 36 cumulative months, or Purple Heart recipients 

100%

At least 30 cumulative months

90%

At least 24 cumulative months

80%

At least 18 cumulative months

70%

At least 12 cumulative months

60%

At least 6 cumulative months

50%

At least 90 cumulative days

40%

 

  • Tuition and Fees
    • Up to 100% of in-state tuition if you are attending a public school
    • Maximum payment of $23,671 per year for private or foreign school (as of 1 Aug 16)
  • Book and Supply Stipend (MUST be attending ½ time to qualify)
    • Up to $1,000 per academic year ($41.67/credit hour)
  • Monthly Housing Allowance: 
    • Equal to BAH rate – E-5 with dependents
    • Based on zip code of campus where attending class
    • MUST be attending more than half-time to qualify
    • If attending only online classes: $825
    • AGR and Active Duty Soldiers are NOT eligible for the Housing Stipend

Important!   Payments for all three benefits are pro-rated based on your percentage tier.  The Book and Supply Stipend and Monthly Housing Allowance are also adjusted based on your enrollment (number of credit hours).

3. How Do I Apply?

Notify the VA Certifying Official at your school so they can certify your enrollment

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

 

1. How Do I Qualify?

  • Qualify for the Post-9/11 at any payment tier
  • NOT be flagged for adverse action, APFT/ABCP failure, or as Unsatisfactory Participant
  • Be currently serving the Uniformed Services, with at least six years completed*
  • Have completed fewer than 16 years of service (effective 12 July 2019)*
  • Agree to a four-year service obligation from the date of your transfer request*

*Purple Heart Recipients are exempt from time in service and extension requirements 

  • Transfer to an eligible dependent
    • Spouse and/or dependents must be listed under you in DEERS
    • Transfers to children must be completed before each child’s 23rd birthday (21st birthday if they aren’t enrolled full-time at an Educational Institution)

 

2. What Do I Get?

  • Dependent(s) receive the same tier payment as Soldier
  • Spouses:

May use transferred benefits immediately

  • If your last day of qualifying service is before January 1, 2013, your spouse’s eligibility ends 15 years from the last day of qualifying duty
  • If your last day of qualifying service is on or after January 1, 2013, your spouse’s eligibility never  ends
  • The spouse of a Soldier on Active Duty/AGR is NOT eligible for the Housing Stipend
  • Children:
    • Cannot use the benefit until you have completed 10 years in the Armed Forces
    • Is always paid as if you are in a Non-Active Duty Status
    • Can begin using the benefit on their 18th birthday or upon high school graduation, whichever comes first
  • A child’s eligibility ends on their 26th birthday unless you specify an earlier end date. You can modify and/or revoke months between any dependent you originally transferred months to – even after you separate from service.

 

3. How Do I Apply?

Step 1: Contact the VA

  • Call 1-800-GIBILL-1 and ask the VA rep how many months you have used in each GI Bill program
  • If you are only eligible for one program, subtract those months from 36. This is the number of months you are eligible to transfer.
  • If you are eligible for more than one program, subtract the total months from 48. You may transfer this number of months or 36 months, whichever is less.

Step 2: Complete Extension (If required)

  • Enlisted Soldiers MUST have an ETS date that is four or more years after the TEB request date. If you do not have four years remaining, you will need to extend before your TEB will be approved.
  • Officers’ MRD MUST be four or more years after the request date
  • IMPORTANT! Your TEB request cannot be approved until the ETS/MRD is updated in GIMS.

Step 3: Complete Application for Transfer

  • Complete online application at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/. Must log on with Common Access Card (CAC) or Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS) PIN.
  • Verify your dependents are listed as eligible to receive the transfer
    • Your dependents will be listed in the List of Family Members chart. Dependents with a blue YES on the far right of the chart are eligible to receive the transfer.
    • If your dependent(s) is under 23 years old and has a blue N/A instead of a blue YES, contact your DEERS office to enroll that dependent into DEERS.
  • Click on the blue YES associated with the dependent you wish to transfer to.
    • Enter the number of months you wish to transfer to that dependent
    • OPTIONAL: Enter a Transfer End Date. If left blank, the dependent will receive the longest period of eligibility allowed by law.
    • Click the OK button.
    • Repeat for each dependent you wish to transfer months to.
  • Complete the application by selecting EVERY check box and then click SUBMIT.

Step 4: Access AKO Email and follow TEB email instructions

  • The ARNG GI Bill Support Team will review your application and send approval instructions to your military email (mail.mil account)
  • Once you have met all the requirements, you will receive a “TEB APPROVED” email from the GI Bill Support Team
  • Login to milConnect, review your obligation end date (OED), print your approval form.
  • NOTE: IF YOU VOLUNTARILY SEPARATE FROM THE ARNG PRIOR TO COMPLETING YOUR OED, YOUR TEB WILL BE TERMINATED AND ANY FUNDS PAID TO YOUR DEPENDENTS WILL BE RECOUPED!

Step 5: Dependent Application to VA

  • When ready to attend school, your approved dependent(s) apply for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at https://www.vets.gov/education/apply/.
  • Go to http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp and submit the Veterans Online Application
  • Notify the VA Certifying Official at your school so they can certify your enrollment

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