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MGIB education benefits overview

The 2008 Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Act included important provisions increasing benefits available through the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) by approximately 20%, for those who qualify. MGIB has provisions for both Active Duty and Selected Reserve service members and veterans.

MGIB Chapter 30 (MGIB-AD) provides up to 36 months of education benefits if you entered active duty after June 30, 1985. You may be an eligible veteran if you have an Honorable Discharge, and you have a High School Diploma or GED or in some cases 12 hours of college credit, and you meet the requirements of one of the categories as outlined by the VA. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

MGIB Chapter 1606/1607 (MGIB-SR) program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

For more information about benefits and current payment rates under the Montgomery GI Bill, please visit the VA's website.

Information on benefits for veterans using MGIB-AD and MGIB-SR

In general, veterans and service members who may be eligible for Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) education benefits under Chapter 30 would have entered Active Duty after June 30, 1985; completed at least 2 years continuous active service; contributed $1200 to the program during their first year of service; have received a high school diploma or GED; and received honorable discharge. Recipients may also qualify through other categories including: Service after June 30, 1985; Vietnam Era GI Bill Conversion; Involuntary Separation/Special Separation; and Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), outlined on the VA's website.
The Reserve GI Bill, MGIB-SR (Seleted Reserve) education benefits are generally available to members of reserve elements of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, and members of the  Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. To be eligible a participant must:  have a 6-year obligation in the Selected Reserves or National Guard signed after June 30, 1985, or if an officer, agree to serve 6 years in addition to the original obligation; complete initial active duty for training; have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before applying for benefits; and remain in good standing in a Selected Reserve or National Guard unit.
The Reserve Educational Assistance Program provides assistance to members of the National Guard and reserve components (Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve) who are called or ordered to active duty service in response to a war or national emergency as declared by the President or Congress.

The entitlement period under the MGIB is up to 36 months.
For more detailed information about the Montgomery GI Bill and all of the programs available under the Bill, please visit the VA's website.