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Service Member Benefit Information

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30. If you’ve served at least 2 years on active duty, find out if you qualify for the MGIB-AD program.

Additional Information

Once a file is established and you are enrolled, monthly verification of enrollment is required of the student by Veterans Affairs (VA). Submit your monthly verification by toll-free touch-tone telephone at 1-877-823-2378 or connect to the Internet site at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) program. If your enrollment has changed during the month, you must verify your enrollment through the WAVE program. Payment can be expected 3-15 days from the date VA was notified of verification. Direct deposits are available. Call 1-800-827-1000. For the hearing impaired, please call 1-800-829-4833.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Link for More Useful Information:

https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/montgomery-active-duty/

Apply for education benefits:

https://www.va.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits/application/1990/introduction

Service Member Benefit Information

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Benefits Include:

  • Tuition & fees payment to the school
  • monthly housing allowance (MHA)
  • An annual books & supplies stipend
  • A one-time rural benefit payment

Additional Information

Generally, the Post 9/11 GI Bill provides benefits for up to 36 months. Veterans are limited to a total of 48 months of combined VA education benefits. Veterans who transfer Montgomery GI Bill benefits to the Post 9/11 program are limited to the amount of months remaining from their Montgomery GI Bill benefit.

Individuals are generally eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for 15 years after the veteran's last day of active duty, following at least 90 continuous days of active duty.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Link for More Useful Information:

https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/post-9-11/

Apply for education benefits:

https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/

Service Member Benefit Information

The 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, Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard. You may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses. Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. VA makes the payments for this program. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Your eligibility for the program normally ends on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.

If your unit is deactivated during the period beginning on October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2014 or you are involuntarily separated (for reasons other than misconduct) you will retain your original period of eligibility which is 14 years from the date of your first 6 year obligation with the selected reserves.

Eligibility

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training, it is necessary to have a six-year commitment that begins after September 30, 1990;
  • Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT);
  • Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement;
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit. You will also retain MGIB - SR eligibility if you were discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.

Additional Information

Once a file is established and you are enrolled, monthly verification of enrollment is required of the student by Veterans Affairs (VA). Submit your monthly verification by toll-free touch-tone telephone at 1-877-823-2378 or connect to the Internet site at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) program. If your enrollment has changed during the month, you must verify your enrollment through the WAVE program. Payment can be expected 3-15 days from the date VA was notified of verification. Direct deposits are available. Call 1-800-827-1000. For the hearing impaired, please call 1-800-829-4833.

Also, please note that kicker rates and college funds are determined by the DOD and are not listed. Chapter 1606 kickers are payable as long as the person remains in the job or unit for which the kicker is awarded.

 U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Link for More Useful Information:

https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/montgomery-selected-reserve/

Apply for education benefits:

https://www.va.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits/application/1990/introduction

Service Member Benefit Information

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The VetSuccess program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.

Services

  • Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment
  • Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services
  • Employment services such as job-training, job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance
  • Assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives and job accommodations
  • Post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school

Benefits Include:

  • Tuition & fees payment to the school
  • monthly housing allowance (MHA)
  • Book Voucher (supplied by School VA Office)
  • A one-time rural benefit payment

Eligibility

Active Duty Service Members are eligible if they:

  • Expect to receive an honorable discharge upon separation from active duty
  • Obtain a memorandum rating of  20% or more from the VA
  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess services

Veterans are eligible if they:

  • Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable
  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least  10%, or a memorandum rating of  20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment on eBenefits.

Basic period of Eligibility

The basic period of eligibility in which VR&E VetSuccess services may be used is 12 years from the latter of the following:

  • Date of separation from active military service, or
  • Date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Link for More Useful Information:

https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Apply for education benefits:

https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Checklist:

New/Transfer Students

  • Be Registered
  • COE (Certificate of Eligibility)
  • DD214
  • Military Transcript
  • Request for Certification 

Returning Students

  • Be Registered
  • Update COE (Certificate of Eligibility) Annually
  • Request for Certification