Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)

Regular Army: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet

Summary

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible Service members and Veterans for programs such as: college, business, technical, or vocational school; apprenticeship / on-the-job training; correspondence courses; remedial, deficiency, and refresher training (in some cases); and flight training. You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be fewer or more years depending on the situation.

Eligibility

Retired Service members and former active duty Service members that have separated from service may be an eligible Veteran for MGIB-AD benefits if they have an honorable discharge; AND 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 below:

CATEGORY I

  • Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985

  • Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for first 12 months

  • Continuously served for three years or two years, if that is what you first enlisted for or if you entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty and served four years (the 2 by 4 program)

CATEGORY II

  • Entered active duty before January 1, 1977

  • Served at least one day between 10/19/84 and 6/30/85, and stayed on active duty through 6/30/88, (or through 6/30/87 if you entered the Selected Reserve within one year of leaving active duty and served four years)

  • On 12/31/89, you had entitlement left from Vietnam-era GI Bill

CATEGORY III

  • Not eligible for MGIB under Category I or II

  • On active duty on 9/30/90 AND separated involuntarily after 2/2/91

  • OR involuntarily separated on or after 11/30/93

  • OR voluntarily separated under either the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) program

  • Before separation, you had military pay reduced by $1,200

CATEGORY IV

  • On active duty on 10/9/96 AND you had money remaining in a VEAP account on that date AND you elected MGIB by 10/9/97

  • OR you entered full-time National Guard duty under title 32, USC, between 7/1/85, and 11/28/89, AND you elected MGIB during the period 10/9/96 - 7/08/97

  • Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months or made a $1,200 lump-sum contribution

Benefit Highlights

The Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (MGIB-AD) provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible Service members on active duty and Veterans for a variety of programs. Service members generally have ten years after they leave active duty to use MGIB-AD benefits.

Education programs that qualify under the GI bill include:

  • Attending classes that lead to a college degree like an Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate Degree

  • Vocational programs that lead to a degree or certificate

  • Accredited independent study such as online or internet training

  • Correspondence training (55% of approved costs)

  • On-the job (OJT) or apprenticeship training - reimbursed at:

    • 75% of the fulltime GI Bill rate for the first six months of training

    • 55% for the second six months

    • 35% for the remainder of the training

    • Service member also receives a salary from employer

  • Flight training - up to 60% of approved charges (must have private pilot license and valid medical certificate)

  • Licensing & certification up to $2,000.00 per exam - pass or fail

  • Entrepreneurship classes offered through the Small Business Development Center or the National Veterans Business Development Center

  • High cost tech courses - up to 60% of the charges may be reimbursed

Payment Rates are based on a number of factors, including:

  • Length of Service member's original enlistment

  • Type of training taken

  • Amount of classes Service member is enrolled in

  • Participation in the GI Bill $600.00 buy-up program

  • Participation in a college fund program

  • Rates determined by Congress which usually change each fiscal year

Current Payment Rates:

The following rates are effective as of 1 October 2017.

For Service members enrolled in full time institutional training:

  • A full time student who had an original enlistment of three years or more is eligible for $1,928.00 per month.

  • A full time student who had an original enlistment of less than three years is eligible for $1,566.00 per month.

If a Service member is enrolled for less than full-time institutional training, the rate is adjusted proportionally:

  • A 3/4-time student who had an original enlistment of three years or more is eligible for $1,446.00 per month.

  • A 3/4-time student who had an original enlistment of less than three years is eligible for $1,174.50 per month.

  • A 1/2-time student who had an original enlistment of three years or more is eligible for $964.00 per month.

  • A 1/2-time student who had an original enlistment of less than three years is eligible for $783.00 per month.

For Service members enrolled in apprenticeship and on-the-job training who had an original enlistment of three years or more :

  • First six months of training are paid $1,446.00 per month

  • Second six months of training are paid $1,060.40 per month

  • The remainder of training is paid $674.80 per month

If a Service member is enrolled in apprenticeship and on-the-job training, who had an original enlistment of less than three years:

  • First six months of training are paid $1,174.50 per month

  • Second six months of training are paid $861.30 per month

  • The remainder of training is paid $548.10 per month

Correspondence and Flight

  • A student who had an original enlistment of three years or more is eligible for an entitlement charged at the rate of one month for each $1,928.00 paid.

  • A student who had an original enlistment ofless than three years is eligible for an entitlement charged at the rate of one month for each $1,566.00 paid.

Cooperative

  • A student who had an original enlistment of three years or more eligible for $1,928.00

  • A student who had an original enlistment ofless than three years is eligible for $1,566.00

$600 Buy-Up Program. Some Service members may contribute up to an additional $600 to the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution, you may receive up to $5,400 in additional GI Bill benefits. The additional contribution must be made while on active duty. View increased monthly rates and contact your personnel or payroll office.

How to Apply:

Service members can apply online through the Veterans Affairs website or by filling out VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits . Service member's unit will provide DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility, when Service member becomes eligible for the program and will code the eligibility into the Department of Defense personnel system so VA may verify.

Additional Information

For more information Child Development Centers, please visit:
https://www.myarmyonesource.com/childyouthandschoolservices/cyssystemofcare/childdevelopmentcenters/default.aspx

In addition, location of Child Development Centers on Army installations may be located on the Resource Locator Library on MyArmyBenefits:
http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Home/Benefit_Library/Resource_Locator.html

Additional Information

Children of retired Army Soldiers are not eligible for childcare at Child Development Centers located on military installations.

Additional Information

The Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (MGIB-AD) provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible Service members on active duty and Veterans for a variety of programs. Service members generally have ten years after they leave active duty to use MGIB-AD benefits.

Education programs that qualify under the GI bill include:

  • Attending classes that lead to a college degree like an Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate Degree

  • Vocational programs that lead to a degree or certificate

  • Accredited independent study such as online or internet training

  • Correspondence training (55% of approved costs)

  • On-the job (OJT) or apprenticeship training - reimbursed at:

    • 75% of the fulltime GI Bill rate for the first six months of training

    • 55% for the second six months

    • 35% for the remainder of the training

    • Service member also receives a salary from employer

  • Flight training - up to 60% of approved charges (must have private pilot license and valid medical certificate)

  • Licensing & certification up to $2,000.00 per exam - pass or fail

  • Entrepreneurship classes offered through the Small Business Development Center or the National Veterans Business Development Center

  • High cost tech courses - up to 60% of the charges may be reimbursed

Payment Rates are based on a number of factors, including:

  • Length of Service member's original enlistment

  • Type of training taken

  • Amount of classes Service member is enrolled in

  • Participation in the GI Bill $600.00 buy-up program

  • Participation in a college fund program

  • Rates determined by Congress which usually change each fiscal year

Current Payment Rates:

The following rates are effective as of 1 October 2018.

For Service members enrolled in full time institutional training:

  • A full time student who had an original enlistment of three years or more is eligible for $1,994.00 per month.

  • A full time student who had an original enlistment of less than three years is eligible for $1,619.00 per month.

If a Service member is enrolled for less than full-time institutional training, the rate is adjusted proportionally:

  • A 3/4-time student who had an original enlistment of three years or more is eligible for $1,495.00 per month.

  • A 3/4-time student who had an original enlistment of less than three years is eligible for $1,214.25 per month.

  • A 1/2-time student who had an original enlistment ofthree years or more is eligible for $997.00 per month.

  • A 1/2-time student who had an original enlistment of less than three years is eligible for $809.50 per month.

For Service members enrolled in apprenticeship and on-the-job training who had an original enlistment of three years or more :

  • First six months of training are paid $1,495.00 per month

  • Second six months of training are paid $1,096.70 per month

  • The remainder of training is paid $697.90 per month

If a Service member is enrolled in apprenticeship and on-the-job training, who had an original enlistment of less than three years:

  • First six months of training are paid $1,214.25 per month

  • Second six months of training are paid $890.45 per month

  • The remainder of training is paid $566.65 per month

Correspondence and Flight

  • A student who had an original enlistment of three years or more is eligible for an entitlement charged at the rate of one month for each $1,994.00paid.

  • A student who had an original enlistment of less than three years is eligible for an entitlement charged at the rate of one month for each $1,619.00paid.

Cooperative

  • A student who had an original enlistment of three years or more eligible for $1,994.00

  • A student who had an original enlistment of less than three years is eligible for $1,619.00

$600 Buy-Up Program. Some Service members may contribute up to an additional $600 to the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution, you may receive up to $5,400 in additional GI Bill benefits. The additional contribution must be made while on active duty. View increased monthly rates and contact your personnel or payroll office.

How to Apply:

Service members can apply online through the Veterans Affairs website or by filling out VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits. Service member's unit will provide DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility, when Service member becomes eligible for the program and will code the eligibility into the Department of Defense personnel system so VA may verify.

Document Review Date: 30 November 2018