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The following is a brief summary of some common programs. For more information about these and other programs, please visit the GI Bill Website.
The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) – Active Duty is a program for individuals who have been on Active Duty since 07/01/1985, and who paid into an education fund for one year. They receive 36 months of full-time benefits.
Vocational Rehabilitation is for disabled service-connected veterans. Each school is assigned a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist who will assist both the veteran and the School’s Certifying Official. More Information
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Post 9/11 Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 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. It also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents. More Information
The Dependents Educational Assistance Program is the only benefit for individuals without military service. It is for the dependents of a member of the Armed forces who died while on active duty or as the result of a disability that VA has determined as service-connected, or is 100% permanently and totally disabled for a service-related reason. Dependents receive up to 45 months of full-time benefits.
Dependents have a VA file number or claim number that is related to the parent or spouse under whom they are eligible.
The Montgomery GI Bill - Selective Reserves (formerly Chapter 106) is for individuals in the Selected Reserve or National Guard (not active duty). They must be currently and actively drilling and under a six-year contract. They are only eligible for benefits as long as they remain in the reserves.
To receive accurate and timely information regarding your VA benefits, it is highly recommended that you sign up for an e Benefits account. You can apply for and manage all of your VA benefits from this one site. E Benefits
Joint Service Transcripts
The (JST) Joint Services Transcript has replaced the Coast Guard Institute Transcript, the Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) and the Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART). JST is an academically accepted document approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) to validate a service member's military occupational experience and training along with the corresponding ACE college credit recommendations. All military transcripts need to be submitted for admission. To request your official transcripts click here.
Timelines and Payment Information
After initial certification, please be advised that it takes approximately six weeks before the first payment to arrive. Students will receive their benefits check at the end of each month. Reminder: Students are paid in the rear for educational benefits. (e.g., September payment is for August). Please take this in to account when planning your personal finances.
To avoid a delay in payment, notify us of any changes in academic program, course load, address, marital or dependent status, and of withdrawal from one or more courses.
Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, to include National Guard and Reserves. This benefit may pay up to 100% of the tuition expenses of its members. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes, and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the college or institution by the individual services. For additional information, contact your Base/Post Education Center or follow the link below for your particular service/component:Air Force Army Navy Marine Corps
Coast Guard National Guard Reserve
Additionally, active duty members may elect to use the MGIB “Top-Up” in addition to their service-provided TA to cover high-cost courses.