The Montgomery GI Bill provides education benefits to active duty veterans and reservists for up to 36 months for college, vocational, technical and other training and work preparation programs.
This article discusses benefits available to active duty veterans, commonly referred to as Chapter 30. For information about Montgomery GI Bill benefits for reservists, commonly called Chapter 1616, visit the VA website.
You may be eligible for education benefits under Chapter 30 if you:
You are eligible under the first category if you:
You are eligible under the second category if you:
You are eligible under the third category if you:
You are eligible under the fourth category if you:
VEAP is a program in which active duty members can elect to participate and make contributions to while in service. The government puts two dollars into the program for each one dollar contributed by the service member.
The types of educational programs that veterans can get reimbursement for include:
Generally, these benefits are available for 10 years from the date of discharge.
Eligible veterans may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. However, veterans who left service without completing their full enlistment period will be entitled to only one month of education benefits for each month on active duty, not the full 36 months.
Payment amounts vary based on type of training, length of service, type of eligibility, and whether the Department of Defense put "kickers" (extra money) into your fund. View payment rates on the VA Tuition Reimbursement Rates website.
If you opted to participate in the $600 buy up program while on active duty, you are eligible for additional monthly reimbursement. The increased monthly amount is based on how much you paid into the buy up program. To find out what your additional monthly reimbursement will be, see the VA website on Buy-up Rates.
To apply, use VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits. Submit your application to the VA Regional Office that covers the area where your educational institution is located. Make sure to apply within one year after beginning your educational program or course.
If you are eligible for benefits under both the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you cannot receive benefits under both programs; you have to choose one. You can evaluate which program provides the best benefits for the type of program you are interested in pursuing.
It's important to know that if you elect to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, this election is irrevocable. This means you cannot later switch back to receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill. For this reason, it is best not to choose which program to participate in until you know for sure what educational program you would like to enroll in.
Use the VA Benefit Comparison Chart to choose which benefit program may be best for you.