Active duty or not, you can qualify for up to 36months of educational benefits through the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), Chapter 30. These benefits can be used for college, technical business, or vocational school, correspondence or refresher courses, on-the-job training, and, in some cases, even flight training, as well as providing the money to pay for licenses, tests, or certifications.
Are You Eligible?
Active duty members of the Army are eligible for GI benefits after only two years of service. If you are separated from service, you may be eligible if you:
- entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985 AND;
- earned a high school diploma or GED before the end of your first service contract AND;
- received an honorable discharge AND;
- continuously served for 3 years, OR
- served 2 years if that was your first enlistment OR if you have a 4 year Reservist obligation.
The Application And Award Process
To apply for education benefits, request VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits, from your unit. You can also apply online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp. You have 10 years from your eligibility date to collect these valuable benefits.
Benefits can vary depending upon your category, length of service and the type of training you are pursuing. Occasionally, the DOD will “kick” extra money into your MGIB Fund, providing you with an even better benefits package.
Currently, the monthly benefit for a full-time, approved institutional program is $1321 per month for those with three or more years of service.
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