The GI Bill of Rights has been providing veterans with the financial support needed to pursue their educational goals since 1944. President Franklin D. Roosevelt created this postwar assistance program to help veterans better reintegrate into civilian life after World War II. The GI Bill® has been transformed throughout the years, but continues to offer veterans the financial assistance needed to continue their education.
The MGIB-AD provides up to 36 months of educational assistance. Benefits are paid based on the type of education pursued, the servicemember’s category, college fund eligibility and whether or not the person contributed to the $600 buy-up program.
In the buy-up program, servicemembers have the option to make an additional $600 contribution to receive increased Montgomery GI Bill benefits. The payment must have been made while serving on active duty and can increase the total amount of GI Bill benefits received by up to $5,400.
MGIB-AD payments can be used for a wide-variety of continuing education programs, including:
The Montgomery GI Bill is available to those who have served at least two years of active duty. There are four different categories of eligibility for MGIB-AD benefits, including:
Participants in all categories must have received a fully honorable discharge and have completed high school or an equivalency program.
Veterans typically have 10 years from their last date of separation from active duty or when they use all their months on entitlement — whichever comes first. The 10-year period can be extended if they were kept from pursuing their education due to a disability or because they were held by a foreign government or power.
Veterans can apply for their Montgomery GI Bill benefits online, visit their local VA regional office, seek assistance from their school’s VA Certifying Official or call 1-888-GI BILL-1 to have the application mailed to them. Qualifying veterans are encouraged to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to gain the skills needed to move on to their next challenge in life.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.