Military service offers a tremendous array of education benefits that can be used while you are on active duty or after you leave the service. A good education is essential for your career both in uniform and out, so take advantage of the education benefits you've earned.

Summary of Education Benefits

The following tables include a brief summary of each of the major education benefits offered to service members, veterans, and, in some cases, their families. Follow the associated links to learn more details about each program.

Department of Veteran Affairs Benefits

Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides up to 36 months of education benefits. If your release from active duty was before Jan. 1, 2013, there is a 15-year time limitation for use of benefits. For individuals whose last discharge date was on or after Jan. 1, 2013, the time limitation has been removed. The following payments also may be available:

  • Monthly housing allowance

  • Annual books and supplies stipend

  • One-time rural benefit payment

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If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program.

 

  • A Tuition and Fee Payment that is paid to your school on your behalf

  • A Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) stipend of up to $1431 per full month for full-time institutional training (as of Oct. 1, 2018)

  • A Books and Supplies Stipend of up to $1,000 per year

Post-9/11 GI Bill® Transferability Option (Chapter 33)

The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® allows service members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The request to transfer unused GI Bill® benefits to eligible dependents must be completed while serving as an active member of the Armed Forces. The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family.

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Eligible service members may transfer all 36 months or the portion of unused Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits (unless DoD or the Department of Homeland Security has limited the number of transferable months). If you're eligible, you may transfer benefits to the following individuals:

  • Your spouse

  • One or more of your children

  • Any combination of spouse and child

  • A Tuition and Fee Payment that is paid to your school on your behalf

  • A Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) stipend of up to $1431 per full month for full-time institutional training (as of Oct. 1, 2018)

  • A Books and Supplies Stipend of up to $1,000 per yea

Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (Chapter 30)

Eligible service members may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, any college fund eligibility, and if you contributed to the $600 buy-up program. You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be fewer or more years depending on the situation.

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You may be an eligible if you have an honorable discharge; AND you 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 four categories.

Monthly stipend of up to $1,994 per full month for full-time institutional training (as of Oct. 1, 2018)

Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606)

MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components, and VA makes the payments.

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To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training, it is necessary to have a six-year commitment that begins after Sept. 30, 1990.

  • Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT).

  • Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement.

  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit. You will also retain MGIB-SR eligibility if you were discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.

Monthly stipend of up to $384 per full month for full-time institutional training (as of Oct. 1, 2018)

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

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You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:

  • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.

  • A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.

  • A service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.

  • A service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.

  • A service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability. This change is effective Dec. 23, 2006.

Monthly stipend of up to $1,224 per full month for full-time institutional training (As of Oct. 1, 2018)

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31)

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program has two key goals. First, to assist the service-disabled veteran to prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment. Second, for those persons who are severely disabled and that gainful employment is not an option, assistance may be provided to allow that person to live more independently in his or her community.

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Active Duty service members are eligible if at least one of these is true:

  • Have a 20 percent or higher pre-discharge disability rating (memorandum rating) and will soon leave the military

  • Are participating in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) process or awaiting discharge due to a medical condition resulting from a serious injury or illness that occurred in the line of duty

Veterans are eligible if they:

  •  Have received a discharge that is other than dishonorable

  •  Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent from VA

  •  Apply for VR&E services

Varies on Case Manager's discretion