The Montgomery GI Bill Active-Duty (MGIB-AD) program, sometimes known as Chapter 30, provides education benefits to Veterans and Servicemembers who have served at least two years of active-duty service.
Types of Training
The following assistance is approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill:
- apprenticeships or on-the-job training
- certain entrance examinations
- college degree and certificate programs
- co-op training
- correspondence courses
- entrepreneurship training
- high-tech training
- licensing and certification tests
- technical or vocational courses
Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Benefits are generally payable for 10 years following an individual's release from honorable active-duty service.
Available Benefits and Eligibility
Eligible service members may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. The monthly benefit paid to an individual is based on the type of training he or she undertakes while in the service, his or her length of your service, his or her category, any college fund eligibility, and if he or she contributed to the $600 buy-up program. Individuals usually have 10 years to use their MGIB-AD benefits, but the time limit may differ depending on the situation.
$600 Buy-Up Program
Some service members may contribute up to an additional $600 to the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution, the individual may receive up to $5,400 in additional GI Bill benefits. The additional contribution must be made while on active duty.
An individual may be an eligible if he or she has an honorable discharge and a high school diploma or GED or, in some cases, 12 hours of college credit if that person meets the requirements of one of the categories below:
- entered active-duty for the first time after June 30, 1985
- had military pay reduced by $100 a month for first 12 months
- continuously served for two or three years, if that is what the individual first enlisted for, or if he or she entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty and served four years (the 2 by 4 program)
- entered active duty before January 1, 1977
- served at least one day between 10/19/84 and 6/30/85, and stayed on active duty through 6/30/88, (or through 6/30/87 if the individual entered the Selected Reserve within one year of leaving active duty and served four years)
- on 12/31/89, had entitlement left from Vietnam-era GI Bill
- not eligible for MGIB-AD under Category I or II
- on active duty on 9/30/90 AND separated involuntarily after 2/2/91
- or involuntarily separated on or after 11/30/93
- or voluntarily separated under either the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) program
- before separation, had military pay reduced by $1,200
- on active duty on 10/9/96 and had money remaining in a Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) account on that date and elected MGIB by 10/9/97
- or entered full-time National Guard duty under title 32, USC, between 7/1/85, and 11/28/89, and elected the MGIB-AD during the period 10/9/96 - 7/08/97
- had military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months or made a $1,200 lump-sum contribution