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Accelerated payments for high-technology programs

If you’re enrolled in a high-technology program, find out if you can get a single higher payment (called a “lump sum” or “accelerated” payment) to help cover the higher per-month costs for these types of programs.

Am I eligible for this education benefit?

Your eligibility depends on your service status, program, and tuition cost.

If you’re on active duty

You may be eligible for this benefit if you meet all of the requirements listed below.

All of these must be true:

  • You’re eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) program, and
  • You’re enrolled in a qualifying high-tech degree or non-degree program, and
  • Your tuition and fees cost more than 200% of the monthly amount of educational assistance you would otherwise qualify to get during the certified enrollment period

Find out if you’re eligible for the MGIB-AD program

If you’re in the Reserves

You may be eligible for this benefit if you meet all of the requirements listed below.

All of these must be true:

  • You’re a current Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) recipient or a Reservist using the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program, and
  • You’re enrolled in a qualifying high-tech, non-degree program that lasts for 2 years or less, and
  • Your tuition and fees cost more than 200% of the monthly amount of educational assistance you would otherwise qualify to get during the certified enrollment period

Learn more about the MGIB-SR program

Note: You can’t get this benefit under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program, or the Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP).

What does this benefit include?

Accelerated payments of 60% of tuition and fees for high-cost high-tech programs. These single, lump-sum payments replace the monthly benefits you would otherwise get through the GI Bill.


How do I get this benefit?

Ask your school to include your request for accelerated payment when they send your enrollment information to us.

You must be enrolled in one of these categories:

  • Life science or physical science
  • Engineering (all fields)
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering and science technology
  • Computer specialties

And you must certify that you intend to look for employment in one of these industries:

  • Biotechnology
  • Life science technologies
  • Optoelectronics
  • Computers and telecommunications
  • Electronics
  • Computer-integrated manufacturing
  • Material design
  • Aerospace
  • Weapons
  • Nuclear technology

These programs are approved only for active-duty GI Bill recipients:

1.09 Animal Sciences
01.0901 Animal Sciences, General
01.0902 Agricultural Animal Breeding
01.0903 Animal Health
01.0904 Animal Nutrition
01.0905 Dairy Science
01.0906 Livestock Management
01.0907 Poultry Science

01.10 Food Science and Technology
01.1001 Food Science
01.1002 Food Technology and Processing
01.1099 Food Science and Technology

01.11 Plant Sciences
01.1101 Plant Sciences General
01.1102 Agronomy and Crop Science
01.1103 Horticultural Science
01.1104 Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
01.1105 Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
01.1106 Range Science Management

01.12 Soil Sciences
01.1201 Soil Science and Agronomy General
01.1202 Soil Chemistry and Physics
01.1203 Soil Microbiology
01.1299 Soil Sciences

03.01 Natural Resources Conservation and Research
03.0104 Environmental Science

03.03 Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
03.0301 Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management

03.05 Forestry
03.0501 Forestry, General
03.0502 Forest Sciences and Biology
03.0506 Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
03.0508 Urban Forestry
03.0509 Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology
03.0510 Forest Resources Production and Management
03.0511 Forest Technology/Technician

03.06 Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
03.0601 Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

09.07 Radio, Television, and Digital Communication
09.0702 Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

11. Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
11.0101 Computer and Information Sciences, General
11.0102 Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
11.0103 Information Technology
11.0199 Computer and Information Sciences

11.02 Computer Programming
11.0201 Computer Programming/Programmer General
11.0202 Computer Programming Specific Applications
11.0203 Computer

11.03 Data Processing
11.0301 Data Process and Data Processing Technology/Technician

11.04 Information Science/Studies
11.0401 Information Science/Studies

11.05 Computer Systems Analysis
11.0501 Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst

11.07 Computer Science
11.0701 Computer Science

11.08 Computer Software and Media Application
11.0801 Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
11.0802 Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
11.0803 Computer Graphics
11.0899 Computer Software and Media Applications, Other

11.09 Computer System Networking and Telecommunications
11.0901 Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

11.10 Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management
11.1001 System Administration/Administrator
11.1002 System, Networking and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
11.1003 Computer and Information Systems Security
11.1004 Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

14. Engineering (all programs)
Instructional programs that prepare individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the solution of practical problems.

15. Engineering Technologies/Technicians (all programs)
Instructional programs that prepare individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineering and related projects.

26. Biological and Biomedical Sciences (all programs)
Instructional programs that focus on the biological sciences and the non-clinical biomedical sciences, and that prepare individuals for research and professional careers as biologists and biomedical scientists.

27. Mathematics and Statistics (all programs)
Instructional programs that focus on the systematic study of logical symbolic language and its applications.

29. Military Technologies (all programs)
Programs that prepare individuals to undertake advanced and specialized leadership and technical responsibilities for the armed services and related national security organizations. These include instruction in such areas as weapons systems and technology, communications, intelligence, management, logistics, and strategy.

30.01 Biological and Physical Sciences
30.0101 Biological and Physical Sciences

30.06 System Science and Theory
30.0601 System Science and Theory

30.08 Mathematics and Computer Science
30.0801 Mathematics and Computer Science

30.10 Biopsychology
30.1001 Biopsychology

30.11 Gerontology
30.1101 Gerontology

30.16 Accounting and Computer Science
30.1601 Accounting and Computer Science

30.17 Behavioral Sciences
30.1701 Behavioral Sciences

30.18 Natural Sciences
30.1801 Natural Sciences

30.19 Nutrition Sciences
30.1901 Nutrition Sciences

30.24 Neuroscience
30.2401 Neuroscience

30.25 Cognitive Science
30.2501 Cognitive Science

40. Physical Sciences (all programs)
Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of inanimate objects, processes of matter and energy, and associated phenomena.

41. Science Technologies/Technicians (all programs)
Instructional programs that prepare individuals to apply scientific principles and technical skills in support of scientific research and development.

42.11 Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
42.1101 Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology

42.19 Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology
42.1901 Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology

42.24 Psychopharmacology
42.2401 Psychopharmacology

42.26 Forensic Psychology
42.2601 Forensic Psychology

51.14 Medical Clinical Sciences/Graduate Medical Studies (all programs)
51.1401 Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)

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