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Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

If you served at least 2 years on active duty, you may qualify for the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) program. Find out if you qualify.

Can I get education benefits?

You can get education benefits if you were honorably discharged and you meet the requirements of one of categories below.


One of the below categories must describe you

CATEGORY I

All of these are true:

  • You have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit, and
  • You entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985, and
  • You had military pay reduced by $100 a month for the first 12 months of service, and
  • You served for 3 years continuously (no breaks in service), or for 2 years if that was your agreement when you enlisted. Or, if you entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty, you served continuously for 4 years (the 2 by 4 program)
CATEGORY II

All of these are true:

  • You have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit, and
  • You entered active duty before January 1, 1977, or you entered active duty before January 2, 1978, under a delayed enlistment program contracted before January 1, 1977, and
  • You served at least 1 day between October 19, 1984, and June 30, 1985, and you stayed on active duty through June 30, 1988 (or through June 30, 1987, if you entered the Selected Reserve within 1 year of leaving active duty and served 4 years), and
  • You had at least 1 day remaining of chapter 34 entitlement as of December 31, 1989
CATEGORY III

All of these are true:

  • You have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit, and
  • You don’t qualify for MGIB under categories I or II, and
  • Before separation, you had military pay reduced by $1,200

And one of these is true:

  • You were on active duty on September 30, 1990, and you separated involuntarily (not by your choice) after February 2, 1991, or
  • You involuntarily separated on or after November 30, 1993, or
  • You voluntarily separated under either the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) program or the Special Separation Benefit (SSB) program
CATEGORY IV

Both of these are true:

  • You have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit, and
  • You had military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months or made a $1,200 lump-sum contribution (meaning you paid it all at once)

And one of these is true:

  • You were on active duty on October 9, 1996, had money left in a VEAP account on that date, and chose MGIB before October 9, 1997, or
  • You entered full-time National Guard duty under title 32, USC, between July 1, 1985, and November 28, 1989, and you chose MGIB between October 9, 1996, and July 9, 1997

Who’s covered?

Veterans

What benefits can I get?

You may get up to 36 months of education benefits. We’ll pay the benefits monthly and the amount depends on the following factors:

  • Length of service
  • Type of educational or training program
  • Your category (as defined above)
  • Whether you qualify for a college fund or kicker
  • How much you have paid into the $600 Buy-Up program

How do I get these benefits?

Apply online now.

How can I use my MGIB-AD education benefits?

You can use your GI Bill benefits in many ways to advance your education and training.

Work toward a degree:

Train for a specific career, trade, or industry:

Work while you study:

Take classes from home:

Get increased or faster payments:

Use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to compare benefits at schools.
Read the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty pamphlet.

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