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GI Bill and other education benefit eligibility

Learn about GI Bill eligibility requirements and find out if you can get these benefits. VA education benefits can help you pay your tuition, pick out a school, choose a career, and more. If you’re an active-duty service member or Veteran, a member of the National Guard or Reserves, or a qualified survivor or dependent, find out if you can get VA education benefits through the GI Bill and other educational assistance programs.

Can I get VA education benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill?

You may be able to get benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill if you’ve served on active duty for at least 90 days, whether continuous (all at once) or interrupted (for shorter periods over time), after September 10, 2001.
Learn more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill

Can I get VA education benefits through the Montgomery GI Bill?

You may be eligible for benefits through one of our 2 Montgomery GI Bill programs.

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

You can get benefits through MGIB-AD if you served at least 2 years on active duty and you meet all of the requirements listed below.

All of these must be true. You:

  • Were honorably discharged, and
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit, and
  • Meet other requirements

Learn more about MGIB-AD

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

You can get benefits through MGIB-SR if you’re a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserves, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard, and you meet all of the requirements listed below.

All of these must be true. You:

  • Have either a 6-year service obligation (you agreed to serve 6 years) in the Selected Service, or
  • Are an officer in the Selected Reserve who agreed to serve 6 years in addition to your initial service obligation, and
  • Meet other requirements

Learn more about MGIB-SR

Can I get VA education benefits through other programs?

You may be able to get help paying for school tuition, testing fees, and advanced licensing and certifications through other VA educational assistance programs. You may also be able to get entrepreneurship training to help start or improve a small business.

Learn more about advanced training and certifications

Learn about other educational assistance programs

Can I get Educational and Career Counseling through VA?

You may be able to get Educational and Career Counseling (also called Chapter 36) if you’ll be discharged from active duty within 6 months. You may also qualify for these services if you separated from active duty not more than 1 year ago, didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge, and qualify as a Veteran for educational assistance under a VA educational program.
Learn more about Educational and Career Counseling

If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits and services—like help exploring employment options and getting more training if required.

Find out if you qualify for Vocational Rehab and Employment

What should I do if I received an other than honorable, bad conduct, or dishonorable discharge?

If you’ve received one of these discharge statuses, you may not be eligible for VA benefits.

There are 2 ways you can try to qualify:

Find out how to apply for a discharge upgrade
Learn about the VA Character of Discharge review process

Can my spouse or dependent children get VA education benefits?

In some cases, the dependent or surviving spouse and children of a Veteran can get educational assistance through a GI Bill program.
Learn more about Survivors’ and Dependents’ Assistance

Also, if you haven’t used all of your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, you may be able to transfer up to 36 months of benefits to your spouse or a dependent child.
Learn more about transferring benefits

If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, your dependent family members may be eligible for Educational and Career Counseling—and other support—through the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program.
Learn more about vocational rehab services for dependent family members


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Learn more about how to apply for education benefits

Note: To apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment or educational and career counseling benefits and services, you’ll need to use a different application.

Find out how to apply for Vocational Rehab and Employment
Learn more about Educational and Career Counseling