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Montgomery GI Bill, Chapter 30

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) program, commonly known as Chapter 30, provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following a veteran's release from active duty. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. The monthly benefit paid is based on the type of training taken, length of service, and whether the Department of Defense (DOD) put extra money in the veteran's MGIB Fund (called "kickers").

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible, a veteran must have an honorable discharge, a high school diploma or GED or, in some cases, 12 hours of college credit, and meet the requirements of one of the categories below:

  • Category I: Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985; paid $1,200 into the MGIB program; and continuously served for 3 years, or 2 years if that is what the veteran first enlisted for, or 2 years if the veteran entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty and served 4 years ("2 by 4" Program);
  • Category II: Entered active duty before January 1, 1977; served at least 1 day between October 19, 1984 and June 30, 1985, and stayed on active duty through June 30, 1988, (or June 30, 1987 if the veteran entered the Selected Reserve within 1 year of leaving active duty and served 4 years); and on December 31, 1989, the veteran had entitlement left from Vietnam-Era GI Bill;
  • Category III:  Not eligible for MGIB under Category I or II; on active duty on September 30, 1990 and separated involuntarily  after February 2, 1991; or involuntarily separated on or after November 30, 1993; 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;
  • Category IV:  On active duty on October 9, 1996, had money remaining in a VEAP account on that date, and elected MGIB by October 9, 1997; or entered full-time National Guard duty under Title 32, U.S.C., between July 1, 1985 and November 29, 1989, and elected MGIB during the period of October 9, 1996, through July 8, 1997; had military pay reduced $100 a month for 12 months or made a $1,200 lump-sum contribution.

​U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue
Washington, DC 20420
Phone: (888) GI BILL1 (442-4551)
Website: http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/index.html

Contact your local CVSO for more information: www.cacvso.org 

To be eligible, a veteran must have an honorable discharge, a high school diploma or GED or, in some cases, 12 hours of college credit, and meet the requirements of one of the categories below:

  • Category I: Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985; paid $1,200 into the MGIB program; and continuously served for 3 years, or 2 years if that is what the veteran first enlisted for, or 2 years if the veteran entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty and served 4 years ("2 by 4" Program);
  • Category II: Entered active duty before January 1, 1977; served at least 1 day between October 19, 1984 and June 30, 1985, and stayed on active duty through June 30, 1988, (or June 30, 1987 if the veteran entered the Selected Reserve within 1 year of leaving active duty and served 4 years); and on December 31, 1989, the veteran had entitlement left from Vietnam-Era GI Bill;
  • Category III:  Not eligible for MGIB under Category I or II; on active duty on September 30, 1990 and separated involuntarily  after February 2, 1991; or involuntarily separated on or after November 30, 1993; 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;
  • Category IV:  On active duty on October 9, 1996, had money remaining in a VEAP account on that date, and elected MGIB by October 9, 1997; or entered full-time National Guard duty under Title 32, U.S.C., between July 1, 1985 and November 29, 1989, and elected MGIB during the period of October 9, 1996, through July 8, 1997; had military pay reduced $100 a month for 12 months or made a $1,200 lump-sum contribution.

​You may be an eligible veteran if you have an honorable discharge, a High School Diploma or GED or in some cases 12
hours of college credit, and you meet the requirements of one of the categories below:

  • Category I: Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985; paid $1200 into the MGIB program; and
    continuously served for 3 years, OR 2 years if that is what you first enlisted for, OR 2 years if you entered the
    Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty and served 4 years (“2 by 4” Program).

  • Category II: Entered active duty before January 1, 1977; served at least 1 day between October 19, 1984 and June
    30, 1985, and stayed on active duty through June 30, 1988, (or June 30, 1987 if you entered the Selected Reserve
    within 1 year of leaving active duty and served 4 years); and on December

 

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