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Military Education Benefits Guide: MGIB - Active Duty

MONTGOMERY GI BILL® - ACTIVE DUTY (Chapter 30)

The Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty program/ Chapter 30—provides education benefits to service members who have at least two years of active duty service.

Chapter 30 may be used for college degrees and certificate programs, technical or vocational courses, flight training, apprenticeships or on-the-job training, high-tech training, licensing and certification tests, entrepreneurship training, certain entrance examinations, and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Benefits are payable for 10 years following an honorable discharge active service.

Chapter 30 has four eligibility categories.  The benefits generally apply to Veterans who began active duty service for the first time after June 30, 1985, had their pay reduced $100 a month for 12 months, and received an honorable discharge. 

You can find more information about this program on this page or by clicking on the link below:

Available Benefits and How They are Paid

Eligible Servicemembers may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, any college fund eligibility, and if you contributed to the $600 buy-up program. You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be fewer or more years depending on the situation.

Benefits are paid on a monthly basis directly to the Veteran.  Since this benefit is paid directly to the student, most students have Federal Financial Aid in place or are required to have a payment plan in place for their tuition and fees.  For more information about paying for your tuition and fees, please contact the Military Specialist Team.

Current payment rates can be found at:

APPLY FOR CHAPTER 30

Application Process and Documentation for the Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty:

  1. Apply for this benefit through VETS.GOV.
  2. Once the Application is completed, keep your confirmation page showing you applied.
  3. Once your benefits have been approved and process by the VA you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility Letter.  Please provide a copy to the school.  The timeframe for receiving this letter can take up to 10-12 weeks.  This will not delay certification of your benefits or your ability to start school. 

Withdrawing From or Failing a Course

If you are considering to withdraw from a course: CONTACT A MILITARY SPECIALIST IMMEDIATELY at 1-866-245-9627

Withdrawing from the quarter or failing a course can result in an overpayment between the student and the VA. 

This overpayment will create a debt that can affect future payments from the VA.