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Chapter 30 (MGIB)


The Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty program

Chapter 30—provides education benefits to service members with 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, specific entrance examinations, and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Benefits are payable for ten years following an honorable discharge of 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 to $100 monthly for 12 months, and received an honorable discharge. 

You can find more information about this program by clicking HERE.


Apply for the Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty:

Click HERE to apply.

►Once the application is completed, keep your confirmation page showing you applied.

►Once the VA approves and processes your benefits, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility Letter.  Please provide a copy to the school.  The time frame for receiving this letter can take 10-12 weeks.  This will not delay certification of your benefits or your ability to start school. 

Available Benefits and How They are Paid

Eligibility and Benefit Payments

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

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

Click HERE for current payment rates.

Withdrawing From or Failing a Course

If you are considering or planning to withdraw from a course:

Contact a Military Specialist at 1-866-245-9627

  • Withdrawing from the quarter or failing a course can result in an overpayment between the student, the school, and/or the VA. 
  • This overpayment will create a debt that can affect future payments from the VA.  
  • Click HERE for additional information about overpayments and debts