GI Bill Chapters
You may be eligible for more than one educational benefit. If you are, you must select which benefit to receive. You cannot receive payment for more than one benefit at a time. If you are eligible for more than one benefit, you should contact the VA to discuss your educational plans.
Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Your benefit will be based on your length of active duty service. Generally, benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.
Some of the benefits the Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay include:
- Your full tuition & fees directly to the school for all public school in-state students
- A monthly housing allowance (MHA)
- An annual books & supplies stipend
Transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill to Dependents (TEB)
The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Service Members to transfer unused benefits to their spouses or dependent children.
Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty
To qualify for Chapter 30 benefits, you must have entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985, and made contributions to the Montgomery Fund while on active duty. A monthly benefit is paid to students based on the training time and/or training program. You may receive up to a maximum of 36 months of benefits under the program. Veterans have 10 years from their discharge date to use the benefits.
If you are enrolled in Chapter 30, you have the option of exhausting your entitlement, then obtaining an additional 12 months through Chapter 33 for a total of 48 months of entitlement. To do this, contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551 to determine when your entitlement exhausts, the best time to apply for Chapter 33 benefits and how to determine your Chapter 33 benefits effective date. When you complete the VA Form 22-1990, state in the “Remarks” section that you wish for this benefit to be effective after your Chapter 30 benefits are exhausted.
Detailed information on the Chapter 30 program is available through the Department of Veterans Affair website. To apply, you must complete the VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits.
Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehab
This program is designed to assist veterans with service-connected disabilities obtain and maintain gainful employment that is consistent with their interests, aptitudes, and abilities and that can be supported through the current labor market. Eligibility includes:
- Veterans who have received, or will receive, a discharge that is "other than dishonorable"
- Have a service-related disability rating of at least 10% or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs
- Is in need of vocational rehabilitation due to disability and employment handicap
Facts about Chapter 31:
- Entitlement to services is determined on an individual basis following an evaluation of the veteran’s unique interests, aptitudes, education, work experience, and vocational abilities
- Vocational Rehabilitation must be provided for up to 48 months
- An eligible veteran generally has 12 years from the date they are notified of entitlement to VA compensation in which to use these benefits
- VA may approve an extension of time and/or length of training in certain cases
- Entitlement to Chapter 31 does not guarantee approval of training or any desired training program
- Chapter 31 does not have to approve Chapter 30 approved training facilities
The Department of Veterans Affairs website has detailed information available regarding the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program.
Chapter 32 - Veteran Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
The Post-Vietnam Veteran’s Educational Assistance Program provides education and training opportunities to eligible veterans and active duty personnel who contributed to the program while on active duty.
You may be eligible for education benefits if you entered active duty for the first time after December 31, 1976, and before July 1, 1985. While serving, you enrolled and contributed to VEAP and have at least 3 months of contributions available. Benefits end 10 years from the date of your last discharge or release from active duty.
Additional information regarding the Chapter 32 program is available through the VA website. To apply, you must complete the VA Form 22-1009, Application for VA Educational Benefits.
Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR)
If you are a member of the Selected Reserves, you may be eligible for this program. The Selected Reserves includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard. You must have a six-year obligation to service in Selected Reserves and have completed basic training.
Detailed information on the Chapter 1606 program is available through the VA website. To apply, you must complete the VA Form 22-1009, Application for VA Educational Benefits.
Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
REAP provides educational assistance to members of the Selected Reserve (Sel Res) and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) who are called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency. You must have served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, for at least 90 consecutive days to be eligible. If you became injured or have an illness incurred or aggravated in the line of duty and are released from active service before completing 90 consecutive days, you may also be eligible.
The educational assistance allowance is a percentage of the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty rate based on the number of continuous days served on active duty. If you are released before 90 days for a disability you will receive the 40% rate. You may receive a maximum of 36 months of this benefit.
More information about Chapter 1607 benefits is available through the VA website. To apply, you must complete the VA Form 22-1009, Application for VA Educational Benefits, listing Chapter 1607 on the form.
Military Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)
MyCAA is a Department of Defense sponsored benefit that allots up to $4000 to eligible military spouses in the pursuit of:
- Associate’s Degree (except Liberal Arts & General Studies)
The goal of MyCAA is to aid military spouses in obtaining the training and education necessary for gainful employment in a portable career.
To be eligible:
- Sponsor must be DoD active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines)
- Activated National Guard or Reserve under Title 10 orders
- Sponsor must have pay grade of:
- E-1 through E-5
- O-1 or O-2
- W-1 or W-2
- Spouses must be able to complete their coursework while his/her sponsor is on active duty orders
For more information on MyCAA, see https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa/