Montgomery GI Bill Educational Benefits (Chapter 30, 33, 1606, and 1607)

            


       

How to apply       

         
Chapter 30
         
The student must obtain a copy of VA Form 22-1990  (Application for Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits) from the PSC veterans affairs  advisor and/or apply through www.gibill.va.gov. The student must submit the  completed form to the PSC veterans affairs advisor, along with Member-4 copy  (showing the character of service) of their DD-214 (Certificate of Release or  Discharge from Active Duty) for each enlistment period.
         
Chapter 33
         
The Department  of Veterans Affairs is now accepting and processing applications for the  Post-9/11 GI Bill. Students should complete and submit the application form  available from www.gibill.va.gov.  Students will receive a letter explaining US Department of Veterans  Affairs’ decision regarding  eligibility for the program.

The application  form requires that individuals currently eligible for benefits under the  Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (MGIB-AD), Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve  (MGIB-SR), or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) and make an  irrevocable election from their existing program to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
                    
Chapters 1606 and 1607
         
The student must obtain a copy of VA Form 22-1990  (Application for Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits) from the PSC veterans affairs  advisor and/or apply through the US Department of Veterans Affairs Web site at www.gibill.va.gov.  The student must submit the completed form to the PSC veterans affairs advisor,  along with a DD-2384, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), from the education officer  at their unit.
      

What determines  eligibility?   

Chapter 30
         
If the student has served in active military services and is  applying for Chapter 30 benefits, the DD-214 must indicate that the student  participated in the program (paid $100 per month for 12 months) and that the  student received an honorable discharge. If the student served in active  military services and is applying for Chapter 32 (Post-Vietnam Era Education  Assistance Program), they must have paid into the program while on active duty.
         
Chapter 33
         
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of  aggregate service on or after September 11, 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. The Post-9/11 GI  Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009.
         
Chapter 1606
         
The student must have completed one year of their original  enlistment and have completed their basic training in the National Guard or  Selected Reserves. The student must be actively serving on a six-year  commitment with the National Guard or Selective Reserve unit.
         
Chapter 1607
         
Generally, a member  of a reserve component who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001,  under title 10, U.S. Code, for at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency  operation, is eligible for REAP. There is no specific time frame to use REAP;  however, eligibility generally ends when you leave the Selected Reserves.
         

How are the recipients selected?  

The Department of Veterans Affairs reviews the applications  and makes the selection based on their guidelines. 

How is the amount of  the award determined?

Chapter 30
         
The monthly education benefits have base amounts for two  years of service, or for three or more years of service. In addition, some  individuals may have bonuses or "kickers" that will increase the amount they  receive each month. The bonus is determined at the time the member enters the  service. Chapter 30 benefits last for 36 months at full time continuous  enrollment.
                             
Chapter 33
         
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of  aggregate service on or after September 11, 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. The Post-9/11 GI  Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009.
         
Chapter 1606
         
The monthly education benefits have a base amount, but  certain units now give "kickers". The student needs to check with their unit to see  if they qualify for a "kicker". Chapter 1606 benefits last for 36 months at  full-time continuous enrollment.
                    
Chapter 1607
         
The educational assistance allowance payable under REAP is a  percentage of the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (MGIB) rate based on the  number of continuous days served on active duty. Persons released before 90  days due to an injury, illness, or disease incurred or aggravated in the line  of duty receive the 40 percent rate. Current rates of payment can be found at www.gibill.va.gov.
     
How and when are the  funds paid out?
         
The applications are submitted to the regional Department of  Veterans Affairs in St. Louis. The first pay may take six to eight weeks (or  more if the application is incomplete) before it is received. After that, the student is paid their first payment. Thereafter, they will be paid each month  for the previous month’s attendance. Chapter 30, Chapter 1606, and Chapter 1607  students must perform a monthly verification prior to receiving their monthly  pay. For more information regarding Chapter 33, visit www.gibill.va.gov.
              
Additional  information
         
Students can receive a total of 48 months of benefits if  they qualify under more than one program. Montgomery "GI Bill" education  benefits can be used for both undergraduate and graduate work. If the student  is attending at a rate less than full-time, they will receive a smaller monthly  amount and the length of time will be extended accordingly. A Chapter 30  student has a maximum of 10 years from the date of discharge to use the benefit  or it is forfeited. A Chapter 1606 student has a maximum of 10 years from the date they become eligible to use the benefit or it is forfeited.  For more information regarding Chapter 33, please refer to www.gibill.va.gov.