The MGIB User’s Guide
The Montgomery GI Bill, also known as the MGIB, offers vocational and educational financial assistance to veterans, active duty, and select reserve service members. As one of the most robust VA education benefits programs available to service members, the MGIB benefits help to cover tuition, books, tutoring, and monthly housing. The exact amount each individual is eligible for, however; is dependent on their duration of service, among other qualifications. Let’s take a look at some of the must-know facts for service members who are interested in furthering their education.
Are there Different Types of GI Bill Programs?
Yes! The MGIB program is divided into four separate programs, with each of which dedicated to providing educational benefits to service members in different stages of their military careers. The four branches of the MGIB program include: the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the MGIB-AD, MGIB-SR, and REAP programs.
Post 9/11 GI Bill: This branch of the MGIB bill offers educational services (including financial assistance for books, tutoring, tuition, and housing expenses), to service members who were called into active duty on or after September 10th, 2001. Universities, vocational schools, and career training are all applicable types of education to which your benefits can be applied.
MGIB-SR: The MGIB-SR (Montgomery Bill for Select Reserve members) also offers VA educational benefits to military personnel who are actively enlisted in the Selected Reserves. The funding granted from this program can be used to build a small business, attend a university, or take approved classes in a skilled trade. In order to qualify for the MGIB-SR, service members must commit to completing their entire term of service.
MGIB-AD: The Montgomery GI Bill Program for Active Duty service members is the section of the MGIB that promotes education enhancement among service members currently enlisted in the Army, Marines, Navy, or Air Force. Similar to the other branches of the MGIB opportunities, the benefits reaped from this program can be used towards tuition, monthly housing expenses, books, and other educationally-oriented needs. To apply, submit an online application or visit your nearest VA regional office.
REAP: The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), also extends VA educational benefits to members of the military reserves. In order to be eligible for this program, service members must have been called into active duty for a minimum of 90 days, which are counted as a total and do not have to be consecutive.