Active Duty GI Bill

(Chapter 30)

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. There are two main programs:

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD): For active duty members who enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation. There are four categories of eligibility, the link above provides information on each category.

The Benefit

You may get up to 36 months of education benefits. We'll pay the benefits monthly. The amount you'll receive depends on these factors:

  • Your length of service
  • The type of education or training program you choose
  • Your category (as defined above)
  • Whether you qualify for a college fund or kicker
  • How much you've paid into the $600 Buy-Up program
    Learn more about the $600 Buy-Up program

Note: You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB-AD benefits. This may change depending on your situation.

Students are required to maintain their enrollment. To ensure this the VA has set up a Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) site. Students should create a logon, and monthly verify their status with the VA. The VA needs to know when credit hours change because benefits will change accordingly. Maintaining accurate status may prevent the VA from having to send your account to the Debt Management Center for collection. In some instances, the school's Veterans Coordinator will handle this for veterans.