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Montgomery GI Bill®

Education and Training

Overview of VA Education Benefits

The Montgomery GI Bill assists active duty service members and reservists in pursuing higher education degrees, certificates, and other education and training. The Montgomery GI Bill supports those who enlist in the U.S. armed forces through two main programs:

  • Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty – Also known as Chapter 30, this program provides education benefits to Veterans and Servicemembers who have completed at least two years of active duty service. Active duty personnel who enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months are eligible for a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation.
  • Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve – Reservists with a six-year obligation in the Selected Reserve who are actively drilling may receive 36 months of education benefits.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans and service members may use the Montgomery GI Bill benefits for:

How to Apply

  • Apply Online

    The fastest and easiest way to get access to your benefits is to apply using your computer or mobile device.

  • Apply In Person

    Visit the nearest VA benefits office.

  • Apply at School

    Consult with your School Certifying Official, who can help you apply.

  • Apply By Mail

    Call 888-442-4551 to have the application mailed to you.


Some benefits may also be used by active service members, reservists, and National Guard members as well as eligible spouses, children, and survivors of Veterans and service members. Consult the VA benefits booklet or visit the nearest VA regional office for character of discharge requirements and more detailed information.

Page last updated on July 22, 2021


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