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Veterans Engagement Services

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill

The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) assists students who entered active duty for the first time after July 1, 1985, and who agreed to have their pay reduced by $100 for 12 months. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge and active-duty personnel must have served at least two years of active duty to be eligible to use their benefits.

Available Benefits and Eligibility

If you are an eligible service member you may receive up to 36 months of this education benefit. This benefit is paid to you directly and is based on the length of service, type of training you take, college fund eligibility, your category, and your contribution to the $600 buy-up program. Recipients are generally given 10 years to use your MGIB benefits, however, this time limit can fluctuate depending on the situation. For current rate information click here

Approved and want to have an enrollment submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs, complete the mandatory MILITARY FUNDING REQUEST FORM each term that you are registered, and wish to utilize this benefit.

$600 Buy-Up Program.  

There is an option for Service members to contribute up to an additional $600 to the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. Additional contributions may allow the service member to receive up to $5,400 in additional GI Bill benefits. The additional contribution must be made while on active duty. View increased monthly rates and contact your personnel or payroll office.


You may be eligible if you have an honorable discharge, AND you have a high school diploma or GED or in some cases 12 hours of college credit, AND you meet the requirements of one of the categories below:


      • Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985
      • Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for first 12 months
      • Continuously served for three years or two years, if that is what you first enlisted for or if you entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty and served four years (the 2 by 4 program)


      • Entered active duty before January 1, 1977
      • Served at least one day between 10/19/84 and 6/30/85, and stayed on active duty through 6/30/88, (or through 6/30/87
      • if you entered the Selected Reserve within one year of leaving active duty and served four years) On 12/31/89,  
      • you had entitlement left from Vietnam-era GI Bill


      • Not eligible for MGIB under Category I or II 
      • On active duty on 9/30/90 AND separated involuntarily after 2/2/91 
      • OR involuntarily separated on or after 11/30/93 
      • OR voluntarily separated under either the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) program 
      • Before separation, you had military pay reduced by $1,200


      • On active duty on 10/9/96 AND you had money remaining in a VEAP account on that date AND you elected MGIB by 10/9/97
      • OR you entered full-time National Guard duty under title 32, USC, between 7/1/85, and 11/28/89, AND you elected MGIB during the period 10/9/96, 07/08/97
      • Or had military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months or make a $1,200 lump-sum contribution.