Veteran's AffairsGuidance for Choosing GI Bill Programs
Guidance for Choosing GI Bill® Programs
There are many things for veterans to consider before choosing which benefit to receive and whether to participate in the Active-Duty or Reserve GI Bill® programs.
Types of Training Offered through GI Bill® Program
There are several types of training that can be taken using the Montgomery GI Bill® benefits. These include college (undergraduate, graduate), certificate programs, on-the-job-training, apprenticeship training, flight training, and non-college degree courses.
For the Post 9/11 GI Bill® training, please explore the VA Road Map To Success.
Amount of Benefits Offered under Each Program
The amount of benefits and the money a veteran will receive is a very important factor to consider before selecting a benefit. While some veterans may receive more money under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, that is not always the case. The Post- 9/11 benefits are paid on a percentage basis, which is determined by the length of active duty service since September 11, 2001.
Under all other GI Bill® programs, veterans will receive a monthly payment at a rate set by Congress that does not vary based on expenses. The following links provide a more exact breakdown for each benefit and level of enrollment:
- MGIB for Active Duty Payment Rates
- MGIB for Selected Reserve Payment Rates
- REAP Payment Rates
- Post-9/11, Chapter 33 Payment Rates
Other Factors to Consider
- In some locations, the costs of college and housing (which veterans receive payment for under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®) are less than the payment received under the Montgomery GI Bill®.
- Individuals eligible for a college fund under other GI Bill® programs will continue to receive their college funds as before, unless they are attending classes at ½ time or less.
- Veterans who participated in the $600 buy-up under the Montgomery GI Bill® or REAP will not receive that additional benefit under the Post -9/11 GI Bill®.