G.I. Bill and Tuition Assistance
Who’s eligible for military benefits?
MAPS scholarships are available to qualified active duty reservists or veterans of the armed services. To apply, click here and then select Imagine America Military Award Program (MAP).
Veterans of the armed services, spouses and dependants of 100% disabled or deceased veterans may be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill. These benefits are paid directly to the student once enrollment is certified.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post 9/11 will pay eligible individuals your full tuition & fees directly to the school for all public school in-state students. For those attending private or foreign schools tuition & fees are capped at $17,500 per academic year. This also includes a monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. For those enrolled solely in distance learning the housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents ($673.50 for the 2011 academic year). An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 is also paid proportionately based on enrollment.
Disabled veterans may be eligible for Chapter 31 benefits which pay for the cost of the educational program. Additionally, a separate benefit may be paid directly to the student.
Students currently serving active duty in the Navy, Marines, or Reserves may be eligible for Tuition Assistance. This benefit pays up to $4500 per fiscal year toward your education. Students may also be able to receive GI Bill benefits as well.
More information regarding military benefits may be found on the VA website:www.gibill.va.gov.
Students may apply for military benefits online on the Veterans Administration website (click here)
Once an approval is received, please notify your financial aid administrator so that we may certify your enrollment with the Veteran’s Administration. Questions regarding your enrollment certification may be directed to Karissa Marcangeli email@example.com.
VA Benefits: 1-800-827-1000
Education (GI Bill): 1-888-442-4551
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD): 1-800-829-4833
Who do I contact if the amount of my monthly payment is incorrect?
If you believe the amount of your payment is incorrect, you may want to first contact Karissa Marcangeli at firstname.lastname@example.org to verify the number of enrollment hours reported to the VA.
If your schedule has changed and a correction needs to be submitted, we will be able to process that re-certification. If your scheduled hours were reported accurately, you will then need to contact the VA.
Other Important Reminders and Information
In order to ensure proper payment and to prevent delays on receiving your funds, it is very important that you notify us of any changes to your class schedule.
Students must verify monthly enrollment with the VA in order to receive their monthly payment. Typically, students can either call the VA at 1-877-823-2378 or verify online.
There are different versions of the Montgomery G.I. Bill for both active duty and reserves. Additionally, all of the active duty services, and many of the reserve services offer Tuition Assistance (TA) to help pay for college courses while in the military.
Military Spouse Tuition Assistance
Eligible military spouses are now able to receive up to $4,000 of tuition assistance that can help them pursue education, training, licenses, certificates and degrees leading to employment in in what the military calls “portable career fields.
GI Bill for the 21st Century
Congress has revamped the GI Bill for military members (including active duty, Reserves, and National Guard), who have at least 90 days of active duty service after September 11, 2001. The new program, commonly referred to as the “GI Bill for the 21st Century,” offers substantial increases in monthly education benefits.
Active Duty MGIB for Guard and Reservists
Guardsmen and reservists whose active duty time is extended past the normal 12-month call-up may be eligible for active duty-level benefits of the Montgomery GI Bill under certain circumstances. Reserve-component personnel are now eligible for the greater active-duty benefit when their active-duty time is extended to 24 or more months.
Active Duty G.I. Bill
The active duty Montgomery G.I. Bill provides thousands of dollars in education benefits, in exchange for a reduction in military pay of $100 per month for the first year of active duty service.
Part 8 of What the Recruiter Never Told You, the ultimate guide for joining the military. In part 8, all about education benefits offered by the U.S. Military, such as the Montgomery G.I. Bill, and Tuition Assistance, as well as an overview of attending college while in the military.
G.I. Bill Usage
Half of all service members eligible for Montgomery GI Bill benefits regularly do not use them, according to Department of Veterans Affairs officials.
Guard and Reserve G.I. Bill
The Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (chapter 1606, of Title 10, U. S. Code) is an educational assistance program enacted by Congress to attract high quality men and women into the reserve branch of the Armed Forces. This program is for members of the Selected Reserve of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, and the Army and Air National Guard.
Montgomery GI Bill Overview
The Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty) Program provides education benefits to individuals who enter active duty for the first time after 30 June 1985, and received an honorable discharge. Active duty includes full time National Guard duty performed after 29 November 1989.
National Guard Education Benefits
In addition to federal education benefits, all states offer additional educational benefits for members of the National Guard. These programs are operated, funded, and managed under the laws of the individual state. State education benefits for National Guard members can be found on this page.