(Important Note! - This is by no means a complete detailing of GI Bill benefits. Please see the "Bookmarks" page for links to other information. Please DO NOT pre-determine your eligibility because of something you read here or elsewhere. If you think you are eligible, apply for benefits. Let the VA determine your eligibility.)
Chapter 30-Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 30 benefits affect veterans with active duty service in any branch of the armed services of the United States. There are two different levels of benefits under Chapter 30. One level is for veterans who began active duty after 06/30/1985. This is by far the largest group of veterans.
The second level is for veterans who were eligible to receive benefits under the old Chapter 34 (Veteran's Education Assistance Program, or VEAP) on 12/31/1989.
The scale below is ONLY for the first level of veterans: those who began active duty service after 06/30/1985.
3 years or more active duty service
Less than 3 years active duty service
* 1/4 time or less: Reimburse tuition and fees, not to exceed 1/4 of full-time rate
The table above does not include amounts of additional money that veterans who participated in the $600 "Buy-up" program may be eligible for. If you did pay in extra money above the initial $1200, your check may be increased based on the extra money you paid in. It can add up to $150 per month to your overal GI Bill check. This benefit is only payable under the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), and Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP, Chapter 1607.)
There are also active-duty kickers (Army, Navy or Marine Corps College Funds) that would have been part of an enlistment or re-enlistment contract that can add up to $950 per month to your GI Bill check. These are payable under either the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33.)
Chapter 31-Vocational Rehabilitation
A veteran may be eligible for Chapter 31 benefits if they:
-Received, or will receive, a discharge under other than dishonorable conditions;
-Incurred or aggravated a service-connected disability which entitles him or her to VA disability compensation; and
-Is in need of vocational rehabilitation because his or her disability creates an employment handicap.
Benefits under Ch. 31 can be provided for up to 48 months, and the veteran generally has 12 years from the time they are notified of entitlement to VA compensation to use their benefits. Each veteran will be evaluated by a case worker for interests, aptitudes, education, work experience, and vocational abilities. Benefits are paid directly to the school for tuition, fees and books and the veteran will receive a living stipend.
Ch. 35-Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
This benefit is for dependents or spouses of veterans. You may be eligible if you meet the requirements below:
-You are a child (between the ages of 18 and 26, with some exceptions) of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition; or who died in service; or who died of a service-connected disability; or who died while being evaluated as having total and permanent service -connected disability; or who is listed as a POW or MIA.
-You are the surviving spouse of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability, or died in service, or died while evaluated as having total and permanent disability resulting from a service-connected disability.
-You are the spouse of a veteran or service person who has a total and permanent disability resulting from a service-connected disability; or who is listed as a POW or MIA.
Chapter 35 Rates
¼ Time or less
* Less than half-time will be given tuition and fees ONLY. Payment cannot exceed the listed amount.