GI Bill® Programs for Veterans and Dependents

GI Bill® programs help veterans and dependents pay for colleges and universities. GI Bill® payments are tax-free. 

The Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 30)

Chapter 30 is for individuals who have been on active duty since 7/01/85 who have contributed $1200 to an education fund and have completed a qualifying amount of "honorable" active-duty service.

The Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

The Chapter 1606 program is for individuals who have incurred an initial 6 year Select Reserve obligation after June 30, 1985 in the Reserves or National Guard. In general you must remain in Select Reserve status during your 14 years of eligibility.

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Act of 2008 program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. If you were discharged before January 1, 2013, you have 15 years to use your GI Bill®. If you were discharged on or after January 1, 2013, you have forever to use your GI Bill®.

Based on your length of active duty service, you're entitled to a percentage of the following:

  • Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid to school);
  • Monthly housing allowance* equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as your school;
  • Books not to exceed $1000 per year

Note: The housing allowance and books and supplies stipend are not payable to individuals on active duty. The housing allowance is not payable to those pursuing training at half time or less or to individuals enrolled in distance learning. Individuals are limited to a maximum of 48 months of entitlement when using benefits under two or more programs (i.e., 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607). Veterans who have eligibility under these other GI Bill® programs should contact the Veterans' Office before you apply for the new GI Bill®.

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who have died while on active duty or as the result of a service connected disability or is 100% permanently and totally disabled for service-related reasons as the result of their military service. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.

Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

Vocational Rehabilitation is for service-connected disabled veterans. Learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.