Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Post 9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty September 10, 2001. You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001. For more information visit http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/
Montgomery GI Bill
The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. There are two main programs:
- Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) For active duty members who enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation.
- Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) For Reservists with a six-year obligation in the Selected Reserve who are actively drilling.
Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance
There are two main GI Bill programs offering education assistance to survivors and dependents of Veterans:
- The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) is available for children and spouses of Service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.
- The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) Program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.
- For information on transferability of the Post-9/11 GI Bill click here.
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRC) and Employment Coordinators (EC) are ready to help Veterans and Service members who have service-connected disabilities and an employment barrier/handicap find suitable careers. Your VRC will provide vocational counseling, refer you to appropriate opportunities and services specific to your needs, and help you reach your employment goals. More information can be found at www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab
Department of Veterans Affairs - Veteran’s educational assistance programs are the responsibility of the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA issues regulations, makes eligibility determinations and defray beneficiary payments. The toll free number to the VA Regional Processing Office in Muskogee, OK is 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). This number will connect the caller to the VA Education Information Line where counselors should be able to provide additional information concerning benefits eligibility, payment status, etc. The VA website is www.va.gov
Ebenefits – A VA website that allows users to apply for benefits, manage benefits, other matters that may be of interest to eligible beneficiaries. www.ebenefits.va.gov
Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) - Claims for Veterans Pension Benefits, Education benefits, and Burial benefits can still be submitted online through VONAPP. vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/
Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) - GI Bill, Chapter 30 users must verify their status monthly either online: https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do
Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) - Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses. https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa/Default.aspx