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BASIC ELIGIBILITY

CHAPTER 30 (MONTGOMERY GI BILL-ACTIVE DUTY--MGIB)

Enrollment:

  • All new members are automatically enrolled upon entrance on active duty
  • Members are briefed during first two weeks with option to decline enrollment
  • For those who remain enrolled, reduction of $100 per month is applied to basic pay for first 12 months of service for a total of $1,200

General Rules:

  • $1,200 is not refundable
  • Must receive Honorable Discharge
  • Must serve full term of service. (If required service is not completed, must be discharged for service-connected disability, hardship, Convenience of Government, Reduction-in-force, disability existing prior to service, or condition interfering with duty.
  • Must be high-school graduate or equivalent prior to using benefits
  • Academy graduates are ineligible for MGIB (Unless members met all eligibility requirements before receiving their commission.)
  • ROTC Scholarship recipients may be eligible if they received their commission after becoming eligible for MGIB, received less than $2,000 in any year, or completed ROTC without a full scholarship.

Program Entitlements:

  • Maximum of 36 months of benefits
  • Must be used within ten years of separation
  • May be used for any Department of Veterans’ Affairs or State Approving Agency approved program

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985
  • Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for first 12 months
  • Continuously served for 3 years, OR 2 years if that is what you first enlisted for, OR 2 years if you entered Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty and served 4 years (“2 by 4” Program)

Other Category requirements are listed on the GI Bill website (gibill.va.gov) for veterans who converted Viet Nam Era Entitlement (Chapter34) to MGIB, veterans who converted Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP Chapter 32) to MGIB, and veterans who were either voluntarily or involuntarily separated prior to completing enlistment.

CHAPTER 32 (VETERANS EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM -VEAP)

  • Entered service for the first time between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985;
  • Opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987;
  • Voluntarily contributed from $25 to $2700;
  • Completed your first period of service; and
  • Were discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.

CHAPTER 1606 (MONTGOMERY GI BILL – SELECTED RESERVES & NATIONAL GUARD)

  • Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserves or National Guard signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training, it is necessary to have a six-year commitment that begins after September 30, 1990;
  • Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT);
  • Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before applying for benefits;
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve or National Guard unit.

CHAPTER 1607 (SELECTED RESERVE AND NATIONAL GUARD CALLED TO ACTIVE DUTY)

Public Law 108-375 enacted October 28, 2004 (with retroactive provisions to September 11, 2001) provides increased benefits for National Guard or Reserves called to active duty. Specific information is available at the VA Website (gibill.va.gov).

CHAPTER 35 ( SURVIVORS’ AND DEPENDENTS’ EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE-DEA)

To be eligible, you must be a spouse, son, or daughter (including stepchild/adopted child) of a:

  • Veteran who is permanently and totally disabled as the result of, or dies of, a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of or be aggravated by active duty.
  • Veteran with a permanent and total service-connected disability who dies from any cause.
  • Service member who is missing in action or is captured in line of duty and is currently being held by a hostile force.
  • Service member who is currently being forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.

Entitlement:

  • 45 months of benefits
  • Spouse has 10 years from date of determination
  • Children are generally eligible from age 18-26 (8 years)

NOTE: Entitlement to education benefits cannot exceed 48 months under any combination of programs.

For program approval information contact:

Veterans & Military Education
State Approving Agency
Room 1007 State Office Bldg
Broad & Spring Garden Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 560-2509

Veterans/Military Education
State Approving Agency
Room 1202 State Office Building
300 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 565-5364

For eligibility and payment questions contact:

Buffalo Regional Office
VARPO (VA Regional Processing Office)
PO Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240-4616
Phone: 1-888-442-4551


For additional information, please contact:

Christine Hawk | Veterans Education Manager
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Postsecondary and Adult Education
333 Market Street, 12th Fl | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.787.2414 | Fax: 717.772.3622
RA-VetEd@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us