Are you a current or separated military service member and considering furthering your education but not sure what to do? Make sure you look into the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB). The MGIB, depending on you qualification status, may allow you to receive up to 36 months of benefits. Based on an eight-month school year you would have up to four years of school paid for and possibly be able to complete a Bachelor’s degree program.
Michigan State University Extension wants to know if you are eligible. There are essentially four categories under which a service member can become eligible for the MGIB. They are as follows.
- Category 1 – If you didn’t decline in writing the MGIB when you entered into active duty and you entered after June 30, 1985.
- Category 2 – If you have entitlement remaining under the Vietnam Era GI Bill (Chapter 34, Title 38, U.S. Code)
- Category 3 – If for certain reasons you were involuntarily separated or separated under the voluntary separation incentive or special separation benefit program.
- Category 4 – If you elected to convert to MGIB from the former Veterans Educational Assistance Program during open window periods; also includes National Guard who were given an opportunity to accept MGIB.
If you fall into one of the above categories more than likely you are eligible to receive educational entitlements under the Montgomery GI Bill. In addition to the above, you must have a fully honorable discharge and have completed high school (GED included) or 12 hours toward a college degree.
For additional information regarding eligibility and to see if your National Guard, Reserve Service, or current Active Duty services qualifies under the MGIB, take a look at the qualifications pamphlet. Or you call 1-800-827-1000, if you’re hearing impaired call 1-800-829-4833.
This article was provided by Michigan State University Extension.