CHAPTER 33: The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support
for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate
service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a
service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable
discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
The Post 9-11 GI Bill will pay eligible individuals:
Your full tuition & fees are sent directly to the school
for all public school in-state students. For those attending private or foreign
schools tuition & fees are capped at $17,500 per academic year.
For those attending a more expensive private school or a
public school as a non-resident out-of-state student, a program exists which
may help to reimburse the difference. This program is called the Yellow Ribbon
For those attending classes at the greater than ½ time rate,
a monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Housing Allowance for an
E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. For those enrolled solely in
distance learning the housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national
average BAH for an E-5 with dependents ($673.44 for the 2011 academic year
& $684.00 for the 2012 academic year). For those attending foreign schools (schools
without a main campus in the U.S.) the MHA rate is fixed at $1,346.88 for the
2011 academic year & $1,368.00 for the 2012 academic year. The academic
year begins on August 1. (Active duty students
An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately
based on enrollment.
A one-time rural benefit payment is awarded to eligible
This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits,
generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active
duty. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to
transfer to their dependents.
Transfer of Post-9/11 GI-Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB)
For the first time in history, service members enrolled in
the Post-9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational
benefits to their spouses or children starting August 1, 2009.
Official DoD TEB
website. (Non VA link)
Any member of the Armed Forces (active duty or Selected
Reserve, officer or enlisted) on or after August 1, 2009, who is eligible for
the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and:
Has at least 6 years of service in the Armed Forces (active
duty and/or Selected Reserve) on the date of approval and agrees to serve 4
additional years in the Armed Forces from the date of election.
Has at least 10 years of service in the Armed Forces (active
duty and/or Selected Reserve) on the date of approval, is precluded by either
standard policy (Service or DoD) or statute from committing to 4 additional
years, and agrees to serve for the maximum amount of time allowed by such
policy or statute.
Is or becomes retirement eligible during the period from
August 1, 2009, through July 31, 2012, and agrees to serve an additional period
of service in subparagraphs (a) through (d). A Service member is considered to
be retirement eligible if he or she has completed 20 years of active Federal
service or 20 qualifying years as computed pursuant to section 12732 of title
10 U.S.C. This will no longer be in effect on August 1, 2013, and on or after
that date all members must comply with paragraphs 1 and 2.
For individuals eligible for retirement on August 1, 2009,
no additional service is required
For individuals eligible for retirement after August 1,
2009, and before August 1, 2010, 1 year of additional service is required
For individuals eligible for retirement on or after August
1, 2010, and before August 1, 2011, 2 years of additional service is required
For individuals eligible for retirement on or after August
1, 2011, and before August 1, 2012, 3 years of additional service is required.
Such transfer must be requested and approved while the
member is in the Armed Forces.
An individual approved to transfer an entitlement to
educational assistance under this section may transfer the individual’s
A family member must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility
Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and be eligible for benefits, at the time
of transfer to receive transferred educational benefits.
A child's subsequent marriage will not affect his or her
eligibility to receive the educational benefit; however, after an individual
has designated a child as a transferee under this section, the individual
retains the right to revoke or modify the transfer at any time.
A subsequent divorce will not affect the transferee’s
eligibility to receive educational benefits; however, after an individual has
designated a spouse as a transferee under this section, the eligible individual
retains the right to revoke or modify the transfer at any time.
Nature of Transfer
An eligible Service member may transfer up to the total
months of unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, or the entire 36 months if the
member has used none (unless DoD/DHS limits the number of months an individual
Family member use of transferred educational benefits is
subject to the following:
May start to use the benefit immediately.
May use the benefit while the member remains in the Armed
Forces or after separation from active duty.
Is not eligible for the monthly housing allowance while the
member is serving on active duty.
Can use the benefit for up to 15 years after the service
member’s last separation from active duty.
May start to use the benefit only after the individual
making the transfer has completed at least 10 years of service in the Armed
May use the benefit while the eligible individual remains in
the Armed Forces or after separation from active duty.
May not use the benefit until he/she has attained a
secondary school diploma (or equivalency certificate), or reached 18 years of
Is entitled to the monthly housing allowance stipend even
though the eligible individual is on active duty.
Is not subject to the 15-year delimiting date, but may not
use the benefit after reaching 26 years of age.
How to apply for TEB
First you must go to the DoD transferability application
website to determine if your dependents are eligible to receive the transferred
benefits. This website is only available to military members.
transferability application website (non-VA Link, Internet Explorer only)
Upon approval, family members may apply to use transferred
benefits with VA by completing VA Form 22-1990e. VA Form 22-1990e should only
be completed and submitted to VA by the family member after DoD has approved
the request for TEB. Do not use VA Form 22-1990e to apply for TEB.
Here - To access the electronic version of VA Form 22-1990e (VONAPP)
Click Here - To
access the paper version of VA-Form 22-1990e
CHAPTER 30: The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) program provides
up to 36 months of education 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. Generally, benefits are payable for 10
years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly
known as Chapter 30.
$600 Buy-up Program
Some service members may contribute up to an additional $600
to the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600
contribution, you may receive up to $5400 in additional GI Bill benefits. The
additional contribution must be made while on active duty. For more information
contact your personnel or payroll office.
The Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty, called
"MGIB" for short, provides up to 36 months of education benefits to
eligible veterans for:
Technical or Vocational Courses
Licensing & Certification Tests
Certain Entrance Examinations
Who is Eligible?
You may be an eligible veteran if you have an Honorable
Discharge, AND you have a High School Diploma or GED or in some cases 12 hours
of college credit, AND you meet the requirements of one of the categories
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 the Selected Reserve within a
year of leaving active duty and served 4 years ("2 by 4" Program)
Entered active duty before January 1, 1977
Served at least 1 day between 10/19/84 and 6/30/85, and
stayed on active duty through 6/30/88, (or 6/30/87 if you entered the Selected Reserve
within 1 year of leaving active duty and served 4 years)
On 12/31/89, you had entitlement left from Vietnam-Era GI
Not eligible for MGIB under Category I or II
On active duty on 9/30/90 AND separated involuntarily after
OR involuntarily separated on or after 11/30/93,
OR voluntarily separated under either the Voluntary
Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) program
Before separation, you had military pay reduced by $1200
On active duty on 10/9/96 AND you had money remaining in a
VEAP account on that date AND you elected MGIB by 10/9/97
OR entered full-time National Guard duty under title 32,
USC, between 7/1/85, and 11/28/89 AND you elected MGIB during the period
10/9/96, through 7/8/97
Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months or
made a $1200 lump-sum contribution
How Much Does VA Pay?
The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of
training you take, length of your service, your category, and if DOD put extra
money in your MGIB Fund (called "kickers"). You usually have 10 years
to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be less, in some cases, and
longer under certain circumstances.
How Can I Apply?
You can apply by filling out VA Form
22-1990, Application for Education Benefits.
CHAPTER 1606: The Montgomery GI Bill – Selective Reserve
(MGIB-SR) program may be available to
you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes
the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and
Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
You may use this education assistance program for degree programs,
certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study
programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and vocational flight training
programs. Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under
Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected
Reserve components. VA makes the payments for this program.
You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education
Your eligibility for the program normally ends on the day
you leave the Selected Reserve.
To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:
Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve
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 completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college
degree to meet this requirement;
Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected
Reserve unit. You will also retain MGIB - SR eligibility if you were discharged
from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by
misconduct. Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to
How to Apply
Your unit will give you a DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic
Eligibility, when you become eligible for the program. Your unit will also code
your eligibility into the Department of Defense personnel system so that VA may
verify your eligibility.
You should then make sure that your selected program is
approved for VA training. If you are not clear on this point, VA will inform
you and the school or company about the requirements.
Obtain and complete VA Form 22-1990,
Application for Education Benefits. Send it to the VA regional office with
jurisdiction over the State where you will train.
If you have started training, take your application and your
Notice of Basic Eligibility to your school or employer. Ask them to complete VA
Form 22-1999, (not available online) Enrollment Certification, and send all the
forms to VA
CHAPTER 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP) was
established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization
Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit
program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve
components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national
emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress.
This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days
after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for
$600 Buy-up Program
Some reservists may contribute up to an additional $600 to
the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600
contribution, you may receive up to $5400 in additional GI Bill benefits. You
must be a member of a Ready Reserve component (Selected Reserve, Individual
Ready Reserve, or Inactive National Guard) to pay into the "buy-up"
CHAPTER 35: Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA) provides
education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain
veterans. 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. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course.
Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain
You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as
the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of
active service in the Armed Forces.
A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and
total service-connected disability was in existence.
A service member missing in action or captured in line of
duty by a hostile force.
A service member forcibly detained or interned in line of
duty by a foreign government or power.
A service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient
treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely
to be discharged for that disability. This change is effective December 23,
Period of Eligibility
If you are a son or daughter and wish to receive benefits
for attending school or job training, you must be between the ages of 18 and
26. In certain instances, it is possible to begin before age 18 and to continue
after age 26. Marriage is not a bar to this benefit.
If you are a spouse, benefits end 10 years from the date VA
finds you eligible or from the date of death of the veteran. If the VA rated
the veteran permanently and totally disabled with an effective date of 3 years
from discharge a spouse will remain eligible for 20 years from the effective
date of the rating. This change is effective October 10, 2008 and no benefits
may be paid for any training taken prior to that date.
For surviving spouses (spouses of service members who died
on active duty) benefits end 20 years from the date of death.
How to Apply
You should make sure that your selected program is approved
for VA training. If you are not clear on this point, VA will inform you and the
school or company about the requirements.
Obtain and complete VA Form 22-5490, Application for
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance. Send it to the VA regional
office with jurisdiction over the State where you will train. If you are a son
or daughter, under legal age, a parent or guardian must sign the application.
If you have started training, take your application to your
school or employer. Ask them to complete VA Form 22-1999, Enrollment
Certification, and send both forms to VA.
Section 301 of Public Law 109-461 adds a new category to the
definition of "eligible person" for DEA benefits. The new category
includes the spouse or child of a person who:
VA determines has a service-connected permanent and total
disability; and at the time of VA's determination is a member of the Armed
Forces who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient medical care, services, or
treatment; and is likely to be discharged or released from service for this
Persons eligible under this new provision may be eligible
for DEA benefits effective December 23, 2006, the effective date of the law.
DEA provides education and training opportunities to
eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to
a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of
a service related condition. 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. If you are a spouse, you may take a
correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be
approved under certain circumstances.
Special Restorative Training is available to persons
eligible for DEA benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs may prescribe
special restorative training where needed to overcome or lessen the effects of
a physical or mental disability for the purpose of enabling an eligible person
to pursue a program of education, special vocational program or other
appropriate goal. Medical care and treatment or psychiatric treatments are not
Special Vocational Training is also available to persons
eligible for DEA benefits. This type of program may be approved for an eligible
person who is not in need of Special Restorative Training, but who requires
such a program because of a mental or physical handicap.
Vocational Rehabilitation Education Assistance Program provides
educational and training assistance to veterans who have been declared disabled
by the Department of Veterans Affairs due to service related injury. For more information on Vocational Rehabilitation
contact your case manager.
ROLE OF THE AAMU - VA CERTIFYING OFFICIAL
● Processes veterans and dependents education benefit
applications, changes, and terminations
● Verifies course enrollment each semester
● Maintains student records
● Provides mandatory reports to the Department of Veterans
● Complies with the federal guidelines established by the
Department of Veterans Affairs
ROLE OF THE AAMU - VA STUDENT
● Applies for VA Educational Benefits with the Department of
Veterans Affairs at least sixty (60) days prior to enrollment at Alabama
● Consults with Academic Advisor for registration assistance
& course selection each semester
● Provides the AAMU – VA Certifying Official with
Certificate of Eligibility issued from the Department of Veterans Affairs,
current class schedule, course curriculum, and unofficial copy of
transcript(s), if applicable
● Notifies the AAMU Office of Veterans Affairs immediately
of any change in enrollment status
● Notifies the AAMU Office of Veterans Affairs if courses
are taken at another college or university
● Reports to the AAMU Office of Veterans Affairs at the
beginning of each semester for certification