Eligibility for all Chapters
Who is eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30) education benefit(Volunteer force education assistance)?
In general, to be eligible for MGIB-AD (Chapter 30), you must have entered active duty after June 30, 1985, and not declined participation in the program.
Who is eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) benefits (For veterans with service connected disabilities?
VEAP (Chapter 31) is available if you:
- Are active duty and expect to receive an honorable discharge upon separation from active duty
- Active, apply for services, and receive a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the VA
- Veteran that has received or will receive a discharge that is other than dishonorable
- Veteran that has a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%
- Submitted a completed application for VR&E services
The basic period of eligibility is 12 years from the latter of either the date of separation from active duty or the date a veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating.
For additional help, please use the "Ask a Question" tab at www.va.gov.
Who is eligible for Veterans Education Assistance Program (Chapter 32) benefits (Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program)?
VEAP (Chapter 32) is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. You must have made original contributions prior to April 1, 1987, and you could make a maximum contribution of $2700 to your account.
Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. 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.
Who is eligible for Post 9/11 GI-Bill Benefits (Chapter 33)?
Veterans who have served at least 90 days of active duty service after September 10, 2001 and received an honorable discharge will qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. To qualify for the full benefit a veteran must have served at least 3 years of active duty after September 10, 2001. Those veterans who qualify for the Active Duty GI Bill, the Reserve GI Bill or REAP will have the option to choose which benefit best suits their need.
|For veterans who served on active duty after 9/10/2001, the following chart applies:
||Percentage of Maximum
|At least 36 months
|At least 30 continuous days on active duty and
must be discharged due to service-connected disability
|At least 30 months, but less than 36 months
|At least 24 months, but less than 30 months
|At least 18 months, but less than 24 months
|At least 12 months, but less than 18 months
|At least 06 months, but less than 12 months
|At least 90 days, but less than 06 months
Who’s eligible for Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) benefits and what can they be used for?
The Dependents’ Educational Assistance program provides education benefits for the spouse and dependent children of a veteran or service member who:
- Is determined to be permanently and totally disabled from service connected causes, or
- Is on active duty and is likely to be discharged with a permanent and total disability, or
- Died in service, or
- Died of service connected causes, or
- Is currently missing in action or captured in the line of duty.
This benefit may be used for pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree, courses leading to a certificate or diploma from business, technical or vocational schools, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training programs. Benefits for correspondence courses are available to spouses only. The program provides up to 45 months of education or training.
Who is eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606) education benefit?
Members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard Reserves, the Army National Guard, and the Air Guard are eligible for MGIB-SR (chapter 1606). The Reserve and Guard components decide who is eligible for the program. VA makes the payments for training.
Eligibility Requirements are:
- A 6-year obligation in the Selected Reserves
- Complete Initial Active Duty for Training.
- Meet the requirements for a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before applying for benefits.
- Remain in good standing in a Selected Reserve Unit.
For more detailed information about MGIB-SR (1606), including how to apply
Who is eligible for REAP (Chap 1607)?
The Secretaries of each military service, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) determine the criteria for eligibility. The law requires DoD to give you written notification of eligibility for REAP. A member of a reserve component who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10 U.S. Code for a contingency operation and who serves at least 90 consecutive days or more is eligible for chapter 1607. National Guard members also are eligible if their active duty is under section 502(f), title 32 U.S.C. and they serve for 90 consecutive days when authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for a national emergency and is supported by federal funds. Individuals are eligible as soon as they reach the 90-day point whether or not they are currently on active duty. DoD will fully identify contingency operations that qualify for benefits under chapter 1607.
Disabled members who are injured or have an illness or disease incurred or aggravated in the line of duty and are released from active duty before completing 90 consecutive days are also eligible.
If you are unsure about whether you are eligible for education benefits, please submit an application to VA.