The term GI Bill® refers to any Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefit earned by members of active duty, Selected Reserve, and National Guard Armed Forces and their families. The benefit is designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education. The GI Bill® has several programs and each is administered differently depending on a person’s eligibility and duty status.
Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill® page to learn more.
VA Benefits Information
If you are a veteran, active duty service member, or dependent of either, you may be eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Below is a list of several chapters of educational benefits for military members who are actively serving with a brief description of each.
- Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®: Active duty and veterans; not transferable to dependents.
- Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill®: Active duty and veterans may be eligible for up to 36 months of benefit. This benefit may be transferred to qualifying dependents, with restrictions.
- Chapter 1606: National Guard and Reserves who have completed the initial active duty for training and 180 days of service in the Selected Reserves; may be eligible for up to 36 months of benefit.
- Tuition Assistance Top-Up: If you are currently serving in the military, you may be eligible for funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program (also known as Federal Tuition Assistance – FTA). Check with your local Educational Assistance office for eligibility and enrollment requirements. If you are eligible for FTA, you can use FTA in conjunction with your VA education benefit to cover part of the remaining expenses when TA does not cover 100% of tuition and fees.