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Veterans and Military Services

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (Chapter 30)

This program provides educational benefits for individuals entering the military service after June 30, 1985.

Qualifying for Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty Benefits

You may be eligible for Chapter 30 benefits if you meet the following criteria:

  • 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 following categories:

CATEGORY I

  • 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 three years or two years, if that is what you first enlisted for or if you entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty and served four years (the 2 by 4 program)

CATEGORY II

  • Entered active duty before January 1, 1977
  • Served at least one day between 10/19/84 and 6/30/85, and stayed on active duty through 6/30/88, (or through 6/30/87 if you entered the Selected Reserve within one year of leaving active duty and served four years)
  • On 12/31/89, you had entitlement left from Vietnam-era GI Bill

CATEGORY III

  • Not eligible for MGIB under Category I or II
  • On active duty on 9/30/90 AND separated involuntarily after 2/2/91
    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 $1,200

CATEGORY IV

  • 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 you 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 - 7/08/97
  • Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months or made a $1,200 lump-sum contribution

Additional Details

Learn more about Chapter 30 benefits.

 


Process and Documentation

Your Certification of Enrollment will be sent to Muskogee VA Regional Processing electronically through the VA:

  • After you are formally accepted to the university
  • Up to 120 days prior to the first day of class

Documentation requirements:

If you are former active duty, provide:

  • A copy of your DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge)

Your Certification of Enrollment will be sent to Muskogee VA Regional Processing electronically through the VA:

  • After you are formally accepted to the university
  • Up to 120 days prior to the first day of class

Documentation requirements:

Your Certification of Enrollment will be sent to Muskogee VA Regional Processing electronically through the VA:

  • Up to 120 days prior to the first day of class

Documentation requirement:

 

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