All enlisted U.S. service personnel are eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB). The program is administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. There are two different types of MGIB available: one for active duty servicemen and another for selected reserve servicemen.
Chapter 30 – MGIB Active Duty
Chapter 30 awards funding for up to 36 months of study. Unlike most scholarships, this bill isn’t limited only to university programs. You can also use the award to find correspondence courses, certification programs, and various types of skill training (flight, apprenticeship, etc.).
To qualify, you must have volunteered to reduce your military pay by $100 for the first 12 months of service. Your benefits can be increased by contributing an additional $600 more to the program. A minimum of 2 years of active duty is required.
Chapter 1606 – MGIB Selected Reserve
Chapter 1606 is specifically for members of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corp Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard or Air National Guard. Eligibility lasts as long as you’re a part of Selected Reserve. However, if you are called into active duty your eligibility can be extended to include your time mobilized plus an additional 4 months.
To qualify, you must serve a minimum of 6 years in the Selected Reserve. You must also hold a high school diploma or equivalent prior to initial active duty training. The program covers up to 36 months of education expenses.