Montgomery G.I. Bill — Post 9/11

You may be eligible if you Served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, and you are still on active duty or were honorably- - discharged from the active duty; or released from active duty and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list; or released from active duty and transferred to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve; or released from the active duty for further service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces. The Post-9/11 GI Bill was expanded to include Active Service performed by National Guard members under title 32 U.S.C. for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the National Guard; or under section 502(f) for the purpose of responding to a national emergency.  You may also be eligible if you were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you sewed 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001. 

You may receive up to 36 months of education benefits.  Your benefit entitlement ends 15 years from your last period of active duty of at least 90 consecutive days. If you were released for a service-connected disability after at least 30 days of continuous service, you will also be eligible for benefits for 15 years.

Under this program, you are entitled to receive payment of in-state tuition and fee payment based on time served on active duty and payment of Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) based on rate of pursuit and distance learning classes. VA will pay Chapter #30 and Chapter #1606 “Kickers or College Funds” payments on a monthly basis instead of a lump sum at the beginning of the term. If you contributed to the $600 Buy-Up, you will not receive or be refunded the funds under this program. You will be allowed reimbursement for more than one “license or certification” test; allowed reimbursement of fees paid to take national exams used for admission to an institution of higher learning (e.g., SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT) and Allows those who are eligible for both Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (chapter 31) benefits and Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) benefits to choose the Post-9/11 GI Bill’s monthly housing allowance instead of the chapter 31 subsistence allowance. If you are currently on active duty, you are entitled to receive a books and supplies stipend.

Transfer of post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits to dependents (TEB)

Service members eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill program can transfer their educational benefits to their spouses or children.  Such transfers must be requested and approved while the service members are in the Armed Forces.

To utilize the TEB; applicants must first, using your CAC card or DFAS pin, log on to the DoD Transferability of Education Benefits (TEB) Web page and transfer benefit to their dependent and/or spouses.  Upon approval, family members may apply to use transferred benefits with VA by completing the online VA Form 22-1990e here. 

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 may transfer). 

Spouses 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; are not eligible for the monthly stipend or books and supplies stipend 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.

Children may start to use the benefit only after the individual making the transfer has completed at least 10 years of service in the Armed Forces; 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 age; are entitled to the monthly stipend and books and supplies stipend even though the eligible individual is on active duty; are not subject to the 15-year delimiting date, but may not use the benefit after reaching 26 years of age.

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.