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Montgomery GI Bill Rates

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The Montgomery GI Bill pays you a set benefit based on the number of classes you are taken, this is referred to as your "training time". If you are taking undergraduate classes your training time is determined as follows:

  • 0-2 hours - 1/4 time
  • 3-5 hours - less than 1/2 time
  • 6-8 hours - 1/2 time
  • 9-11 hours - 3/4 time
  • 12 hours and above - full-time

For graduate training the VA will pay your benefits based on what the school reports your training time to be. So, if you are taking 3 graduate hours and the school tells the VA that you are considered a full-time student, that is what the VA will pay you.

The following basic monthly rates are effective October 1, 2015. For trainees on active duty, payment is limited to reimbursement of tuition and fees for the training taken.

The rates in the following two tables will apply to those completing an enlistment of three years or more.

Institutional Training
Training Time Monthly rate
Full time $1,789.00
¾ time $1,341.75
½ time $894.50
less than ½ time more than ¼ time $894.50 **
¼ time or less $447.25 **

** Tuition and Fees ONLY. Payment cannot exceed the listed amount.

Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training
Training Period Monthly rate
First six months of training $1,341.75
Second six months of training $983.95
Remainder of training $626.15

Correspondence and Flight - Entitlement charged at the rate of one month for each $1,789.00 paid.

Cooperative - $1,789.00

The rates in the following two tables will apply to those completing an enlistment of less than three years.

Institutional Training
Training Time Monthly rate
Full time $1,454.00
¾ time $1,090.50
½ time $727.00
less than ½ time more than ¼ time $727.00 **
¼ time or less $363.50 **

 ** Tuition and Fees ONLY. Payment cannot exceed the listed amount.

Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training
Training Period Monthly rate
First six months of training $1,090.50
Second six months of training $799.70
Remainder of training $508.90

 

Correspondence and Flight - Entitlement charged at the rate of one month for each $1,454.00 paid.

Cooperative - $1,454.00

Overview:

Each year in October, the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) payment rates increase to meet the growing cost of education. In October 2015, the Montgomery GI Bill full-time payment rate increased to $1,789 for the 2016 fiscal year. Eligible veterans and servicemembers could receive more than $64,000 in total benefits over 36 months.

View the latest monthly payment rates for the Montgomery GI Bill - Selective Reserve.

See the VA GI Bill website MGIB Rates for persons with remaining entitlement under Chapter 34 of Title 38, U.S.C. Chapter 30 Category II rates effective Oct. 1, 2016.

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