The GI Bill has greatly improved over the last few years. Military.com highlighted these improvements in the following links:
The Buy-Up feature can allow active duty servicemembers to Get up to an extra $150 per month increase above the standard MGIB "pay rate." This could increase your total benefits by $5,400.
Note: The Air Force calls this program a GI Bill kicker.
To apply you must be a Category 1 eligible servicemember and elect to contribute up to an additional $600 before you separate. This means you can contribute up to a total of $1,800 - your mandatory $1,200 payment when you sign up for MGIB benefits, plus $600. Active-duty members can contribute (to their military branch) in increments of $20 up to $600. You can use form DD-2366-1 to process your request.
Through the Tuition Assistance Top-Up program active-duty servicemembers can use the GI Bill to supplement the military provided TA program. Top-Up covers the difference between the total cost of a college course and the amount of Tuition Assistance that is paid by the military.
For example, if you were taking a course that costs $1000, your tuition assistance would cover approximately $750; you can use Top-Up to cover the remaining balance.
If you have served at least two full years on active duty, are eligible for the MGIB, and have been approved for federal tuition assistance by a military department, you are eligible for Top-Up.
The Top-up benefit is available for all courses that are eligible for military TA.
If you receive $550 for Top-Up, and your full-time rate is $1,101, divide $550 by $1101. Your entitlement charge is one-half month.
If you haven't previously filed a claim for MGIB, you should do the following:
You can receive accelerated payment for education leading to a High-Tech job! Get more details on this program.
Vietnam-era Veterans may convert their Vietnam-era GI Bill benefits to the MGIB Bill.
Veterans may be eligible if they:
The VA now permits payment for independent study programs if they lead to a certificate that reflects educational attainment offered by an institution of higher learning. Learn more about MGIB Certification Programs.
You can apply for the GI Bill by filling out and following the instructions on VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits. For more details, see How to Apply for Montgomery GI Bill Benefits and get started using your benefits today!
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