Head-to-Head Comparison of the Old and New GI Bills

The data presented here reflects current language found in the law and VA directives. Many of the facts presented here are subject to change over the coming year.

As noted below, some details remain sketchy and still need to be worked out and made public.


Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)
Chapter 30

Post 9/11 GI Bill
Chapter 33

Payment Rate for
Full-Time Student

Annually set - nationwide - monthly payment rate. The current payment rate is $1,473.

Up to 100% tuition payment for public college or university. Up to $17,500 a year for private schools.

Additional expense

No additional stipend payments for expenses.

Living Expenses - Stipend based on local BAH for E-5 with dependents  -  paid monthly. Online half a reduced rate.

Books and Supplies - Up to a $1,000 a year for books and supplies. Paid to the student proportionately for each term.

Eligibility Requirements

Entered military after June 30, 1985 and paid the $1,200 enrollment fee.

Active-duty service for more than 90 days since Sept. 11, 2001.


No - Except those who elected to convert in the past.

Yes  -  those who meet the Post-9/11 active-duty service criteria.

Benefit Expiration

10 Years after last separation or discharge.

15 Years your last period of active duty of at least 90 consecutive days.

Transfer benefits
to families

Limited - Currently Limited to Army re-enlistees for critical MOS only.

Yes - open to servicemembers with six years service who agree to reenlist.

Enrollment fee

 Yes - $1,200


Programs Covered

The Montgomery GI Bill can be used to pay for many different programs including the following:

Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill you may receive educational and training assistance for the following programs.

Related Topics

Montgomery GI Bill 9 11 GI Bill

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