Comparison of GI Bill Programs

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Use this chart to quickly understand the differences between the various GI Bill programs.

  Post-9/11 GI Bill MGIB-AD MGIB-SR
Minimum Length of Service 90 days active aggregate service (after 9/10/01) or 30 days continuous if discharged for disability 2 yr. continuous enlistment (minimum duty varies by service date, branch, etc.) 6 yr. commitment (after 6/30/85)
Maximum # of Months of Benefits  36 36 36
How Payments Are Made Tuition: Paid to school

Housing stipend: Paid monthly to student

Books & Supplies: Paid to student at the beginning of the term
Paid to student Paid to student
Duration of Benefits If you left the service before Jan. 1, 2013 you have 15 years from last day of active duty before your benefits expire.
If you left the service after that date they never expire.
Generally 10 years from last day of active duty Ends the day you leave Selected Reserve
College Degree Training Yes Yes Yes
Non College Degree Training Yes Yes Yes
On-the-Job & Apprenticeship Training Yes Yes Yes
Flight Training Yes Yes Yes
Correspondence Courses Yes Yes Yes
Licensing & Certification Yes Yes Yes
National Testing Programs Yes Yes Yes
Work-Study Program Yes Yes Yes
Tutorial Assistance  Yes Yes Yes

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