Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30)
The Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD) is the "old" GI Bill that was offered before the Post 9/11 GI Bill was created. It provides a flat monthly payment (instead of a percentage) of up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans. If you wish to transfer your MGIB-AD to the Post 9/11, you must meet the criteria for the Post 9/11 GI Bill and fill out the VA 22-1995 form and mail it to the VA or complete the form in VONAPP. You can only transfer once.
If decide to use your your MGIB-AD benefits, it will cover:
Am I Eligible?
If you are currently active duty, you may be eligible after two years of active duty service. If you are separated from service, you may be eligible if you fall into one of the following categories:
- Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985
- Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for first 12 months
- Continuously served for 3 years, OR 2 years if that is what you first enlisted for, OR 2 years if you entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty and served 4 years ("2 by 4" Program)
- Entered active duty before January 1, 1977
- Served at least 1 day between 10/19/84 and 6/30/85 and stayed on active duty through 6/30/88 (or 6/30/87 if you entered the Selected Reserve within 1 year of leaving active duty and served 4 years)
- On 12/31/89, you had entitlement left from Vietnam-Era GI Bill
- Not eligible for MGIB under Category I or II
- On active duty on 9/30/90 AND separated involuntarily after 2/2/91,
- OR involuntarily separated on or after 11/30/93,
- OR voluntarily separated under either the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) program
- Before separation you had military pay reduced by $1200
- On active duty on 10/9/96 AND you had money remaining in a VEAP account on that date AND you elected MGIB by 10/9/97
- OR entered full-time National Guard duty under title 32, USC, between 7/1/85 and 11/28/89 AND you elected MGIB during the period 10/9/96, through 7/8/97
- Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months or made a $1200 lump-sum contribution during your time in serviceEntered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985
- Received a high school diploma or equivalent or, in some cases, have accrued 12 hours of college credit before the end of your first obligated period of service
- Received an honorable discharge
- Continuously served for 3 years, OR 2 years if your contract obligation was met, OR 2 years if you have an obligation to serve four years in the Selected Reserve AND entered Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty
- You must have an honorable discharge to be eligible for education benefits. A “general,” “other than honorable,” or “under honorable condition” makes you ineligible for education benefits
- To be eligible with an early discharge, your separation reason must meet certain requirements. Call our toll-free number below (or if you are on active duty, check with your Education Services Officer) for more information
Note: The period in between semesters will no longer be payable under MGIB-AD except during periods when school is closed as a result of an Executive Order of the President or an emergency (such as a natural disaster or strike). For example, if your Fall term ends on December 15th and your Spring term begins January 10th, your January housing allowance will cover 15 days in December and your February housing allowance will cover 21 days in January. Call 1-888-GIBILL1 for more information.
The VA does not approve schools or programs for benefits. Each individual state approves schools and courses. Currently, all programs offered at UNC are eligible for VA education benefits. If you have any questions, please contact UNC Veterans Services.