The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30. To apply, fill out VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits.
Additional information on the Montgomery GI Bill is available in the Active Duty Pamphlet
The MGIB-SR program provides up to 36 months of education benefits and is available to members of the Selected Reserve - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserves, Army or Air National Guards. This education assistance program may be utilized for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and vocational flight training programs. Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components, and eligibility normally ends upon leaving the Selected Reserve.
One exception to this rule exists if a member of the Selected Reserve was mobilized (or recalled to active duty from reserve status). In this case, eligibility may be extended for the amount of time mobilized plus four months. For example, if a Selected Reserve member is mobilized for 12 months the eligibility period is extended for 16 months (12 months active duty plus four months.)
If the Selected Reserve member's unit was deactivated Oct. 1, 2007 - Sept. 30, 2014, or they involuntarily separated (for reasons other than misconduct), they will retain their original period of eligibility which is 14 years from the date of their first six-year obligation with the Selected Reserves.
Additional information on the Montgomery GI Bill is available in the Selected Reserve Pamphlet