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Education and Training

Montgomery GI Bill

The Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans for:

  • College, Business, Technical or Vocational school
  • Tuition Assistance: “Top-Up”
  • Correspondence Courses
  • Flight Training (in some cases)
  • National Tests
  • On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship Programs
  • Remedial, Deficiency, and Refresher Training (in some cases)
  • The cost of tests for licenses or certifications needed to get, keep, or advance in a job

9/11 GI Bill

Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes:

  • Graduate and undergraduate degrees,
  • Vocational/technical training,
  • On-the-job training,
  • Flight training,
  • Correspondence training,
  • Licensing and National Testing programs,
  • Entrepreneurship training and Tutorial Assistance.

All training programs must be approved for GI Bill benefits.

Yellow Ribbon Program

For those attending a more expensive private school or a public school as a non-resident out-of-state student, the Yellow Ribbon Program may help to reimburse the difference.

Factors for Veterans and Service Members to consider when choosing which GI Bill benefit to use

Before selecting the VA education benefit best suited for a specific individual, these questions
should be considered:

  • Which benefit pays the individual more?
  • Is s/he receiving other aid and will that entitlement change?
  • What Post-9/11 GI Bill tier is the person eligible for?
  • How much, if any, of the training will be online/distance learning?
  • Where will the training take place?
  • Is the time limit to utilize benefits important?
  • Is the individual a member of the Armed Forces or a Veteran?
  • Is s/he eligible for Transfer of Entitlement? Does s/he want to transfer entitlement?

If you have more specific questions about your eligibility or entitlement to VA Education benefits, please call the VA Education Department at 1-888-442-4551.