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Veterans Federal Education and Training Programs

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.

Considerations when choosing a GI Bill benefit

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 888-442-4551.