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.