VA education benefits are mainly provided by the GI Bill program. The GI Bill comes in a few different forms, which are as follows The Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) and Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR). Continue reading to learn more about each of these popular education programs.
Each of these GI Bill programs has its own requirements but they all require service members to serve for a specific amount of time and have an honorary discharge from the military if they are already retired. GI Bill benefits also extend to the dependants or spouses of active duty and veteran members of the military.
If a service member or veteran qualifies for GI Bill benefits, he or she will receive assistance paying for higher education or training programs to help with career advancement.
The monetary benefits given by the GI Bill program can be used to help pay tuition costs, housing costs and the cost of school supplies such as expensive textbooks.
The amount of benefits eligible veterans or their family members may receive will depend on how frequent they will be attending their educational program.
For example, if a service member is a full-time student at a university, they will be given a larger allotment than a service member who is only attending an institution part-time.
Similarly, there is a difference in benefit amount for those attending career training or technical schools full-time versus part-time.
In addition to the GI Bill program, the VA also offers other education assistance programs both service members and veterans can be eligible for, such as scholarships for STEM majors.