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The Basics of VA Education Benefits


The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) provides education benefits to veterans, service members, and some eligible dependents wishing to pursue an education. These benefits are commonly known as the GI Bill and have various components depending on the personís length of military service. For more information on any of these benefits and their differences, please click here or contact your campus Admissions or Veteran Services Office.


For additional information, please visit the Federal Student Aid website or view this Federal Student Aid publication

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_ad.asp

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp

Yellow Ribbon Program

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp


Common Questions about Veterans Education Benefits

Are Post-9/11 GI Bill, MGIB, and other veterans education benefits dependent on future funding by Congress?

No, they are entitlement programs and do not depend on future legislation by Congress.

May Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits be used at all institutions?

No. Various education programs are only available under specific GI Bill programs. In order to receive benefits, students have to be at an eligible institution of higher learning and in an approved education program, which includes state agency approval. You should ensure the education program you wish to enroll in will be qualified for reimbursement under the GI Bill for which you are eligible.

Does the Post-9/11 GI Bill cover distance education?

Yes, however, the housing stipend is not available (restrictions apply).

Are MGIB education benefits different than Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits?

Yes. MGIB provides a single monthly amount intended to cover a personís tuition, fees, supplies, books, equipment and other education costs. Veterans have 10 years to use MGIB benefits. Benefits are paid directly to the beneficiary. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides separate payments for tuition and fees, housing and books and supplies. Veterans have 15 years to use their benefits. Tuition and fees are paid directly to the institution. Housing and books and supplies stipends are paid directly to the beneficiary. Depending on a personís circumstances, MGIB may provide better benefits than the new Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Common Questions about Veterans Education Benefits Continued


Will other veteran education benefit programs remain in effect after August 1, 2009?

Yes, other veterans education benefits, including MGIB, will continue alongside the Post-9/11 GI Bill. It is imperative that veterans consider carefully which program will be best for them based on their personal circumstances and are encouraged to speak with their branch representative.

Are my veteran education benefits taxable?

No, any education benefits paid to a beneficiary by the Veterans Administration does not need to be reported on an income tax return.