How VA Processes Monthly Educational Benefits

Montgomery GI Bill (active duty) | Vocational Rehab | Post 9/11 | Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance | Montgomery GI Bill (reservists) | Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

VA Educational Programs

Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD/Chapter 30)
  • Monthly benefit paid to student. View payment rate table.
  • Student uses monthly benefit to pay tuition/fees to school.
  • May be eligible for kicker if part of the original enlistment contract or part of a re-enlistment contract.
  • Must certify enrollment with VA Regional Office at the end of each month, by phone, 1-877 838-2778 or on-line.

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Vocational Rehab and Employment Services (VRE/Chapter 31)

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Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
  • Tuition and fees paid directly to school.
  • Book stipend paid to student, $41.67 per credit hour, up to $1000 available from August to August. Payment amounts vary based on the following:
    • Payment eligibility rating, a range of 40% to 100%
    • Enrollment status, full-time or less.
  • Monthly housing stipend (BHA/BAH) paid to student. View payment rate table. Payment amounts vary based on the following:
    • Payment eligibility rating, a range of 40% to 100%
    • Enrollment status, full-time or less, and enrolled more than 50% rate of pursuit
    • Enrolled in all on-line courses, and enrolled more than 50% rate of pursuit
    • If spouse is currently active duty, not eligible for monthly housing stipend.

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Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA/Chapter 35)
  • Monthly benefit paid to student. View payment rate table.
  • Student uses monthly benefit to pay tuition/fees to school.

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Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR/Chapter 1606)
  • Monthly benefit paid to student. View payment rate table.
  • Student uses monthly benefit to pay tuition/fees to school.
  • May be eligible for kicker if part of the original enlistment contract or part of a re-enlistment contract.
  • Must certify enrollment with VA Regional Office at the end of each month, by phone, 1-877 838-2778 or on-line.

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Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607)
  • Monthly benefit paid to student. View payment rate table.
  • Student uses monthly benefit to pay tuition/fees to school.
  • May be eligible for kicker if part of the original enlistment contract or part of a re-enlistment contract.
  • Must certify enrollment with VA Regional Office at the end of each month, by phone, 1-877 838-2778 or on-line.