Guidance for Choosing GI Bill Programs

Guidance for Choosing GI Bill Programs

There are many things for veterans to consider before choosing which benefit to receive and whether to participate in the Active-Duty or Reserve GI Bill programs. 

Types of Training Offered through GI Bill Program 

There are several types of training that can be taken using the Montgomery GI Bill benefits. These include college (undergraduate, graduate), certificate programs, on-the-job-training, apprenticeship training, flight training, and non-college degree courses.

For the Post 9/11 GI Bill training, please explore the VA Road Map To Success.  

Amount of Benefits Offered under Each Program 

The amount of benefits and the money a veteran will receive is a very important factor to consider before selecting a benefit. While some veterans may receive more money under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, that is not always the case. The Post- 9/11 benefits are paid on a percentage basis, which is determined by the length of active duty service since September 11, 2001. 

Under all other GI Bill programs, veterans will receive a monthly payment at a rate set by Congress that does not vary based on expenses. The following links provide a more exact breakdown for each benefit and level of enrollment: 

Other Factors to Consider 

  • In some locations, the costs of college and housing (which veterans receive payment for under the Post-9/11 GI Bill) are less than the payment received under the Montgomery GI Bill.
  • Individuals eligible for a college fund under other GI Bill programs will continue to receive their college funds as before, unless they are attending classes at ½ time or less.
  • Veterans who participated in the $600 buy-up under the Montgomery GI Bill or REAP will not receive that additional benefit under the Post -9/11 GI Bill.