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®.