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Montgomery G.I. Bill Educational Benefits (Chapter 30 & 1606)

HOW TO APPLY
Chapter 30
The student must obtain a copy of VA Form 22-1990 (Application for VA Educational Benefits) from the college's Veterans Certifying Official or from the VA Web site: http://www.gibill.va.gov. The student must submit the completed form to the college's Veterans Certifying Official, along with Member-4 copy (showing the character of service) of their DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) for each enlistment period.

Chapter 1606
The student must obtain a copy of VA Form 22-1990 (Application for VA Educational Benefits) from the college's Veterans Certifying Official or from the VA Web site: http://www.gibill.va.gov. The student must submit the completed form to the college's Veterans Certifying Official, along with a DD-2384, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) from the Education Officer at their unit.

WHAT DETERMINES ELIGIBILITY?
Chapter 30
If the student has served in the active military services and is applying for Chapter 30 benefits, the DD-214 must indicate that the student participated in the program (paid $100 per month for 12 months) and that the student received an honorable discharge. If the student served in the active military services and is applying for Chapter 32 (Post-Vietnam Era Education Assistance Program), they must have paid into the program while on active duty.
 
Chapter 1606
The student must have completed one year of their original enlistment, and have completed their basic training in the National Guard or Selected Reserves. The student must be actively serving on a 6-year commitment with the National Guard or Selective Reserve unit.


HOW ARE THE RECIPIENTS SELECTED?
The Department of Veterans Affairs reviews the applications and makes the selection based on their guidelines.


HOW IS THE AMOUNT OF THE AWARD DETERMINED?
Chapter 30
The monthly education benefits have base amounts for two years of service, or for three or more years of service. In addition, some individuals may have bonuses or "kickers" which will increase the amount they receive each month. The bonus is determined at the time the member enters the service. Chapter 30 benefits last for 36 months at full time continuous enrollment. Chapter 32 recipients will receive three times what they paid in, divided over 36 months.

Chapter 1606
The monthly education benefits have a base amount, but certain units now give "kickers". The student needs to check with their unit to see if they qualify for a "kicker". Chapter 1606 benefits last for 36 months at full time continuous enrollment.


HOW AND WHEN ARE THE FUNDS PAID OUT?
The applications are submitted to the regional Department of Veterans Affairs at St. Louis. The first pay may take six to eight weeks (or more if the application is incomplete) before it is received. After that, the student is paid their first payment. Thereafter, they will be paid each month for the previous month's attendance. Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606 students must perform a monthly verification prior to receiving their monthly pay.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Students can receive a total of 48 months of benefits if they qualify under more than one program. Montgomery "GI Bill" education benefits can be used for both undergraduate and graduate work. If the student is attending at a rate less than full-time, they will receive a smaller monthly amount and the length of time will be extended accordingly. A Chapter 30 student has a maximum of 10 years from the date of discharge to use the benefit or it is forfeited. A Chapter 32 student can apply for the balance of the money they paid in if they run out of time. A Chapter 1606 student has a maximum of 10 years from the date they become eligible to use the benefit or it is forfeited.

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