Office of Veteran Affairs

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty CHAPTER 30, Title 38 U.S.C.

  • Entitlement
  • Required Documents
  • Pamphlet

VA.GOV for Chapter 30

Who is eligible?

Chapter 30 benefits generally apply to honorably discharged veterans who began active duty service for the first time after June 30, 1985, who had their pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months. For information on the four eligibility categories, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/montgomery_bill.asp.

Entitlement

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. It may extend to the end of term if it expires during the term. If there’s a kicker, the kicker doesn’t extend.

The monthly benefit paid to you is based on your enrollment, length of your service, and your category.
Contributions
Veterans may have a kicker, additional contributions, or both. The higher benefit rates are paid automatically when benefits are paid. If veterans don’t receive the benefit they believe they are entitled to receive, they should call The Department of Veterans Affairs about the discrepancy so that VA can resolve the discrepancy with the Department of Defense.

  • Kicker is part of the enlistment contract. It might be referred to as; Army College Fund, Navy Sea College Fund.
    • For example, $12,000 kicker is $333.33 ($12,000 / 36 months).
  • Buy Up a service member may contribute up to $600.00 more into the program, which will increase the basic full-time Chapter 30 benefit by $150.00 per month. Not refundable for those who elect Chapter 33.
  • The $1,200.00 Contribution toward Chapter 30 is non-refundable with one exception.
    • Those who elect and exhaust their Chapter 33 entitlement and are receiving a monthly housing allowance can receive a refund of the $1,200.00 contribution, proportional to the amount of unused chapter 30 entitlements at the time of election for chapter 33.
    • To get the refund, you must request it in writing to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Period of Eligibility
Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. It may be extended for a later period of active duty or disability that prevents completion of program.

Current Payment Rates: Effective October 1, 2015
For trainees on active duty, payment is limited to reimbursement of tuition and fees for the training taken.
If you participated in the “$600.00 buy-up” rates can be found HERE

 

Make sure that your Start and End date of classes for the term reflects your intended Monthly Rate.

FALL & SPRING TERMS 3 year or more
obligation *
Less than 3 year obligation **
Enrollment Credits Hours Monthly Rate Monthly Rate

Full time

12

$1,789.00

$1,454.00

3/4 time

9-11

$1,341.75

$1,090.00

1/2 time

6-8

$894.50

$727.00

Less than 1/2 time more than 1/4 time

4-5

Tuition & fees not to exceed
$894.50

Tuition & fees not to exceed
$727.00

1/4 time or less

1-3

Tuition & fees not to exceed
$447.25

Tuition & fees not to exceed
$363.50

Summer Term 3 year or more
obligation *
Less than 3 year obligation **
Enrollment 12
Weeks of Classes
(TWJ or TWK)
8
Weeks of Classes
6
Weeks of Classes
4
Weeks of Classes
Monthly Rate Monthly Rate

 

Full time
Credits Needed

8

6

4

3

$1,789.00

$1,454.00

 

3/4 time
Credits Needed

 

7-6

 

5-4

 

3

 

2

$1,341.75

$1,090.00

 

1/2 time
Credits Needed

 

5-4

 

3

 

2

 

n/a

$894.50

$727.00

 

Less than 1/2 time more than 1/4 time
Credits Needed

 

 

3

 

 

2

 

 

n/a

 

 

1

Tuition & Fees
not to exceed $894.50

Tuition & Fees
not to exceed $727.00

 

1/4 time or less
Credits Needed

 

1-2

 

1

 

1

 

n/a

 

Tuition & Fees
not to exceed
$447.25

Tuition & Fees
not to exceed $363.50

* Entitlement charged at the rate of one month for each $1,789.00 paid.
** Entitlement charged at the rate of one month for each $1,454.00 paid.

  Student Category Chapter 30
Montgomery GI Bill
First Time
Using Benefits
 Submit to Valencia:
  • C.O.E; (or) 22-1990
  • DD-214
Request from Valencia:
  • Certification
  • Statement of Understanding
Transfer Students  Submit to Valencia:
  • C.O.E. (If for Valencia College) or 22-1995
  • DD-214
Request from Valencia:
  • Certification
  • Statement of Understanding
Transient Students  Submit to Valencia:
  • Transient Form
Request from Valencia:
  • Certification
  • C.O.E - (Certificate of Eligibility)
    • Obtain this from the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551
  • 22-1990 -The Department of Veterans Affairs Application for Educational Benefits.
    • Submit 22-1990 through VONAPP. Print out and provide a copy with confirmation number to a Valencia College VA Representative.

 

  • DD-214 - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
    • The DD-214 is issued upon a military service member's retirement, separation, or discharge from active-duty military.
  • 22-1995 - Change of Place of Training Form.
    • Submit 22-1995 through VONAPP. Print out and provide a copy with confirmation number to a Valencia College VA Representative.

 

  • Transient Form - Authorization to take course(s) at a secondary institution
    • For Florida Institutions submit a Transient Student Admissions Application
    • For all other states, request a letter from your primary school addressed to Valencia College Certifying Official. Please refer to example.

Example of Transient Form

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