The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30. Service members who served after 09/10/2001 can also apply for up to an additional 12 months of entitlement under Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill, once their 36 months of benefit for Chapter 30 expire. Or, they can convert to Chapter 33 in lieu of their Chapter 30 benefits before their Chapter 30 benefits expire.
The benefit is a monthly stipend paid directly to the student. The current monthly rate (for those completing an enlistment of three years or more) in the 2016-17 academic year is $1,857 for a full-time student, pro-rated by the number of days in the academic calendar.
How to apply:
- Complete and submit to the VA Form 22-1990 Application for Education Benefits (veterans) or apply online through VONAPP. You will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (which may take several weeks).
- You must submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to MHC’s Student Financial Services in 16 Skinner Hall or fax to 413-538-2512.
More information can be found on the VA website.