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Assistance Programs


The Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB) General or Detailed Information was

enacted by Congress to attract high quality men and women into the Armed

Forces. The MGIB program

provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for

degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job

training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses

may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for

10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly

known as Chapter 30. Check theNewsarea for current rates

of paymentThe program is administered by the Department of

Veterans Affairs. An

on-line MGIB pamphlet provides more detailed information.  VA now reimburses for some Licensing and Certification

Tests. Questions and Answers.

Work-Study Program

This program is available to any student

receiving VA education benefits who is attending school three-quarter time or

more. An individual working under this program may work at the school veterans’

office, VA Regional Office, VA Medical Facilities, or at approved State

employment offices. Work-study students are paid at either the state or Federal

minimum wage, which ever is greater. If you have questions on this program

contact our toll-free number 1-888-442-4551.

Tutorial Assistance Program

Tutorial assistance is available if you are

receiving VA educational assistance at the half-time or more rate and have a

deficiency in a subject making tutoring necessary. If you have questions on this

program please contact the toll-free number 1-888-442-4551.



This area has common VA forms and related forms available

for you to print. Visit this area to see what’s there or contact the toll-free

number 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to request Education


Tuition Assistance “Top-Up”

On October 30, 2000, the President signed

into law an amendment to the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty education program

that permits VA to pay a Tuition Assistance Top- up benefit. The amount of the

benefit can be equal to the difference between the total cost of a college

course and the amount of Tuition Assistance that is paid by the military for the


To be eligible for the Top-up benefit, the person must be approved for

federal Tuition Assistance by a military department and be eligible for

MGIB-Active Duty benefits. To be eligible for MGIB benefits, the person must be

an MGIB – Active Duty participant and must have served at least 2 full years on

Active Duty.  General Information

The benefit is available for all courses that began on or

after October 30, 2000. A copy of the Tuition Assistance Authorization form for

the course that has been signed by an authorized military official will be

required. People who have not requested MGIB benefits before should submit a VA

Form 22-1990 to establish eligibility.

The application and other evidence should

be sent to one of the VA’s four education processing offices in Atlanta,

Buffalo, Muskogee (OK), or St. Louis. The application form and the addresses of

the offices are available on the Internet at



General or

Detailed Information The Post-Vietnam Veterans’ Educational

Assistance Program, also known as VEAP, was enacted by Congress to attract high

quality men and women into the all-voluntary Armed Forces.  VEAP is available if you first

entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to

make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education

benefit program.  Your contributions

are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government.  These benefits

may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship and on-the-job

training and correspondence courses approved for veteran’s training. The program

is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  An

on-line VEAP pamphlet provides more detailed




DEA provides General or

Detailed Information education and training opportunities to eligible dependents

of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related

condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related

condition.  The program offers up to

45 months of education benefits. 

These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs,

apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a

correspondence course.  Remedial,

deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Summary of Benefits Under the Educational Assistance Test Program

Section 901 of Public Law 96-342 

Detailed Information Section

901 is an Educational Assistance Test Program created by the Department of

Defense Authorization Act of 1981 (Public Law 96-342) to encourage enlistment

and reenlistment in the Armed Forces. Benefits are available to individuals who

entered on active duty after September 30, 1980, and before October 1, 1981 (or

before October 1, 1982, if entry was under a delayed enlistment contract signed

between September 30, 1980, and October 1, 1981).  NOTE:  Although Public Law 96-342

established a beginning date for the test program as October 1, 1980 the

military service departments did not start offering the test program to new

enlistees until December 1, 1980. 



The Air Force

Tuition Assistance (TA) program is an important quality of life program that

provides up to 75% tuition and fees for college courses taken by active duty

personnel during off-duty hours.  TA is capped at $187.50 per semester hour

(or  $125 per quarter hour) and is restricted to a maximum of $3500 per

fiscal year. The program is one of the most frequent reasons given for enlisting

and re-enlisting in the Air Force. For more information contact your

local Education




Contact your Education Officer for further information about

your State’s College Tuition Assistance Program.