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Education Benefits Eligibility

If you’re an active-duty Servicemember or Veteran, a member of the National Guard or Reserves, or a qualified survivor or dependent, you may be able to get help from VA to pay your tuition, pick out a school, choose a career, and more. Find out if you qualify for VA education benefits through the GI Bill program and other educational assistance programs.

Can I get VA education benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill?

You may be able to get benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill if you’ve served on active duty for at least 90 days, whether continuous (all at once) or interrupted (for shorter periods over time), after September 10, 2001.
Learn more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

You can check to see if you have Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
View and print your statement of benefits.


Can I get VA education benefits through the Montgomery GI Bill?

You may be able to get benefits through 1 of our 2 Montgomery GI Bill programs: the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) or the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR).


You can get benefits through MGIB-AD if you served at least 2 years on active duty and you meet all of the requirements listed below.

All of these must be true. You:

  • Were honorably discharged, and
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit, and
  • Meet other requirements

Learn more about MGIB-AD.


You can get benefits through MGIB-SR if you’re a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Cost Guard Reserves, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard, and you meet all of the requirements listed below.

All of these must be true. You:

  • Have either a 6-year service obligation (you agreed to serve 6 years) in the Selected Service, or
  • Are an officer in the Selected Reserve who agreed to serve 6 years in addition to your initial service obligation, and
  • Meet other requirements

Learn more about MGIB-SR.


Can I get VA education benefits through other programs?

You may be able to get help paying for school tuition, testing fees, and advanced licensing and certifications through other VA educational assistance programs. You may also be able to get entrepreneurship training to help start or improve a small business.

Learn more about advanced training and certifications.

Learn about other educational assistance programs.

If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation and employment (VR&E) benefits and services—like help exploring employment options and getting more training if required.

Find out if you qualify for VR&E benefits and services.


What should I do if I received an other than honorable, bad conduct, or dishonorable discharge?

If you’ve received one of these discharge statuses, you may not be eligible for VA benefits.


There are 2 ways you can try to qualify:

Find out how to apply for a discharge upgrade.
Learn about the VA Character of Discharge review process.


Can my spouse or dependent children get VA education benefits?

In some cases, the dependent or surviving spouse and children of a Veteran can get educational assistance through a GI Bill program.
Learn more about Survivors’ and Dependents’ Assistance.

Also, if you haven’t used all of your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, you may be able to transfer up to 36 months of benefits to your spouse or a dependent child.
Learn more about transferring benefits.

If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, your dependent family members may be eligible for career and educational counseling—and other support—through the VR&E program.
Learn more about VR&E services for dependent family members.

Learn about the application process.