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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.


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:

  • 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:

  • 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.


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.


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