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Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty

Benefit overview

The Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty can help you pay for education and training programs. If you’ve served at least two years on active duty, you may qualify for the MGIB-AD program.

The amount you receive depends on:

  • Your length of service
  • The type of education or training program you choose
  • Your category
  • Whether you qualify for a college fund or kicker
  • How much you’ve paid into the Buy-Up program

You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB-AD benefits, but this may change depending on your situation.

How this benefit helps

This benefit helps by assisting you to:

  • Achieve your professional and personal self-development goals.
  • Save money while pursuing your degrees.
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Use MGIB-AD to meet your educational and career goals

Continuing your education can help you achieve your career goals, both inside and outside the military.

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Use MGIB-AD to save money while continuing your education

MGIB-AD can save you thousands of dollars per year. Use the benefits you have earned to help pay for your education or training program!

How to access this benefit

To access the MGIB-AD benefit, the Department of Veterans Affairs must first approve the program.  You can find approved programs through the GI Bill® Comparison Tool. Or contact the VA through Ask VA. If the program is approved, you then need to submit an Application for VA Benefits (VA Form 22-1990) online.

Once approved, your school or training program will need to certify your enrollment. You’ll need to verify your enrollment at the end of each month to keep receiving payments. You can verify your enrollment online through the Web Automated Verification system (called “WAVE”) or by phone by calling 877-823-2378 (TTY: 711).

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