Student Veterans Center

Montgomery G.I. Bill - Chapter 30

The Montgomery G.I. Bill provides education benefits to Veterans and service members who have at least two years of active duty service. This benefit can provide up to 36 months of benefits.

HOW CAN I USE THIS BENEFIT AT XAVIER UNIVERSITY?

  1. Apply to Xavier University
  2. Apply for the Montgomery G.I. Bill, once your application has been approved by the VA, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by mail
  3. Upon being admitted to Xavier, schedule an appointment with the Veterans Advisor, Spencer Rumley, to schedule courses (undergraduate students only, graduate students should contact their program director or academic department for guidance on scheduling courses)
  4. Provide a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the Veterans Advisor, Spencer Rumley either by email or hand delivery (If you have previously used VA Education benefits at another university/college, please complete VA Form 22-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training)
  5. After you have scheduled courses, complete the VA Education Benefits Enrollment Request Form available on the Current Students page
  6. Each month that you are enrolled, you are required to verify your enrollment with the Veterans Administration through the WAVE system; this is required to receive your monthly payment

Am I eligible for the Montgomery G.I. Bill?

You can get education benefits through this program if you were honorably discharged and you meet the requirements of one of the categories below.

One of these categories must describe you:

Category I

All of these are true:

  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit
  • Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985
  • Had your military pay reduced by $100 a month for the first 12 months of service

And at least one of these is true. You served continuously (with no break) for:

  • 3 years
  • 2 years if that was your agreement when you enlisted
  • 4 years if you entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty 

Category II

All of these are true. You:

  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit
  • Entered active duty before January 1, 1977 (or before January 2, 1978, under a delayed enlistment program contracted before January 1, 1977)
  • Served at least 1 day between October 19, 1984, and June 30, 1985, and stayed on active duty through June 30, 1988 (or through June 30, 1987, if you entered the Selected Reserve within 1 year of leaving active duty and served 4 years)
  • Had at least 1 day of entitlement left under the Vietnam Era GI Bill (Chapter 34) as of December 31, 1989

Category III

All of these are true:

  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit
  • Don’t qualify for Montgomery G.I. Bill under categories I or II
  • Had your military pay reduced by $1,200 before separation

And one of these is true. You:

  • Were on active duty on September 30, 1990, and involuntarily separated after February 2, 1991
  • Involuntarily separated on or after November 30, 1993
  • Chose to voluntarily separate under either the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) program or the Special Separation Benefit (SSB) program

Category IV

Both of these are true:

  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit
  • Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months or made a $1,200 lump-sum contribution 

And one of these is true:

  • Were on active duty on October 9, 1996, had money left in a VEAP account on that date, and chose Montgomery G.I. Bill before October 9, 1997
  • Entered full-time National Guard duty under title 32, USC, between July 1, 1985, and November 28, 1989, and chose MGIB between October 9, 1996, and July 9, 1997

 

WHAT KIND OF BENEFITS MAY I BE ELIGIBLE FOR?

You may get up to 36 months of education benefits. We’ll pay the benefits monthly. The amount you’ll receive depends on these factors:

  • Your length of service
  • The type of education or training program you choose
  • Your category (as defined above)
  • Whether you qualify for a college fund or kicker

Note: You usually have 10 years to use your Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits. This may change depending on your situation.

 

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