College & G.I. Bill Guide for Veterans

College & G.I. Bill Guide for Veterans

Shared by a researcher for academic resources (, they have compiled a concise and easy to understand guide about the financial and other resources available to military and veteran personnel.  I have included the short section about the Post 9/11 GI Bill here, but there is WAY more available.   Two things in the GI Bill stand out for veterans who want to be farmers:  Aid for apprenticeship or on-the-job training and Entrepreneurship training.  The link for the whole guide follows the following excerpt:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill: This revised version of the GI Bill was implemented to benefit military personnel who served after Sept. 11, 2001. Through the bill, educational and housing support is provided to soldiers who served at least 90 days after Sept. 10, 2001, or who were discharged with a service-related disability 30 days or more after the terrorist attack. The following provisions are included:
    • Tuition and registration fees for 36 months of higher education, which are generally available to military personnel up to 15 years after release from active duty; tuition rates are capped at the national maximum rate
    • The Yellow Ribbon Program is in place to provide some support for military personnel who wish to attend private schools, out-of-state schools, or other, more expensive academic programs.
    • A monthly housing allowance, as well as a one-time ‘rural benefit payment’
    • An annual stipend for books and course materials
    • The amount of time served since 9/11 will affect the amount of benefits received by the individual. Benefits will be awarded as follows:
      • 100% – 36 or more total months served since 9/10/2001
      • 100% – 30 or more consecutive days with a disability-related discharge
      • 90% – 30 total months
      • 80% – 24 total months
      • 70% – 18 total months
      • 60% – 12 total months
      • 50% – 6 total months
      • 40% – 90 or more days
  • Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD): This program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits for the following programs:
    • Academic degrees or professional certificates
    • Online coursework
    • Flight training
    • High-tech training
    • Apprenticeship or on-the-job training
    • Entrepreneurship training
    • Certain professional and licensing examinations
  • Recipients must fall into one of five categories related to the duration of their military service and service salary. The “$600 Buy-up Program” allows military personnel to contribute an additional $600 to the GI Bill in exchange for up to $5,400 additional education-related benefits; this contribution must be made while the individual is on active duty,
  • Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR): This program is open to any selected reserve personnel in any of the five main branches of the military, as well as the Army National Guard and Air National Guard, who meet the following criteria.
    • He or she has at least a six-year commitment to the Selected Reserve that was signed after June 30, 1985; officers must have agreed to serve an additional six years. In some cases, a six-year commitment that began since September 30, 1990, is required.
    • The individual must complete his or her initial active duty for training (IADT) after receiving a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.
    • He or she must remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit; MGIB – SR is also open to individuals who were discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability unrelated to misconduct. The eligibility period may be extended for those who are ordered to active duty.

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