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GI Bill®

When you've decided that Shippensburg University is the place for you, our dedicated team can help you with the financial aid and dedicated veterans resource services you need to succeed. We're eternally grateful for your sacrifices and we're here to help you succeed at Ship.

Veterans that need to complete all necessary paperwork with the Veterans Affairs Coordinator for payment of the Montgomery GI Bill® Educational Assistance Benefits (MGIB) will need to know what chapter they are for enrollment.

  • Chapter 30: Active Duty Military (Basic Training is not classified as active duty)
  • Chapter 31: Veterans need a 10% Veterans Affairs disability or more to apply. The Department of Veterans Affairs must approve entrance into this program.
  • Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®): Effective August 2009, Reserve and National Guard members who have been active for more than 90 days since 9/11/01.
  • Chapter 35: For spouses and children of 100% service-connected disabled Veterans or spouses and children of Veterans who died in service or of a service-connected disability.
  • Chapter 1606: Reservist or National Guard Members
  • Chapter 1607 (REAP): Meet the Chapter 1606 basic eligibility and were called to or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency as declared by the President or Congress.​

MGIB - Selected Reserves Chapter 1606

  • Enlist or reenlist for 6 years after July 1, 1985.
  • Complete IADT and possess a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Eligibility established by a Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)(DD Form 2384)
  • Serve in a drilling unit in good standing.
  • If deployed, may be able to use Chapter 1606 upon separation for the number of days deployed plus four months.

MGIB - Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) Chapter 1607

  • Meet eligibility requirements of Chapter 1606 and:
    • Were called to active duty for 90 continuous days or more on or after 09/11/2001 for a contingency operation as defined by DOD or DHS.
    • Eligibility established by an Active Duty DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
    • May be used while in a drilling status and for 10 years from date of discharge.

MGIB - Active Duty Chapter 30

  • Former Active Duty veterans who join the National Guard may use their Chapter 30 benefits while in the Guard.
  • If deployed with the Guard for 90 days or more will receive a new 10-year delimiting date.


  • Each chapter provides 36 months of education benefit at the full-time rate.
  • Chapter benefits may be combined not to exceed 48 total months of benefit.
  • Veterans should determine the best use of their benefits to maximize the amount of benefit payments over the course of their education.
  • Eligibility and delimiting dates determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Application for Benefits

  • Initial Application:
    • VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits
    • Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)(DD 2364) for Chapter 1606
    • Certificate of Release or Discharge (DD 214) for Chapter 30 and 1607
    • Copy of any "kicker" forms
  • Subsequent Application:
    • VA Form 22-1995, Change of Program or Place of Training
    • Certificate of Release or Discharge (DD 214) for Chapter 1607

Overview of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33 Benefits)

Basic Eligibility

Only active duty service performed after September 10, 2001, may be considered for determining eligibility for this new benefit. To be eligible, a service member or veteran must have served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty. However, individuals honorably discharged for a service-connected disability who served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001, may also establish eligibility.

Basic Benefits

The maximum basic benefit provides the following:

  • Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher learning in the state you are attending school;
  • Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to an
    E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the school; and
  • Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year.

The maximum basic benefit is earned after serving an aggregate of 36 months of active duty service or after 30 days of continuous service for those individuals who were discharged for a service-connected disability. Individuals serving between 90 days and 36 months of aggregate active duty service will be eligible for a percentage of the maximum benefit.

The percentage level ranges from 40% of the basic benefit for those whose service is between 90 days and 6 months to 90% for those who served between 30 and 36 months. For example, an individual with 5 months of qualifying service could receive 40% of the tuition benefit, 40% of the monthly housing allowance, and a maximum of $400 books and supplies stipend. The following chart represents the maximum percentage payable based on the length of an individual's aggregate active duty service:

Individuals serving an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of: Includes entry level and skill training? Percentage of Maximum Benefit
At least 36 months Yes 100
At least 30 continuous days on active duty (Discharged due to service-connected disability) Yes 100
At least 30 months, but less than 36 months Yes 90
At least 24 months, but less than 30 months Yes 80
At least 18 months, but less than 24 months No 70
At least 12 months, but less than 18 months No 60
At least 06 months, but less than 12 months No 50
At least 90 days, but less than 06 months No 40


For those individuals entitled to the maximum tuition and fee benefit and whose tuition and fees exceed the highest in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution (i.e. graduate training or training at a private institution), the amount payable is equal to the highest in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution, unless benefits under the  Yellow Ribbon provision apply.

Individuals will generally receive 36 months of full-time education benefits. This should allow an individual to receive benefits for a four-year undergraduate degree based on a nine-month academic year, however, individuals may continue to receive benefits for approved training at an institution of higher learning (degree granting institution), including graduate training, provided they have remaining entitlement. If eligible for more than one VA education program, individuals are limited to a maximum of 48 months of benefits. Those individuals transferring to the Post-9/11 GI Bill® from the Montgomery GI Bill® (chapter 30) will be limited to the amount of their remaining chapter 30 entitlement. Individuals will remain eligible for benefits for 15 years from the date of their last discharge or release from active duty of at least 90 continuous days.

The monthly housing allowance is equal to the military housing benefit rates of an E-5 with dependents. The housing allowance is based on the location of the school and will be sent directly to the veteran for each month of enrollment in school training at more than half time. Individuals on active duty, anyone training at half time or less, and those solely pursuing distance learning are not eligible for the monthly housing allowance.

The maximum yearly books and supplies stipend is $1,000 and will be paid proportionally for each quarter, semester, or term attended in a school year. Payment will be made to the individual during each term he or she is enrolled.

The Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® allows institutions to enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition costs above the highest in-state undergraduate tuition rate. VA will match each additional dollar that an institution of higher learning (IHL) contributes toward an eligible student's tuition costs, up to 50 percent of the difference between the tuition and fees covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the total cost of tuition and fees. Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. IHLs will offer this additional benefit to eligible individuals on a first come, first served basis. Detailed information regarding the Yellow Ribbon Program, including a list of participating Yellow Ribbon institutions will be posted on our website.

Prior MGIB Eligibility

Those individuals transferring from the Montgomery GI Bill® (chapter 30) will have a proportional amount of their basic $1,200 contribution refunded in the last monthly housing allowance payment when entitlement exhausts. Individuals who do not exhaust entitlement under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® will not receive a refund. A refund of the $600 additional contribution is not authorized.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Contact the Veteran Services Office Mowrey 207 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1710
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