If you served at least two years of active duty, you may be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill®-Active
Duty (MGIB-AD) program. The program — sometimes referred to as Chapter
30 — provides up to 36 months of education benefits to qualifying
Veterans and Service Members.
You may qualify for MGIB benefits if you received an honorable
discharge; AND you earned a high school diploma or GED or in some cases
12 hours of college credit; AND you meet Category I, II, III, or IV
requirements detailed here.
The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you
take, length of your service, your category, any college fund
eligibility, and if you contributed to the $600 Buy-Up Program
while on active duty. You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB
benefits, but the time limit can be fewer or more years depending on
your situation. View rates for the latest Education Assistance Allowance
Deploying to Ship
After accepting your admission to Shippensburg University, you will
need to complete the following paperwork with our Veterans Affairs
Coordinator for payment of MGIB benefits:
- VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits—
This form is used to apply for MGIB benefits. If you complete this
application online, a copy of it must be give to our VA Coordinator.
- VA Form DD-2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) —
Eligible members of the Selective Reserve and National Guard can use
this form to determine entitlement to receive MGIB benefits. If you are a
Reservist or in the Guard, you need to obtain your NOBE from your
Other Forms for Reservists and Active-Duty Veterans
You must also present copies of the following forms, if applicable:
- Kicker Contract — A
Reservist from any branch of the service may be offered a Kicker. The
Kicker is an additional amount of money that increases your monthly MGIB
benefits, similar to the Buy-Up Program. Each branch establishes the
qualifications for the Kicker, which is usually based on critical
occupational specialties. You should obtain your Kicker contract from
your assigned unit.
- Form DD-214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents—
A report of separation is generally issued when you perform active duty
or at least 90 consecutive days of active-duty training.
Once you meet with the VA Coordinator and complete the MGIB paperwork, you will have a profile located on www.gibill.va.gov
for enrollment verification and payment of the MGIB. You also have the
option of calling 1-888-442-4551 to complete the enrollment verification
process for payment.
Additional Financial Aid
American Education Services/Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance
Agency (AES/PHEAA) may give Active-Duty (Chapter 30) and REAP (Chapter
1607) Veterans preference when applying for a PHEAA state grant after
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has been filed. To
apply, you must complete the FAFSA by May 1.
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (Chapter 31) assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. If service-connected disabilities are so severe that Veterans are unable to work, Chapter 31 offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) provides payments for education and training. Under Chapter 33 you may be eligible to receive:
- Tuition and fee payment sent directly to Ship
- Monthly housing allowance sent to you
- Books and supplies stipend sent to you
Regardless of Chapter or status, you should complete the FAFSA every
year to apply for financial aid. Members of the National Guard or
Reserves (Chapter 1606) are not defined as a Veteran if activated for
Maintaining Your Eligibility
To maintain your eligibility for Veterans benefits and financial
aid, an undergraduate must maintain a GPA of 1.7 as a freshman and a 2.0
as a sophomore, junior, and senior. As a graduate student, you must
maintain a GPA of 3.0. If you are dismissed and reinstated to Ship
through the appeal process, you may be eligible to continue to receive
your VA educational benefits.
If you have any questions about your eligibility to receive your VA
educational benefits, contact VA Coordinator Robert E. Smith at
717-477-1164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.