The Montgomery GI Bill is one of the most valuable benefits available to military members and veterans. In many cases, it is worth tens of thousands of dollars in education benefits. If you want to know how much you can earn in MGIB benefits, then check out these GI Bill Rates tables to find the corresponding monthly payments based on your GI Bill program and the educational program you are attending.
About these GI Bill rates: Each year the VA reassesses the cost of tuition and updates the benefits paid to GI Bill recipients. In most cases the value of the Montgomery GI Bill increases each year based on the Consumer Price Index. We update this information each year to reflect the new GI Bill rates and present the most accurate information we can.
That said, each situation is unique and this chart should only be used as a reference. You should contact the VA and your educational institution to determine your eligibility and the status of your benefits. Remember – Montgomery GI Bill benefits expire 10 years after your last separation from active duty, so be sure to use them before they do!
- GI Bill Refunds: It is possible to get a GI Bill refund under limited circumstances.
- Transfer GI Bill Benefits: It is also possible to transfer the GI Bill to family members. You must be enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill and agree to extend your service in the military. This option is not available once you separate or retire from the military.
Know your GI Bill benefits: The Montgomery GI Bill for Active Duty military members (MGIB-AD/Chapter 30) is probably the most common GI Bill plan, and those are the rates covered in this article. The MGIB is the GI Bill plan military members were given the opportunity to buy into for $1,200 during basic training. There is another GI Bill plan, the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which is available to military members who served after September 11, 2001. The Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits are paid directly to the school or educational institution (more info below).
Montgomery GI Bill Monthly Rates – 2016-2017
The Montgomery GI Bill offers eligible recipients a monthly stipend while they are attending classes at a qualified training institution. The checks are sent on a monthly basis and are made payable to the student. Payments to trainees on active duty status are limited to the reimbursement of tuition and fees. If the trainee uses military tuition assistance, the payments are limited to the difference between the tuition assistance and the remaining tuition and fees.
The following payment rates for the Montgomery GI Bill are good for Fiscal Year 2017, or from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017:
|Institutional Training Time||Monthly GI Bill Rate|
|Less than ½ time more than ¼ time||$928.50**|
|¼ Time or less||$464.25**|
Using the MGIB for Apprenticeships and On-Job Training
The MGIB can also be used for apprenticeships and On-Job Training. The following rates cover these types of training:
|Apprenticeship and On-Job Training||Monthly GI Bill Rate|
|First six months of training||$1,392.75|
|Second six months of training||$1,021.35|
|Remaining pursuit of training||$649.95|
MGIB Rates, Less Than 3 Years Service
Rates are given for servicemembers who served 3 years or more on Active Duty. If you served fewer than 3 years:
|Institutional Training Time||Monthly GI Bill Rate|
|Less than ½ time more than ¼ time||$754.50**|
|¼ Time or less||$377.25**|
MGIB Rates for Apprenticeships & OJT, Less Than 3 Years Service
|Apprenticeship and On-Job Training
(Less than 3 Years)
|Monthly GI Bill Rate|
|First six months of training||$1,131.75|
|Second six months of training||$829.95|
|Remaining pursuit of training||$528.15|
Additional notes about these MGIB Rates:
- Flight Training — Students pursuing courses which consist solely of flight training will be paid at 60% of the approved rates.
- ** Tuition and Fees only. Payment cannot exceed listed amount.
$600 Top up program. The Montgomery GI Bill and Reserve Educational Assistance Program both have a program which allows members to “top up” their GI Bill by buying additional benefits. Also called the GI Bill Kicker, this plan allows members to buy additional benefits in $20 increments, up to a total of $600. MGIB and REAP recipients will then receive an additional stipend on their monthly GI Bill payment, valued at 1/4 the amount they paid into the buy up program for full-time attendance (rates vary based on full-time or partial-time attendance). You can find the full $600 Buy Up Chart at the VA website.
Montgomery GI Bill for Reserves
The above listed rates are for members of the Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill program (Chapter 30). There are other MGIB programs available to military members, including the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR/Chapter 1606) and the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607). You can find the current rates for these programs at the VA website:
Post 9/11 GI Bill Rates
The Post 9/11 GI Bill makes tuition payments directly to the educational institution. Benefits can be used at a variety of higher learning institutions, but rates are capped at the rates of the most expensive state Institution of Higher Learning (IHL). Click to see current rates. Recipients may be eligible to receive BAH benefits based on the rates of an E-5 with dependents, a book stipend, and more. BAH rates are based on the zip code of the school the recipient is attending.
Use your GI Bill Benefits! GI Bill benefits don’t last forever. Your MGIB benefits expire 10 years after your last separation from Active Duty status. Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits are good for 15 years after you separate. Contact the VA, or search GI Bill Schools to start using your GI Bill benefits before they expire!