The GI Bill provides incredible education benefits for eligible Guard Soldiers. If you qualify, you could earn a monthly expense allowance of up to $384—totaling over $13,500 in a four-year period. And if you qualify for the Army National Guard Kicker, you’ll earn even more.
Best of all, this money is sent directly to you (not to your school) to spend on books, supplies—anything you want.
Most of these benefits can be used to pay for a college degree, a trade or apprenticeship program, and many other training or professional licensing programs. And some benefits may be transferable to dependents.
An education assistance program for individuals serving in the Selected Reserve—including the National Guard and other Reserve forces.
Provides education assistance to members of the Ready Reserve who were called up to Active Duty on or after September 11, 2001.
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended REAP on November 25, 2015. Some individuals will remain eligible for REAP benefits until November 25, 2019, while others are no longer eligible for REAP benefits.
This change affects beneficiaries differently:
Provides education assistance to eligible service members who have served a sufficient period of Active Duty on or after July 1, 1985.
For Soldiers with at least 90 days of Active Duty service on or after September 11, 2001, the Post-9/11 GI Bill can cover up to 100 percent of your tuition, depending on the length of time you’ve served. You may also be eligible for a housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies, and your benefits may be transferable to your dependents. You’ll also find information about the Yellow Ribbon Program, which can help pay higher private school, graduate school or out-of-state tuitions.
A supplement to the Montgomery GI Bill that pays up to $350 per month in living expenses—up to $12,600 over 36 months—on top of your GI Bill benefits, for recruits and Soldiers in critical military jobs and units. You’ll need to apply and qualify for this program.
If you’re an active member of the National Guard or Reserve, you may qualify to transfer your Chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit entitlement to your dependents. Find out if you qualify, and learn how to apply to make the most of your earned benefits. You can also find specific information for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA).
Each of these Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits has its own requirements and application procedures. You'll find detailed instructions at each of the links listed above.
To determine which GI Bill version will offer you the greatest benefits based on your military experience, use the Benefit Comparison Tool. Payment rates for VA educational assistance programs vary depending on the type of education or training you pursue, as well as your enrollment status. You'll find a list of current payment rates at the VA's Rate Tables page.
Note about VA-approved programs
The first step on the road to using your VA education benefits is identifying an education or training program that is approved by the VA. There are two ways to identify these programs:
For more information about GI Bill benefits—including which GI Bill is best for you—call the GI Bill Support Team at 866-628-5999.