How the GI Bill Works
GI Bill funding comes in various forms. You may be eligible for more than one GI Bill Chapter, but you cannot use them simultaneously.
Once your eligibility is determined, your benefits are paid on a per-day basis, and are not based on the tuition amount. For example, if you have a fall term totaling 80 days, you will only use 80 days of benefits. Regardless of whether you are a full-time or a part-time student, your benefits will lapse at the same rate. Additionally, most veterans can use the GI Bill to pursue more than one degree as long as they have time/days left to use. Contact one of the Walsh School Certifying Officials to find out tips to maximize your veteran and military educational benefits.
Regardless of which GI Bill you use, you are only paid benefits for classes you attend. If you drop a course or stop attending, your payments for that term will be reduced by a prorated percentage. Payments are normally made at the beginning of each month for the month prior.
Benefit comparison tools are helpful in determining which benefit best suits your needs. “Rate of pursuit” refers to how many classes you attend per term, i.e. full-time, three-quarter time, or half-time pursuit. Benefits are normally prorated based on these classifications.
- Chapter 30 - Montgomery G.I. Bill - Active Duty. Must have entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985, and have made monthly contributions while on active duty.
- Chapter 31 - The Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Program (VR&E) is for veterans determined as disabled by the Veterans Administration. To be considered for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, you must have received, or will eventually receive, an honorable, or other than dishonorable, discharge; have a VA service-connected disability rating of 10% or higher; and apply for vocational rehabilitation services.
- Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. You must have served at least 90 days of active duty service on or after September 11, 2001 and received an honorable discharge.
- Chapter 35 - Spouses and dependent children of veterans who are 100% permanently and totally disabled or who died while serving on active duty.
- Chapter 1606 - Selected Reservist or National Guard Members. You must have entered or extended your enlistment for at least six years on or after July 1, 1985.
- Chapter 1607 - REAP (Reserve Education Assistance Program). You must have served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under Title 10 US Code for a contingency operation and served at least 90 consecutive days or more.