Have you ever heard of the GI Bill? Earned by members of the U.S. military, the GI Bill is an education benefit given to active duty, Selected Reserve and members of the National Guard and, in some cases, their families.
Administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, what part of the GI Bill program is used depends on a person’s eligibility, duty status and even years in service. Those factors also might change what kind of education it covers and how much the benefit is really worth.
GI Bill Programs
These GI Bill programs have a variety of eligibility requirements, and payment amounts:
Post-9/11 GI Bill
Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill
Reserve and Guard Montgomery GI Bill
Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Program
$1,000 April Scholarship
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These programs are not truly a part of the GI Bill, but are available to survivors of service members who die in the line of duty or dependents of totally disabled veterans:
Dependents' Education Assistance (DEA)
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Training Available With the U.S. Military GI Bill
There are several types of training that might be covered by GI Bill military benefits.
College degree programs including Associate, Bachelor, and advanced degree programs
Vocational/Technical Training including non-college degree programs
Licensing & Certification Reimbursement
National Testing Programs such as SAT, CLEP, AP, etc
Tuition Assistance Top-Up
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Amy Bushatz, Military.com Contributor