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GI Bill Overview

Amy Bushatz, Military.com Contributor

February 27, 2020

GI Bill Overview
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 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) Fry Scholarship

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 On-the-job/Apprenticeship Training Licensing & Certification Reimbursement National Testing Programs such as SAT, CLEP, AP, etc Flight Training Correspondence Training Work-study programs Tuition Assistance Top-Up Tutorial Assistance

Keep Up With Your Education Benefits

Whether you need a guide on how to use your GI Bill, want to take advantage of tuition assistance and scholarships, or get the lowdown on education benefits available for your family, Military.com can help. Subscribe to Military.com to have education tips and benefits updates delivered directly to your inbox. Amy Bushatz, Military.com Contributor

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