The GI Bill and How it Works

The term "GI Bill" refers to any educational benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs earned by members of the armed forces and their family members.

GI Bill and How it Works

The term "GI Bill" refers to any educational benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs earned by members of the armed forces and their family members. These benefits are designed to assist service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with receiving a higher education or job training. There are several GI Bill programs, and each is administrated differently depending on the individual's eligibility and duty status.

A service member or veteran may be eligible for several types of VA education and training benefits. For most participants, the Post-9/11 GI Bill is the best option. Other students would benefit more from the Montgomery GI Bill.

If an individual is eligible for more than one education benefit, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill, he or she must choose which benefit to receive, a decision that's final and cannot be changed.

If an individual is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and two or more additional education benefits, he or she must give up one of the additional education benefits. However, he or she may remain eligible for the benefit or benefits that were not given up.

To learn more about the various types of GI Bill options, click on the links below:

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