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Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty

You may qualify for these benefits if you:

  • Entered active duty for the first time on or after July 1, 1985.
  • Participated in the pay reduction program (pay reduced by $100 per month for the first 12 months).
  • Served honorably for at least two years.

Benefit Guidelines

You will receive a monthly stipend for personal use. You will receive a full benefit for full-time enrollment; the benefit will be reduced proportionately for part-time enrollment. Visit the USDVA website for complete information on current rates. Chapter 30 benefits do not affect your eligibility for federal subsidized loans. However, these benefits are included as income when your eligibility for campus-based aid (work-study, Federal Perkins, and matching grants) is determined. Benefits, generally, must be used within 10 years; however, the time limit may be shorter or longer in rare circumstances.

Documentation Required for Chapter 30

To receive education benefits, you must have a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). A COE can be obtained by going to the Department of Veteran Affairs website and applying for your federal GI Bill education benefits utilizing their Veteran On-Line Application (VONAPP).

Please submit completed forms or document copies to either the Department of Veteran Affairs or the Veteran Advisors Office, according to your circumstances.

If you have never applied for benefits submit a:

  1. Application for VA Benefits (22-1990) through VONAPP
  2. Certificate of Eligibility to the Veteran Advisors Office
  3. Veterans Enrollment Reporting Form to the Veteran Advisors Office

If you have had a one-year break in attendance at the College, or if you used your benefit at another institution submit a:

  1. Change of Program or Place of Training (22-1995) through VONAPP
  2. Certificate of Eligibility to the Veteran Advisors Office
  3. Veterans Enrollment Reporting Form to the Veteran Advisors Office

If you received your benefit at NOVA within the last year submit a:

  1. Veterans Enrollment Reporting Form to the Veteran Advisors Office