Since 1985, the Montgomery GI Bill has helped Soldiers reduce the financial burden of paying for college. Recent changes have enhanced the benefits available, specifically for Soldier who have deployed since September 11th, 2001. The GI Bill is governed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and provides monetary assistance for Servicemembers pursuing higher education. For information on eligibility and how to apply, please contact the Education Office or visit http://www.gibill.va.gov.
The MGIB-SR (Chapter 1606) is the basic benefit for traditional National Guard Soldiers who have completed their initial entry training, have a 6 year contract for active service, and have a high school diploma.
The MGIB-SR Kicker is an extra monthly payment made with the Soldier’s basic benefit. Soldiers must meet eligibility requirements based on their MOS and/or UIC and have signed a valid kicker contract at the time of enlistment/reenlistment.
Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) is available to National Guard Soldiers who have served in a qualifying period of Active Duty for a minimum of 90 days. This benefit includes payments for tuition and fees, a housing allowance and book stipend. For specific information and eligibility verification please contact the MDNG Education Office. More Information
Transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill
Soldiers eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill can transfer this benefit if an active member of the Armed Forces with the following criteria:
• eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill
• have 1 or more eligible dependents in DEERS
• have 6 years in service, and agree to serve an additional 4 years from the date of transfer
• Must have 4 years remaining in service
Once transfer is approved, Sponsors and dependents receive an acceptance letter from the VA. Once the dependents are ready to use their GI Bill benefits, they must fill out the VBA-22-1990e form on the VA website or the fillable mailed form to receive a certification of eligibility to submit to the VA approved school.
Maryland Army National Guard Education Services Office
Fifth Regiment Armory
Baltimore, MD 21201-2288