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How Do I Check On My Montgomery GI Bill Status?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I was on active duty in the Marine Corps from 1996-2000. I used my GI Bill for one course at my local community college. In 2001, I enlisted in the Army and still currently serving. I am not sure of my Montgomery GI Bill status.

A: Your Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) status is probably still good as your GI Bill shelf life should start on the date of your last separation, which hasn’t happened yet. The MGIB has a 10-year delimiting date, meaning it is good for only 10 years from your date of discharge.

The good news is you are also eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. You have more than enough service time (three years after September 10, 2001 on Title 10 orders) for 100% benefit eligibility. If that was the only GI Bill you had, or if you had the MGIB, but never used it, then you would normally get 36 months of benefits.

But, because you used your MGIB for one course, which was probably around 3 to 4 months of benefits, you should have around 32 months left of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, if you choose to switch.

Just know the Post 9/11 GI Bill also has a delimiting date – 15 years from your date of discharge – so be sure and use your benefits instead of losing them. Also note that if you switch to the Post 9/11 GI bill now, once you have used up all your New GI Bill benefits, you will get a portion of your $1,200 MGIB contribution back.

Comments  (7)

I served in the Military from 2007-2011 and was discharged honestly. I have applied for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, however I have not heard anything back and I start school in a couple of weeks. Is there a way for me to check the status of my claim? Thank you.

posted by Robert
7:20 pm on December 23, 2011

The only way to check would be to call them (if you can get through and actually talk to someone). Their main education number is 1-888-442-4551. If it has been less than 10 weeks since you applied, I wouldn’t get real worried yet as it can take that long to get your Certificate of Eligibility. You have to realize that the VA is a slow, but constant, machine that takes time to get anything accomplished.

posted by Ron Kness
11:04 am on January 2, 2012

I served 36 month on active duty from Nov,8 2002- Nov 9, 2005 . I enrolled in MGIB Contribution $ 1200 over a one year period They took out each month one hundred dollar. I enrolled in online college in 2010 . I informed Army Veterans’ Education about the college course . They said,” they would only pay me Army Reserve amount of $200 a month for my class each month . I was told by the counselor when I enrolled for the MGIB Contribution I would get around $1,368 a month for 36 month. I still have my old LES where I paid one hundred for one year . How can I get this injustice rectify ? I still have all of my paperwork from active duty .

posted by GARY GAINEY
4:40 pm on March 4, 2012

If you want to use your MGIB, then submit VA Form 22-1990 from the eBenefits website. In return you will get a Certificate of Eligibility showing how many months of benefits you have left. Oh, currently the MGIB pays $1,473 for a full-time student.

I’m not sure who the Army Veterans Education is, but you need to go through the Veterans Affairs as I noted above to use your MGIB.

posted by Ron Kness
12:09 pm on March 11, 2012

We have had issues with getting our benefit payments. We submitted 2 claims 3 months ago and still havent received anything. We called the regional office and they told us they could no longer help anyone with the status updates and to just wait. ??? The regional office told us to submit via website and well as have the employer fax (for on the job training) the verification. We did this the way the va told us now they can’t help? This whole process has been extremely frustrating!

posted by Petersen
5:24 pm on June 25, 2012

plus the va does not pay full time compensation for online classes only

posted by Ryan
12:12 pm on September 6, 2012

That is true Ryan. The maximum full-time online-only Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance is $673.50 per month.

posted by Ron Kness
10:24 am on September 9, 2012
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