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How Do I Change from the Montgomery GI Billl to the Post 9/11 GI Bill?


Q: Hi, I recently finished a 5-year term in the Navy and want to know the process to change my Montgomery GI Bill to the Post 9/11 GI Bill? I appreciate the help in advance!

A: The process is simple – submit VA Form 22-1990 online from the eBenefits website. However, are you sure you want to do that? Changing GI Bills is a one-way street; once you change, you can’t go back.

Right now, the Post 9/11 GI Bill generally only pays for degree-producing programs or non-degree programs taught at degree producing schools, so if your educational plan is getting trade or technical training, or a license or certification, your course may not be covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, but most likely would be by the MGIB.

However, that policy will change in the fall. After that, the Post 9/11 GI Bill will in many respects mirror the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) and pay for non-degree courses taught at non-degree schools.

There are two more considerations to think about. If you stay with the MGIB, and exhaust all your entitlement, you can then switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill and get an additional 12 months of entitlements. But if you switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill now, with all your MGIB entitlements intact, once you exhaust your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, you get your $1,200 MGIB contribution back as part of your last housing allowance payment.


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