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How Do I Know If I Have the Post 9/11 GI Bill Instead of the Montgomery GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: How do I know if I have the Post 9/11 GI Bill instead of MGIB? I’m still on active duty and my LES shows that I have the MGIB. I’m just a little bit confused because my SGT told me that I should have the Post 9/11 because I joined after Sept 11, 2001 but my LES shows that I have MGIB. Thanks!

A: Both your SGT and your LES could be correct. If you signed up for the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) and paid in your $1,200 contribution fee (do you remember them deducting $100 per month for the first 12 months you were in?), then you have the MGIB. It can provide you with 36 months of education benefits after you get out at the current rate of $1,648. This amount changes each October.

You could also have the Post 9/11 GI Bill. As your SGT said, being you enlisted after September 11, 2001 you are eligible for this GI Bill. One of the differences between the New GI Bill and your MGIB is that this one is free just by you serving your country.

It pays differently in that there is not a fixed amount it pays each month. First, the VA would pay for your tuition and fees directly to your school. Second, you could get a book stipend once per semester that pays up to $41.67 per credit. There is however a $1,000 per year cap on this feature.

If you go to school once you are no longer serving, then you also could get the housing allowance which is based on the zip code of your school, the number of credits you take and your tier percentage. By serving for at least three years, you would be at the top – 100%.

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