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How Do the Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI Bill Differ?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I was looking at the Montgomery and the New GI Bill and it seems to be that the new GI Bill is better. Why do they still keep the Montgomery when the new GI Bill benefits look better? Can you explain to me the real difference between them?

A: In many cases the New GI Bill is better, but it is also more selective in the programs it will cover. The Post 9/11 GI Bill generally covers only degree-producing courses from an associate’s degree up through doctorate. On the other hand, the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) covers degree-producing courses along with:

  • trade or technical;
  • license;
  • certification;
  • apprentice/OJT.

So it really comes down to your individual education objective. Even with degree-producing courses, in certain instances the MGIB may pay better than the Post 9/11 GI Bill, especially if you are:

  • taking online-only courses or;
  • going to a school that does not charge veterans tuition.

So the MGIB is still a very valid GI Bill to many servicemembers and veterans alike. There is at least one bill in Congress that would broaden what the Post 9/11 GI Bill could cover, providing it passes.

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