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Which GI Bill Do I Have – the Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hi, I have been in ANG for 9 years now and have not used my GI Bill or Kicker. I’m not sure if I still have it or not, or if I’m under the old MGI Bill or Post 911 GI Bill. I want to go back and finish school. What should I do?

A: If you have spent all your time in the ANG, then you most likely have the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR). However, because it has a shelf life of 10 years from your Notice of Eligibility, your MGIB-SR entitlement is soon coming to an end.

During your nine years, have you deployed for at least 90 days on a Title 10 order in support of a contingency operation, such as Iraq or Afghanistan? If so, you may have some eligibility to the Post 9/11 GI Bill also. A 90-day qualifying period would get you to the 40% tier. Three years or more would put you at the top – 100%.

Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the VA would pay your tuition and fees at your tier percentage directly to your school and if you are taking classes on campus, monthly you would get a housing allowance based on the zip code of your school, the number of credits you take and your tier percentage.

If you are taking all online classes, then your housing allowance is fixed at $673.50 as a full-time student. Whether you attend online or on campus you would also get a book stipend of $41.67 per credit once per semester (until you reached your $1,000 annual limit).

If you still have your Kicker, you can use it with either GI Bill.

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