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  • Accelerated Payments -- Vets enrolled in a high-tech program for eventual employment in a high tech industry as defined by the VA may receive a lump sum payment of 60 percent of tuition.

  • Licensing and Certification -- If you pursue licensing or certification tests, MGIB can reimburse you for the test-taking fee, although not for any other costs associated with it. The MGIB will pay for Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification, FAA aircraft mechanics licensing, state licensing for nurses, and other professions and similar programs.

  • Top-Up Assistance – Active-duty servicemembers may receive additional funds to cover the gap between what MGIB benefits pay and what tuition actually costs.

  • Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) – This is a savings plan that enables you to make pre-tax contributions rom your salary directly to an educational fund. The government will deposit $2 for every $1 you save in the account.

  • Work-Study -- Any veteran attending school three-quarter time or more may work at the school veterans' office, VA Regional Office (VARO), VA medical facilities, or at approved state employment offices. Jobs pay minimum wage.

Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance (DEA) --

This program

offers 45 months veterans who are condition, or who condition.

of education benefits for spouses or dependent children of permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related

To qualify, you must have served three continuous years of active duty, received a fully honorable discharge and either completed high school, secured a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or earned 12 credits toward your college degree before applying for the benefit. You have 10 years from the date of your last separation to apply for up to $35,460 in total benefits – depending on the educational program you choose, your length of service, your category (See “MGIB Categories,” below) and, of course, whether you completed the proper forms at the time of your enrollment. You can apply for MGIB benefits by completing VA Form 22-1990, “Education Application.” Further information is available at the GI Bill website, http://www.gibill.va.gov

WHAT ARE THE MGIB CATEGORIES? In addition to the requirements above, you must meet requirements from one of the four categories below. If you entered active duty before July 1, 1985, you may only qualify under Categories 2, 3 or 4. (As posted on www.military.com)


  • Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985.

  • Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for first 12 months.

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