University of Southern Indiana

Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill-SR

Benefit Overview:

Chapter 1606 (Guard or Reserves) If you have never received VA educational benefits, it’s been at least five years since you last received benefits, or have used your benefits at another institution. please complete VONAPP, submit a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) to the USI Veteran Military and Family Resource Center, and complete the USI VA Certification of Enrollment. The USI Semester VA Education Benefit Request Form must be processed prior to each semester attended; failure to do so will delay payment of your benefits.

NOTE: recipients of this chapter must also verify their enrollment status with the VA at the end of each month attended. This can be done using the WAVE – Web Automated Verification of Enrollment, or by calling (877) 823-2378.

Get the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve pamphlet (PDF).

Click Button Below to Apply for Chapter 1606 MGIB-SR Benefits

Apply for VA Educational Benefits

Click Button Below to Complete the USI Semester VA Education Benefit Request Form

NOTE: This is completed after you have applied, received and provided a copy of your VA Certification of Eligibility.  This form MUST be completed each semester you want to file a claim.

Semester Benefit Request Form

Available Benefits and Eligibility

You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. View current payment rates.

Eligibility

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training it is necessary to have a six-year commitment that begins after Sept. 30, 1990.
  • Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT).
  • Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement.
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit. You will also retain MGIB-SR eligibility if you were discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.

Other Factors to Consider

Your eligibility for the program normally ends the day you leave the Selected Reserve.

An exception exists if you are mobilized or recalled to active duty from your reserve status in which case your eligibility may be extended for the amount of time you are mobilized PLUS four months. For example, if you are mobilized for 12 months, your eligibility period is extended for 16 months; 12 months of active duty PLUS four months. Even if you leave the Reserves after mobilization, you may have additional eligibility under the MGIB-SR.

If your unit is deactivated during the period beginning Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2014, or you are involuntarily separated for reasons other than misconduct, you will retain your original period of eligibility, which is 14 years from the date of your first six-year obligation with the Selected Reserves.

Apply

Follow these steps to become eligible and apply:

  1. Get the DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility, when you become eligible for the program from your unit. Your unit will also code your eligibility into the DoD personnel system so VA may verify your eligibility.
  2. Then make sure your selected program is approved for VA training. If you are unsure, VA will inform you and the school or company about the requirements.
  3. Obtain and complete VA Form 22-1990 (Application for Education Benefits). Send it to the VA regional office with jurisdiction over the state where you will train.
  4. If you started training, take your application and your Notice of Basic Eligibility to your school or employer. Ask them to complete VA Form 22-1999 not available online Enrollment Certification, and send all the forms to VA.

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