George Mason University Office of Military Services

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill

You may qualify for these benefits if you:

  • Entered active duty for the first time on or after July 1, 1985.
  • Participated in the pay reduction program (pay reduced by $100 per month for the first 12 months).
  • Served honorably for at least two years.

Benefit Guidelines

You will receive a monthly stipend for personal use. You will receive a full benefit for full-time enrollment; the benefit will be reduced proportionately for part-time enrollment. Visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/rates.htm for complete information on current rates.

Chapter 30 benefits do not affect your eligibility for federal subsidized loans. However, these benefits are included as income when your eligibility for campus-based aid (work-study, Federal Perkins, and matching grants) is determined.

Benefits, generally, must be used within 10 years; however, the time limit may be shorter or longer in rare circumstances.

Documentation Required for Chapter 30

To receive education benefits, you must have a Certificate of Elegibilty (COE). A COE can be obtained by going to the Department of Veteran Affairs website and applying for your federal GI Bill® education benefits utilizing their Veteran On-line Application (VONAPP).

Please submit completed forms or document copies to either the Department of Veteran Affairs or the Registrars Office, according to your circumstances.

If you have never applied for benefits, submit

  1. An Application for VA Benefits (22-1990) through VONAPP
  2. A Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of Military Services
  3. A Veterans Registration Reporting Form to the Registrars Office
  4. Every month submit your W.A.V.E. Attendance Verification to the VA

If you have had a one-year break in attendance at the University, or if you used your benefit at another institution, submit:

  1. A Change of Program or Place of Training (22-1995) through VONAPP
  2. A Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of Military Services
  3. A Veterans Registration Reporting Form to the Registrars Office
  4. Every month submit your W.A.V.E. Attendance Verification to the VA

If you received your benefit at George Mason University within the last year, submit:

  1. A Veterans Registration Reporting Form to the Registrars Office