Comparison Chart of Education Benefit Programs

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Use this chart to quickly understand the differences between the various GI Bill programs.

  Post-9/11 GI Bill MGIB-AD MGIB-SR
Minimum Length of Service 90 days active aggregate service (after 9/10/01) or 30 days continuous if discharged for disability 2 yr. continuous enlistment (minimum duty varies by service date, branch, etc.) 6 yr. commitment (after 6/30/85)
Maximum # of Months of Benefits  36 36 36
How Payments Are Made Tuition: Paid to schoolHousing stipend: Paid monthly to studentBooks & Supplies: Paid to student at the beginning of the term Paid to student Paid to student
Duration of Benefits Generally 15 years from last day of active duty Generally 10 years from last day of active duty Ends the day you leave Selected Reserve
Degree Training Yes Yes Yes
Non College Degree Training Yes Yes Yes
On-the-Job & Apprenticeship Training Yes Yes Yes
Flight Training Yes Yes Yes
Correspondence Courses Yes Yes Yes
Licensing & Certification Yes Yes Yes
National Testing Programs Yes Yes Yes
Work-Study Program Yes Yes Yes
Tutorial Assistance  Yes Yes Yes
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