This program gives education assistance to Ready Reserve members called to active duty on or after September 11, 2001. REAP ended on November 25, 2015.
In 1984, Mississippi Representative G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery proposed new legislation that made the GI Bill® permanent. Today, the Montgomery Bill includes:
In addition to at least two years of active duty service, you must have a high school diploma or GED to use the Montgomery GI Bill® program. The factors used to determine the amount of money you receive monthly include:
You can use benefits through the Montgomery GI Bill® to pay for programs like:
This is a supplement to the Montgomery GI Bill®. It pays up to a total of $12,600 over 36 months and is for recruits and soldiers who are in critical military jobs and units.
Congress passed the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act in 2008 to give veterans who served active duty on September 11, 2001, or after that date increased educational benefits. Additionally, this act allows those service members to transfer unused educational benefits to either their spouse or their children.
You must meet at least one of the following requirements to qualify for Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits:
You can receive up to 36 months of benefits. The benefits covered include:
You may be eligible for additional benefits like:
Currently, your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is based on the location of the campus where you physically attend the majority of your classes.
If your service in the military ended before January 1, 2013, your benefits will expire 15 years after your last separation date. If your service ended on or after that date, your benefits will not expire thanks to the Forever GI Bill®.
You will need to apply through the VA To access your GI Bill® benefits. You can do this online, in person at a VA regional office, or by mail. To apply, you will need the following documents and information:
If you’ve already applied and were awarded education benefits, check your GI Bill® Statement of Benefits to see how much you’ve used and how much you have left.
You can use your benefits to:
Make sure you identify a program that the VA has approved.
If you’re eligible for more than one of these VA education benefits, you’ll need to compare your options and choose which one works best for you. The decision you make is permanent. Payment rates vary depending on your enrollment status and the type of training or education you pursue.
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act was signed into law in 2017. Known as the Forever GI Bill®, the act expanded veterans’ access to educational benefits in a variety of ways, including:
When you’re ready to take the next step in your education and career, the GI Bill® can help get you there. You can use your GI Bill® benefits to start your career in the film industry.
Give yourself the gift of training to earn a career in the film industry.
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