Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty

Am I eligible?

An individual must have served for 2 to 3 years of continuous active duty after July 1, 1985 and contributed $100/month for 12 months of service.

What are the benefits?

The Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

The payment rates (as of October 1, 2012) are as follows:

Training Time Monthly Rate
Full time $1,564.00
¾ time $1,173.00
½ time $782.00
less than ½ time, more than ¼ time $782.00 **
¼ time or less $391.00 **

** Tuition and Fees ONLY. Payment cannot exceed the listed amount.

Click here for more detailed rates on the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty.

How can you apply?

You will need to bring the following documents to the Office of Veterans Affairs (Administration Building, Room 348):

Your unit will give you a copy of your DD Form 214. You will need to fill out the VA Form 22-1990, and the SBU VA Form. These documents, along with a copy of your current class schedule need to be submitted to the Office of Veterans Affairs.

Electronically: You can submit the VA Form 22-1990 online through VONAPP. After this is done, submit a copy of the certificate of eligibility to the Office of Veterans Affairs.

Note: You must verify your enrollment the last day of every month during the semester you are certified for benefits. Failure to verify will result in failure to receive payment from the VA.

All Chapter 30 applications and benefits originating from SUNY at Stony Brook are processed through the VA Regional Office in Buffalo, NY (1-888-442-4551).