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Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

Checklist for Texas A&M International University

1.) Apply and be accepted to the University.

2.) Complete the VA Application (VA Form 22-1990)or apply on Vets.gov.

3.) Request your military transcript:

4.) If previously enrolled in any other institution, request institution's transcript.

5.) Present discharge documents (DD-214) to the VA Coordinator (Located in ZSC 121K).

6.) Present the Certificate of Eligibility (VA Education Award Letter) to the VA Coordinator.

7.) Complete the "Request for Veteran Certification" form at the TAMIU Veterans Affairs Office.

Submission to certify your attendance at Texas A&M International University

New students

Previous Applicants


Benefit Information

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.

Current payment rates

Category 1

  • Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985
  • Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for first 12 months
  • Continuously served for 3 years, OR 2 years if that is what you first enlisted for, OR 2 years if you entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty and served 4 years ("2 by 4" Program)

Category 2

  • Entered active duty before January 1, 1977
  • Served at least 1 day between 10/19/84 and 6/30/85, and stayed on active duty through 6/30/88, (or 6/30/87 if you entered the Selected Reserve within 1 year of leaving active duty and served 4 years)
  • On 12/31/89, you had entitlement left from Vietnam-Era GI Bill

Category 3

  • Not eligible for MGIB under Category I or II
  • On active duty on 9/30/90 AND separated involuntarily after 2/2/91,
  • OR involuntarily separated on or after 11/30/93,
  • OR voluntarily separated under either the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) program
  • Before separation, you had military pay reduced by $1200

Category 4

  • On active duty on 10/9/96 AND you had money remaining in a VEAP account on that date AND you elected MGIB by 10/9/97
  • OR entered full-time National Guard duty under title 32, USC, between 7/1/85, and 11/28/89 AND you elected MGIB during the period 10/9/96, through 7/8/97
  • Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months or made a $1200 lump-sum contribution

Additional Information

Once a file is established and you are enrolled, monthly verification of enrollment is required of the student by Veterans Affairs (VA). Submit your monthly verification by toll-free touch-tone telephone at 1-877-823-2378 or connect to the Internet site at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) program. If your enrollment has changed during the month, you must verify your enrollment through the WAVE program. Payment can be expected 3-15 days from the date VA was notified of verification. Direct deposits are available. Call 1-800-827-1000. For the hearing impaired, please call 1-800-829-4833.

Related Information

For additional information, please click on the following link:

Chapter 30 Pamphlet