Chapter 1606 (Guard or Reserves) If you have never received VA educational benefits, it’s been at least five years since you last received benefits, or have used your benefits at another institution. please complete VONAPP, submit a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) to the USI Veteran Military and Family Resource Center, and complete the USI VA Certification of Enrollment. The USI Semester VA Education Benefit Request Form must be processed prior to each semester attended; failure to do so will delay payment of your benefits.
NOTE: recipients of this chapter must also verify their enrollment status with the VA at the end of each month attended. This can be done using the WAVE – Web Automated Verification of Enrollment, or by calling (877) 823-2378.
Get the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve pamphlet (PDF).
Click Button Below to Apply for Chapter 1606 MGIB-SR Benefits
Click Button Below to Complete the USI Semester VA Education Benefit Request Form
NOTE: This is completed after you have applied, received and provided a copy of your VA Certification of Eligibility. This form MUST be completed each semester you want to file a claim.
You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. View current payment rates.
To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:
Your eligibility for the program normally ends the day you leave the Selected Reserve.
An exception exists if you are mobilized or recalled to active duty from your reserve status in which case your eligibility may be extended for the amount of time you are mobilized PLUS four months. For example, if you are mobilized for 12 months, your eligibility period is extended for 16 months; 12 months of active duty PLUS four months. Even if you leave the Reserves after mobilization, you may have additional eligibility under the MGIB-SR.
If your unit is deactivated during the period beginning Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2014, or you are involuntarily separated for reasons other than misconduct, you will retain your original period of eligibility, which is 14 years from the date of your first six-year obligation with the Selected Reserves.
Follow these steps to become eligible and apply: