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					The U.S. Congress passed the first GI Bill legislation in 1944. America was a
different place after World War II and Congress recognized the need to assist
returning service members who were about to be discharged from their military
service. Roosevelt's sweeping legislation paved the way for a new generation of
veterans to train to become lawyers, doctors, scientists and more. Today, the two most
common GI Bills include the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill. Both
provide military education benefits for the vast majority of active-duty service
members, their dependents and veterans. In addition to the GI Bill, there are many
other education benefits for service members--these include Military Tuition
Assistance and Tuition Top-Up. Military Tuition Assistance. Military Tuition
Assistance (TA) is a great benefit, if you are on active duty. Paying up to $250 per
credit and having an annual $4,500 cap, you can take 18 credits per year at little or no
cost to you. Tuition Top-Up. Tuition Top-Up is a military education benefit used with
TA. If your tuition exceeds what TA pays, you can use Top-Up to pay the difference.
How it works is your service branch pays all of your tuition and the VA reimburses
your branch for the amount that Tuition Assistance does not cover. In turn, the VA
converts this dollar amount into months and days of entitlement and reduces your GI
Bill Benefits by that amount. Top-Up is a great way to extend your GI Bill benefits.
Popular Online Universities Here's are a few of the larger universities that have a
focus on online programs (universities with multiple campus options are also included
in the list on the left): University of Phoenix Online is a very large and established
online educator with a strong breadth of programs and degrees. Grantham University
focuses on military education and provides degree programs in business, computer
science, liberal arts, criminal justice and more. The Art Institute Online provides
degree programs in graphic design, web design, culinary and hospitality management,
photography and more. The GI Bill: Montgomery GI Bill and Post-9/11 GI Bill The
Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is the older of the two most popular GI Bills; however,
depending on your educational goals, it may be the best option for you. The MGIB is
traditionally more liberal in the types of programs it covers. Aside from
post-secondary programs, the Montgomery GI Bill also covers programs and
certifications such as: Trade or technical school Licenses or certifications
Apprenticeships Flight school With three years of service, you qualify for 36 months
of military education benefits. With less than three years, you get a month of benefit
for each month served. Post-9/11 GI Bill is the newest benefit-packed GI Bill for
service members, veterans and families. With three years or more of active duty after
September 10, 2001, you get 36 months of military education benefit. The Post-9/11
GI Bill also includes the Yellow Ribbon Program. If your school participates in the
Yellow Ribbon program, the university can pay up to half of the difference not paid
by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, with the VA paying an equal amount. This substantially
reduces the balance that you have to pay. Both veterans and family members with
transferred benefits may use this program. GI Bill Rates With the MGIB, you get paid
a fixed amount that is dependent on your rate of pursuit: Full-time - $1,368 ? time -
$1,026 ? time down to more than ? - $684 ? time - $342 With less than three years of
service, each amount is reduced by approximately 19%. In either case, you are
responsible for paying for your tuition, fees and any other education-related expenses.
With the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the VA pays your tuition and eligible fees directly to your
school, up to the VA maximum amount. This amount traditionally varies because the
covered amount is based on tuition rates at your state's most expensive public school
undergraduate program. With the GI Bill, you can also receive a housing allowance
based on an E-5 with dependents pay grade. There are some exceptions to getting the
housing allowance and you may not receive the allowance if you are: Taking only
online classes At a rate of pursuit of half-time or less Taking classes and your spouse
is on active duty Your other payment is a book stipend, up to a yearly amount of
$1,000 payable at $41.67 per credit hour. Like the housing allowance, you cannot
receive a book stipend if your spouse is on active duty. Applying for Benefits To use
either GI Bill, you have to apply for benefits in one of two ways: Submit an
application using the Veterans On Line Application (VONAPP) website Download the
form and submit it using the instructions on the form Veterans submit VA Form
22-1990 while dependents use VA Form 22-1990e. In return, you get back a
Certificate of Eligibility that you will need when you enroll in school. Once the
school's Certificate of Enrollment matches up with your certificate at the VA, your
payments begin.
  Popular Campus Universities with Open Admission Here's are a few of the larger
universities that have campuses in multiple states throughout the United States:
DeVry University is a very large and established educator with campuses in 26 states
and programs offering Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's degrees. University of
Phoenix has campuses in 40 states with degree programs in business, computer
science, education, hospitality, liberal arts, nursing and much more. Everest College
provides degree programs in business, computer science, design, paralegal, nursing,
criminal justice and more with campuses in 11 states.
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