Your Education Goals
Know Your G.I. Bill ® Benefits By Chapter
Chapter 30 - Montgomery G.I. Bill ® (MGIB)
The Montgomery G.I. Bill ® program provides up to 36 months of education 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.
Chapter 31 - VA Vocational Rehabilitation
The Vocational Readiness and Employment (VR&E) Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, USC, Chapter 31 and Code of Federal Regulations, Part 21. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. This program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, this program offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.
Services that may be provided by the VR&E Program include:
- Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment
- Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services
- Employment services such as job-training, job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance
- Assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives and job accommodations
- On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships, and non-paid work experiences
- Post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school
- Supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling, and medical referrals
- Independent living services for Veterans unable to work due to the severity of their disabilities
Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 G.I. Bill ® & Transfer of Eligibility (TOE)
The Post-9/11G.I. Bill ® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill ®.
Approved training under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill ® includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational/technical training, on-the-job training, flight training, correspondence training, licensing and national testing programs, entrepreneurship training, and tutorial assistance. All training programs must be approved for G.I. Bill ® benefits.
This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for up to 15 years following your release from active duty. The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill ® also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their G.I. Bill ® to dependents.
Under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill ®, recipients may have different eligibility percentages based on the number of months spent on active duty orders (Title X orders). When determining what you will receive from the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill ®, remember to multiply all maximums by your percentage rate. For example, a recipient who has received a 60% eligibility rating will receive up to $600 annually for the book stipend ($1000 x 60% = $600). This percentage rate is applied to all applicable benefits received under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill ® - tuition and fees, book stipend, and monthly stipend.
If you are taking ONLY independent learning or online/distance learning courses under the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill ®, your monthly stipend rate at 100% eligibilty and full-time rate of pursuit is equal to 50% of the national average payable housing allowance ($754.50/month). Please visit the VA G.I. Bill ® website for additional information: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/independent_distance_learning.asp.
Do you want to see what your Post-9/11 G.I. Bill ® will cover at the University of Montana? Use the GI Bill Comparision Tool!
Some of the benefits of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill ® include:
- Payment of eligibile in-state tuition & fees directly to the school (based on eligibility percentage)
- Book stipend of up to $1000 annually (at 100% eligibility)
- Monthly stipend equal to the BAH rate for an E5 with dependents for the area. As of August 1, 2014, Missoula's monthly stipend rate for Post-9/11 G.I. Bill ® recipients is $1404/month (at 100% eligibility)
Chapter 33 - Yellow Ribbon
The Post-9/11 Yellow Ribbon program is an agreement between the VA and a participating institution. This program helps out of state students cover the difference between out of state costs and in state costs. Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty servicemembers and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty servicemembers may be eligible if the servicemember is qualified at the 100% rate).
Therefore, you may be eligible if:
- You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
- You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
- You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill ® based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
Chapter 35 - Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
- A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
- A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.
- A servicemember missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
- A servicemember forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
- A servicemember who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability. This change is effective December 23, 2006.
Chapter 1606 - MGIB Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
The Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:
- Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training, it is necessary to have a six-year commitment that begins after September 30, 1990;
- Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT);
- Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement;
- Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit. You will also retain MGIB - SR eligibility if you were discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. You may use these benefits for degree, certificate, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs, and vocational flight training programs. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available.
Benefit entitlement is 1 to 36 months depending on the number of monthly contributions. You have 10 years from your release from active duty to use VEAP benefits. If there is entitlement not used after the 10-year period, your portion remaining in the fund will be automatically refunded.
To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:
- Entered service for the first time between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985;
- Opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987;
- Voluntarily contributed from $25 to $2700;
- Completed your first period of service; and
- Were discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.
- If you are currently on active duty and wish to receive VEAP benefits, you must have at least 3 months of contributions available.
Contributions may be withdrawn if you do not meet the basic eligibility requirements or if you formally request a refund of the contributions withheld.
Step 1. Apply to the School
Welcome to the University of Montana!
The application process is easy and intuitive, please visit the Admissions webpage to begin.
During the application process:
- Verify residency, if out of state the VETS Office will need to verify whether you are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program or the Veterans Choice Act, we will need a copy of your DD-214 Member-4.
- We will need your Social Security Number in the system, it is optional; however, we cannot submit your Certification to the VA without it.
Step 2. Apply to the VA
Applying for VA Education Benefits
- For Veterans, family members, a candidate for the National Call to Service Program, or if you are changing schools apply for VA education benefits: VA.Gov
- Veterans will need to provide start and end dates for their military service and all applicants will need to provide their bank account and routing number for direct deposit.
- Complete the selected form. (Write down confirmation information for your reference)
- After the application is completed, the VA will notify you of the status.
(Chapter 33 ONLY) You will need to provide a copy of the Certificate Of Eligibility (COE) to the VETS Office, and we need to have a copy on file dated within one year from the start of each semester; otherwise, we cannot give the VA estimated credit to help pay/finalize your bill.
*** We recommend turning in a COE to us every time the VA sends a new one!
For students just starting, if you have not received your COE within 30 days of the start of the semester we have a Temporary COE Contract which can be used only during your first semester. Get the form below, fill it out, and send it to email@example.com.
Step 3. Registering for your Classes
You will need to register for classes before moving onto the final step. You will need to work with your academic advisor to receive your advising pin (You cannot register without a pin). If you have not been assigned an academic advisor please contact your admissions advisor or the Undergraduate Advising Center (information below).
The VETS Office School Certifying Official (SCO) will review your classes during the certification process to verify the classes you register for will apply toward graduation requirements.
- If a class does not look like it will apply, the SCO will reach out to the assigned academic advisor for verification.
- Activities courses will not be certified to the VA, except under certain circumstances, contact us for more information.
Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC):
- The UAC is an academic support unit within the Office for Student Success. The UAC, located in the Lommasson Center, is the academic advising home for all Undecided, freshman Business Administration, freshman Media Arts, Pre-Communication Studies, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Psychology, undergraduate non-degree, and freshman Pre-Medical Sciences students in the above primary majors.
- Our professional and peer advisors guide the student through the self-discovery process while promoting intellectual growth and the acquisition of sound decision-making skills
- The UAC also provides assistance to students campus-wide regarding general education requirements, registration support, major selection and declaration, academic petitions, and graduation applications. We serve as a central resource unit for faculty and department-based advisors and work collaboratively with recruitment, orientation, and retention-based programs and services.
- The mission of the UAC is to provide comprehensive academic advising and related programming supporting the academic success of students. Measures of success include timely identification of majors reflective of the student’s interests and strengths as well as retention and degree completion.
- Undergraduate Advising Center
- Lommasson Center 269
- (406) 243-2835
Missoula College students please contact the Missoula College Academic Advising Center
Graduate students please contact the UM Graduate School
Step 4. Submit Notification of Intent (NOI)
YOU MUST SUBMIT A NOI EVERY SEMESTER YOU WANT TO USE BENEFITS
- Go to www.umt.edu/veterans and click on Notification of Intent Form.
- Login with NETID and Password and fill out the form.
- If an NOI is not submitted 45 days prior to the first day of the term, payments from the VA may be delayed.
- If eligible (Ch 30, Ch 35, Ch 1606) and you want to request advanced pay, the NOI must be in 45 days prior to the first day of the term. We recommend discussing advanced pay with the VETS Office if you are not familiar with it.
- If using Tuition Assistance, notify VETS Office when submitting your NOI in the notes section. (VA Education benefits and TA CANNOT be used for the same class)
Step 5. Veterans Only Military Transcripts
Submit your military transcripts:
- Go to the Joint Service Transcript website
- Does not apply to Air Force students, Air Force students need to request a transcript from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) click for more information
- Click “Register” under “Register to use this system” at the top of the page and complete registration.
- At the top of the main page, click Transcript.
- Click on Official Transcript Request. (Electronic)
- Search “Montana.”
- In the search results, find the University of Montana with the address of 32 Campus Drive.
The Univeristy of Montana will evaluate all previous postsecondary education and training, including military experience, for students using VA education benefits. Upon completion of the evaluation process, the school will grant credit as appropriate, reduce program length and cost proportionately, notify the student of the evaluation, and maintain all credit evaluation records.
Optional. Apply for Federal Financial Aid
Apply for Federal Financial Aid: www.fafsa.ed.gov
- We advise students to apply for FAFSA even if you are not planning to accept loans.
- You will need your or your parents' tax return information for the previous two tax years.
- You are NOT required to accept federal financial aid if you apply. Keep in mind, if you accept a financial aid student loan package, you will still be required to pay it back later.
- Using VA education benefits does not affect your eligibility for Federal Student Aid. Students should apply for FAFSA every year they plan on attending school.
- Through Federal Student Aid, you can receive but are not required to accept, federal grants, loans, and work-study awards.
- When completing your FAFSA, funds from VA education benefits such as your monthly stipend do not count as income. They are considered “resources.” All other VA benefits such as compensation, pension, etc. are considered “non-taxable income” and must be documented as such on the form.
Contact Financial Aid for more information
Optional. Tuition Assistance (TA)
Tuition Assistance (TA):
*VETS OFFICE DOES NOT PROCESS TA PAYMENTS, WE REPORT GRADES AND ATTENDANCE
- The Student Accounts Office is your Point Of Contact (POC) to process payments at UM.
- Please contact your Military Branches Education Center for TA process questions.
- TA CANNOT be used for the same classes you use Chapter 1606 benefits for!
Please contact us to learn about:
- Using your VA Education Benefits at the University of Montana
- VETS Office - who we are and what we do
- Wellness Support
- Academic Support
If you have not done so already, please register for your UM Orientation by following the instructions on the UM Orientation website. There are orientation options for incoming Freshman, Transfer students, and Missoula College students.
VETS Office Orientation Materials
Points of Contact
VETS Office ~ 1000 E Beckwith Ave ~ (406)-243-2744 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Missoula College VETS Office ~ Room 133 ~ (406)-243-7844
UAC ~ Lommasson 269 ~ (406)-243-2835 ~ email@example.com
Financial Aid ~ Lommasson 218 ~ (406)-243-5373 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrar’s Office ~ Lommasson 201 ~ (406)-243-2995 ~ email@example.com
Student Accounts ~ Lommasson in Grizz Central ~ (406)-243-2223
Admissions Office ~ 101 Lommasson Center ~ (800)-462-8636 ~ www.umt.edu/admissions/
National Guard Education ~ (406)-324-3236 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ www.goarmyed.com/
VA Hotline ~ (888)-442-4551 ~ www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/index.asp
VA Voc Rehab ~ (406)-258-1084 ~ www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/
WAVE Hotline ~ (877)-823-2378 ~ www.gibill.va.gov/wave
eBenefits ~ www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage