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MGIB Chapter 30 (Active Duty)

The Montgomery G.I. Bill Chapter 30 assists individuals who entered active duty after July 1, 1985, and have their basic military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months.  The veteran must have been released from duty with an "Honorable" discharge and served at least 2 years of continuous active duty to be eligible for Chapter 30 benefits.

Individuals eligible for the old G.I. Bill (Chapter 34) as of December 31, 1989, who meet certain eligibility criteria may also be eligible, but do not have their pay reduced.  

Persons separated from active duty because of a service-connected disability or hardship may be eligible for Chapter 30 benefits without meeting the length of service requirements.  A Chapter 30 participant who separated from active duty due to a physical or mental condition not characterized as a disability may be eligible for benefits.

For more information on Chapter 30 benefits please visit the Veterans Affairs website or call VA at 1-888-442-4551.

Current Chapter 30 Rates

**Update on Interval/Break Pay** - Effective August 1, 2011, break/interval pay is NO longer payable under any VA education benefit unless under an Executive Order of the President or due to an emergency situation such as a natural disaster or strike.  Entitlement which previously would have been used for break/interval pay will be available for use during a future enrollment.

If you're requesting Chapter 30 benefits for the first time

Application Process: Eligibility for benefits begins with the "one-time only" application

  • Complete and submit to VA online: VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits.  This can be done thru the VONAPP website.
  • Watch for: Letter of Eligibility or denial letter from VA within 12 weeks after submission of application.  Any questions about the content of either letter should be directed to the Veterans Affairs Office at 1-888-442-4551.

When notified by VA of eligibility, the service member must have been accepted as a student by JMU, paid the required admissions deposit, and enrolled in classes before contacting the VA Certifying Official at JMU to begin the request for payment process.  Enrollment in courses must meet major, GenEd, elective, or degree requirements, or an approved certificate or teacher licensure program to qualify.

Once you have applied and received your Letter of Eligibility from VA, please contact:

Trudy Ham/Kelly Burch
VA Certifying Official
Office of the Registrar - Student Success Center 5300

At your initial meeting with a JMU VA Certifying Official, please bring the following:

  • Letter of Eligibility
  • Kicker Contract (if applicable)
  • DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy)
  • Military or Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) transcript (if you've taken classes at another college)
  • JMU form, Request for Veterans Educational Benefits

If you've previously received MGIB Chapter 30 benefits while attending JMU

If you wish to request benefits for an upcoming semester or session, you will need to complete the JMU form, Request for Veterans Educational Benefits, and submit it to one of the VA Certifying Officials.  If you've made changes to your JMU career (such as going from undergraduate to graduate), you will also need to complete VA Form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training.

If you're receiving  MGIB Chapter 30 benefits at a college or university other than JMU

If you've received Chapter 30 benefits at another college or university within the past year, you will need to complete the VA Form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training, and the JMU form, Request for Veterans Educational Benefits.

What happens after I submit the requested forms to the VA Certifying Official?

JMU's VA Certifying Official will process a student's request for benefits and within 5-8 weeks, VA will generate and mail an active award benefit letter to the student.  After receiving this letter, the student must CERTIFY school attendance in either VA's Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (W.A.V.E.) online system or by phone at 877-823-2378 to release VA payments.  Certifying attendance, after the initial period, MUST be completed on the last calendar day of every month that the student attends classes.  Failure to do so will result in a delay of payment for the classes attended the month before.