College Orientation: Benefits
Montgomery GI Bill Select Reserve (Chapter 1606)
The MGIB-SR program, commonly known as Chapter 1606, may be available to you for up to 36 months if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. You may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and vocational flight training programs. Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances.
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.
You may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and vocational flight training programs. Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances.
Applying for your VA Benefits
There, you will find the "Road Map for Success":
- Step 1: Determine your best Benefit
- Step 2: Collect Your Paperwork and Information
- Step 3: Choosing a School
- Step 4: Compare the Programs
- Step 5: Apply
NOTE: Whether you choose to apply online or by sending a paper application through the mail, we recommend following the Road Map above. In addition to the steps outlined above, you will also need to submit some paperwork to Excelsior College.
Paperwork required by Excelsior College
- If you did not already indicate that you have MGIB during the admissions process, please complete the Letter of Intent linked below and provide it to Excelsior College's financial aid office.
- Letter of Intention and Instructions - Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits (PDF)
- Your unit will give you a DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility, when you become eligible for the program. Your unit will also code your eligibility into the Department of Defense personnel system so that VA may verify your eligibility.
- You should then make sure that your selected program is approved for VA training. If you are not clear on this point, VA will inform you and the school or company about the requirements.
- Obtain and complete VA Form 22-1990 (PDF), Application for Education Benefits. Send it to the VA regional office with jurisdiction over the State where you will train.
- If you have started training, take your application and your Notice of Basic Eligibility to your school or employer. Ask them to complete VA Form 22-1999, (not available online) Enrollment Certification, and send all the forms to VA.
Financial aid counselor for veterans
Application, degree planning, or enrollment assistance
Toll free: 888-647-2388, ext. 1352
Veteran Services and Outreach at Excelsior:
Veterans Services and Outreach
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-5159