Veteran Educational Benefits

What educational benefit is right for me? DISCLAIMER: Follow this link to the Veterans Affairs website to help determine which program is right for you:

Ultimately, it is up to you to determine the appropriate program you are entitled to. If you are unsure you can contact your VA Certifying Official, your local VA office, or contact Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GI-BILL-1).

The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (USC Chapter 33)

For many eligible participants, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® is a better solution than other education benefit programs, such as the Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty, Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve and the Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP). However, this decision depends on several factors, including the type of education or training you plan to take and the amount of benefits received under each program.

Montgomery Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD) (USC Chapter 30)

The Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty, called "MGIB" for short, provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans for:

  • College
  • Technical or Vocational Courses
  • Correspondence Courses
  • Apprenticeship/Job Training
  • Flight Training
  • High-tech Training
  • Licensing & Certification Tests
  • Entrepreneurship Training
  • Certain Entrance Examinations

Montgomery Bill - Selective Reserve (MGIB-SR) (USC Chapter 1606)

The Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve 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.

Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) (USC Chapter 1607)

REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security will determine who is eligible for this program. The Department of Veterans Affairs will administer the program and pay benefits from funds contributed by DOD.

Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP) ( USC Chapter 32)

Section 901 is available to service persons and veterans. Also, a service person or veteran may transfer entitlement to a dependent spouse or child. A surviving spouse or child will be eligible to any entitlement remaining at the time of the service person's or veteran's death.

Survivors and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) (USC Chapter 35)

This link provides a description of the Dependents’ Educational Assistance program, or DEA (chapter 35 of title 38, U. S. Code). The DEA program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents and survivors of certain veterans.

National Call To Service Program (USC Chapter 31 Sec 501)

Individuals who enlist for the 15-month plus training option will be eligible to select one of the following enlistment incentives:

  • a cash enlistment bonus of $5,000 payable upon completion of the initial active duty obligation; or
  • Student Loan Repayment of up to $18,000.

Note: This bonus may not be combined with other incentives.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (USC Chapter 31)

VR&E's primary benefit program is vocational rehabilitation services for veterans who have a service-connected disability. To receive services a veteran must be found both eligible and entitled. The outcome of these services lead to suitable employment that is consistent with their aptitudes and interests, or achieving independence in their daily living.

Mass Army National Guard Educational Assistance Program (MGL Chapter 33)

The Massachusetts National Guard's 100% Tuition Waiver Program waives the cost of tuition for Massachusetts Guard Soldiers and Airmen attending a Massachusetts State college, university, or community college program that is funded by the Mass. Board of Higher Education. Generally, these state-supported programs are offered during the day as part of a degree program. Continuing Education programs, traditionally offered in the evening hours, including intercession courses, offered between the Fall and Spring semesters, and Summer courses, are not normally covered by the 100% Tuition Waiver Program.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program (USC 8013)   

The Department of Defense remains strongly committed to helping military spouses find employment in high demand, high growth Portable Career fields. For those who are interested in pursuing such careers, DoD is expanding the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program.

Contact Us

For additional assistance contact:

Jessica A. Frost, Director, Veterans Resource Center,
or 978-656-3282

Timothy Quinn, Coordinator, Veterans Resource Center,
or 781-280-3510

Last Modified: 3/29/19