Montgomery G. I. Bill - Frequently Ask Questions Q: How can I earn the opportunity to participate in MGIB?
A: Beginning the day the cadet contracts and ending upon commissioning or completion of the AFROTC program, a cadet may be eligible to participate in MGIB benefits as long as they do not receive $3,400 or more during each year of eligibility.
Q: How do you define "a year of eligibility"?
A: A “year of eligibility” is defined as one academic year. This includes two semesters, three trimesters, or four quarters of academics.
Q: Does the $3,400 limit include only payments made for tuition?
A: The $3,400 limit for MGIB eligibility includes tuition, fees, and books, but not the monthly stipend.
Q: If I my scholarship is suspended or terminated due to poor grades or PFT scores, do I also forfeit MGIB eligibility?
A: No. In fact, if your scholarship is suspended or terminated during any semester of AFROTC training, and your total scholarship benefits for that academic year are less than $3,400, you will be eligible for MGIB when you commission.
Q: Can I pay any amount over the $3,400 limit and still maintain eligibility for the MGIB?
A: Yes. As long as you do not receive over $3,400 from AFROTC scholarship funds in any one year of eligibility, you are eligible for the MGIB.
Q: If I am prior service, and have already established eligibility for MGIB, will I lose my benefits if I accept a scholarship through AFROTC?
A: No. You cannot lose your benefits by accepting an AFROTC scholarship. On the other hand, you are not able to add to existing MGIB benefits.
Q: I am an AECP cadet. Can I use my MGIB while participating in AFROTC?
A: No. As an AECP cadet you retain your MGIB benefits (if previously established through prior service). You are not permitted, however, to use your MGIB while participating in AFROTC as a AECP cadet.
Q: I am an AS700 (completed cadet) with no scholarship entitlements this year. Am I therefore eligible for MGIB?
A: No. Once you complete the AFROTC program, you are no longer able to attain MGIB eligibility.
Q: What do I need to do in order to be enrolled in MGIB after commissioning?
A: All MGIB-eligible cadets will automatically be enrolled in MGIB upon entering active duty. Your EAD orders will specify that you must contact your base education office within two weeks of arrival at your first duty station to receive counseling on the MGIB and to sign the DD Form 2366, Montgomery GI Bill Act of 1984. This is your designated opportunity to opt out of MGIB if you are so inclined.
Q: Is there an expiration date associated with MGIB?
A: Normally, the MGIB must be used within 10 years of your release from active duty. This time limit may be extended under certain situations, such as disability.
Q: Are MGIB benefits different from Tuition Assistance available to Active Duty Air Force members?
A: Yes. Tuition Assistance is provided through the Air Force, whereas the MGIB program is provided though the Department of Veteran's Affairs. With the Air Force Tuition Assistance program, the member incurs an Active Duty Service Commitment (ADSC). There is no ADSC associated with MGIB once you establish eligibility. You may even choose to combine Tuition Assistance and MGIB benefits. For more information regarding Air Force Tuition Assistance, contact any Air Force Base Education Office.
Q: Can I use the MGIB benefits while on Active Duty, or must I wait until I separate?
A: You may choose to use MGIB benefits after two years on active duty or after separating from the Air Force.
Q: How much does MGIB pay?
A: The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, the length of your service, and your category, among other things.
Q: Whom can I contact for more information about the MGIB?
A: To receive specific and up-to-the-minute information go to the MGIB website at www.gibill.va.gov.