Switch to Post-9/11 GI Bill from MGIB?
by Hal Donahue @ Jul 13, 2010
I signed up for the Montgomery GI Bill when I enlisted one year ago, but now I think I want to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Can I switch? How?
You may switch and recover your contribution to the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) after all of your benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill are exhausted. A word of caution, once you make the decision to switch, that decision is irrevocable. You may not return to your previous GI Bill coverage. Before making this irrevocable decision, military and veterans should determine their education institution and career choice. Several types of training and education are covered under the MGIB but not under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, where your course of training must lead toward a recognized degree.
You appear eligible for benefits under both programs. Apply for benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the process proceeds from there. If you have no immediate plan to use your GI Bill benefits, the best course of action is to delay until you have a school and a program. Another consideration, you are not eligible for full benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill which occurs at 36 months of service. I suggest that you begin college courses online or in residence using the numerous tuition assistance programs offered by the services. Save your GI Bill benefits until you have full benefits and a certain plan.