Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)

At University of Phoenix, you can apply your Montgomery GI Bill®–Active Duty, as well as your Montgomery GI Bill–Selected Reserve benefits to your educational costs.

GI Bill—Active Duty

The Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty (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 and certification tests 
  • Entrepreneurship training 
  • Certain entrance examinations 

You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be less or longer under certain circumstances. The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, and if the Department of Defense puts extra money in your MGIB Fund (known as ‘kickers’).

You can apply by filling out VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits. If you have any questions or need assistance, you can rest assured that your University of Phoenix Finance Advisor will be able to help at any point along the way.

We also honor the military tuition benefits you receive from the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

GI Bill—Selected Reserve

The Montgomery GI Bill–Selected Reserve program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. This includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

You may use this education assistance program for:

  • Degree programs
  • Certificate or correspondence courses
  • Cooperative training
  • Independent study programs
  • Apprenticeship/on-the-job training
  • Vocational flight training programs

Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances.

Are You Eligible for the GI Bill–Selected Reserve?

Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. The Department of Veterans Affairs makes the payments for this program. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.

If your eligibility for this program began on or after October 1st, 1992, your period of eligibility ends 14 years from your beginning date of eligibility, or on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.

If your eligibility for this program began prior to October 1st, 1992, your period of eligibility ends 10 years from your beginning date of eligibility, or on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.

How Do You Apply for the Selected Reserve Benefits?

Your unit will give you 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, 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, Enrollment Certification, and send all the forms to VA.

For more information, read about Education Benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs or call toll free 1.888.GI.BILL1. Also, a University of Phoenix team of representatives will be there to make sure your questions are answered and that you can feel confident in every move you make.

GI Bill is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

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GI Bill Tuition Deferment

When using your GI Bill for a University of Phoenix education, you have another tuition option available to you. If you are an active duty or prior-service veteran; an eligible spouse; or dependent using the Montgomery GI Bill, we will defer your tuition, including electronic course fees, for 60 days. The University will also defer tuition and electronic course fees for students using their Post-9/11 GI Bill.

This is just a small part of our appreciation for all you have done. For more information on tuition deferral, please contact a University military advisor today.