WASHINGTON, DC -- November 8, 2002 -- Members of the military who qualify for Montgomery GI bill benefits for education received a raise in their monthly check. Beginning October 1, 2002, the amount for those on active duty and for certain reserve members increased from $800 a month to $900 a month. On October 1, 2003, the amount will increase to $985 a month.
Service members who wish to participate in the GI bill education program pay $100 a month for their first 12 months on active duty. If they have at least three years of service when they leave the military, they may receive 36 months of education assistance at colleges and other institutions. The monthly benefit can be used for tuition, room and board, books, and college fees.
We became aware of the increase in GI benefits through the Vet Jobs web site, which is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.