2016-2017 Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) Rates-Active Duty

Photo by Master Sgt. William Wiseman
Photo by Master Sgt. William Wiseman

Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) rates, as of October 1st, 2016 through September 30th, 2017. Rates for Active Duty Members increased this year by approximately 3.66% from the previous year.  Increases are applied each year to offset the yearly rising cost of education that is due to inflation. Your eligibility for these rates can be found at A Brief Overview of Montgomery Bill.

2016-2017 MGIB Rates (Active Duty (MGIB-AD/Chapter 30)

Rates for three years or more enlistment:

Institutional Training
Training Time 2015-2016 Monthly rate 2016-2017 Monthly rate Year over Year Increase
Full time $1,789.00 $1857.00 3.66%
¾ time $1,341.75 1392.75 3.66%
½ time $894.50 928.50 3.66%
less than ½ time more than ¼ time $894.50 ** 925.50 ** 3.66%
¼ time or less $447.25 ** 464.25 ** 3.66%
Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training
Training Period 2015-2016 Monthly rate 2016-2017 Monthly rate Year over Year Increase
First 6 months of training $1,341.75 $1392.75 3.66%
Second 6 months of training $983.95 $1021.35 3.66%
Remainder of training $626.15 $649.95 3.66%

Correspondence and Flight – Entitlement charged at the rate of one month for each $1,857.00 paid.
Cooperative – $1,857.00
** Tuition and Fees ONLY. Payment cannot exceed the listed amount.

Rates for less than three years of enlistment:

Institutional Training
Training Time 2015-2016 Monthly rate 2016-2017 Monthly rate Year over Year Increase
Full time $1,454.00 $1509.00 3.66%
¾ time $1,090.50 $1,131.75 3.66%
½ time $727.00 $754.50 3.66%
less than ½ time more than ¼ time $727.00 ** $754.50 ** 3.66%
¼ time or less $363.50 ** $377.25 ** 3.66%
Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training
Training Period 2015-2016 Monthly rate 2016-2017 Monthly rate Year over Year Increase
First 6 months of training $1,090.50 $1,131.75 3.66%
Second 6 months of training $799.70 $829.95 3.66%
Remainder of training $508.90 $528.15 3.66%

Correspondence and Flight – Entitlement charged at the rate of one month for each $1,509.00 paid.
Cooperative – $1,509.00
** Tuition and Fees ONLY. Payment cannot exceed the listed amount.

Basic Institutional Rates for persons with remaining entitlement under Chapter 34 of Title 38, U.S.C. Chapter 30 Category II rates effective October 1, 2016.

Institutional Training
Training period Monthly Rate
No Dependents One Dependent Two Dependents Each additional dependent
Full time $2045.00 $2,081.00 $2,112.00 $16.00
¾ time $1,534.25 $1,560.75 $1,584.25 $12.00
½ time $1022.50 $1,040.50 $1,056.00 $8.50
less than ½ time more than ¼ time $1,022.50 **
¼ time or less $511.25 **
Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training
Training period Monthly Rate
No Dependents One Dependent Two Dependents Each additional dependent
First six months of training $1,495.50 $1,507.88 $1,518.75 $5.25
Second six months of training $1,077.33 $1,087.08 $1,094.78 $3.85
Third six months of training $673.75 $679.88 $684.60 $2.45
Remainder of program $661.85 $667.63 $672.88 $2.45
Cooperative Training
Training period Monthly Rate
No Dependents One Dependent Two Dependents Each additional dependent
Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016 $1,977.00 $2,013.00 $2,044.00 $16.00

Correspondence – 55% of the approved charges or

Flight – 60% of the approved charges

** Tuition and Fees ONLY. Payment cannot exceed the listed amount.

The Montgomery GI Bill was established in 1984 and provides financial assistance for education and training.  To be eligible you must contribute $100 a month for the first 12 months of active-duty, have High School or equivalent degree, and served at least 2 years on active duty.

There is also a Buy-Up Program, where if eligible service members contribute an additional $600, they can receive up to $150 a month or $5,400 (36 months) more in benefits.

Source: Department of Veterans Affairs