Veteran Benefits

You may qualify for Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits if you enlisted in the military as active duty or selective reserve status. You may also qualify for assistance if one or your parents is, or was, a military veteran. Learn more and apply by contacting your Veterans Affairs regional office.

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If you are obtaining benefits through one of the three programs in the bulleted list below and received an Honorable discharge within the last three years, you may automatically qualify for in-state tuition at UAB. Before submitting an Application for Residency Reclassification, contact the Office of Veteran Recruitment and Student Services to determine if you qualify.
  • Alabama G.I. Dependents’ Scholarship Program
  • Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33)
  • MGIB – AD (Chapter 30)

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.

If you are an active duty service member anticipating at least a 20% service-connected disability rating, or a veteran with a 20% disability rating or greater, you should first determine any benefits to which you are entitled under Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E, chapter 31).

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

Benefit Restrictions:

For you to receive educational benefits, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs requires that a student "be making satisfactory academic progress towards your goal." Failure to adhere to this regulation may result in the loss of benefits. Your academic advisor will provide you with the list of approved courses for your curriculum. In addition, the UAB VA certifying official will closely monitor your academic performance and will share information with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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