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Greetings School Certifying Official,
On May 5, 2021, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense issued a memorandum to Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Education Service clarifying the approval of concurrent receipt for GI Bill beneficiaries of Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) and the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve Education Benefit (MGIB-SR or chapter 1606).
What does this mean?
Restrictions have been lifted for concurrent use of Federal Tuition Assistance and MGIB-SR. All qualified Selected Reserve Service members are authorized to use both TA and MGIB-SR benefits concurrently when enrolled in a program of education that is half-time or greater. Concurrent use is not authorized when enrolled less than half-time.
The School Certifying Official Handbook will be updated no later than August 1, 2021 to reflect this change.
If your GI Bill students have questions about this topic, please have them contact their DoD Education Services Office.
For specific information about GI Bill benefits, please visit the GI Bill website. For specific SCO questions about your school, contact your Education Liaison Representative (ELR).