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Payment Rates

GI Bill payment rates for participation in approved apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs are set by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The rates vary depending upon which GI Bill benefit is used. The following is a description of payment rates designated for each GI Bill program. Payment rates shown below for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33 are effective for calendar year 2012. Payment rates shown below for all other GI Bill programs are based on rates effective as of 1 October 2012.

Post 9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33.

 

Payment rates for the Post-9/11 GI Bill are based on percentages of the applicable Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA). The MHA is determined by employer’s zip code. The percentages decrease over time as the veteran progresses through the training program and earns higher wages. The percentages are as follows:  

 

100% of the applicable MHA during the first 6 months of training. This amount is based on the veteran’s benefit rate, which can range from 40 percent to 100 percent depending on the amount of time a veteran has spent on active duty since September 11, 2001. Payment rates decrease by 20 percent for each subsequent 6-month period, as shown below. 

  • 80% of the applicable MHA during the second 6 months of training.
  • 60% of the applicable MHA during the third 6 months of training.
  • 40% of the applicable MHA during the fourth 6 months of training.
  • 20% of the applicable MHA during the remainder of the training.
  • The apprentice would also receive up to $83 per month for book and supplies for the duration of the training period. 

Example # 1: If a veteran eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100 percent rate was employed full-time in a 5-year apprentice training program in Boston, Massachusetts (where the applicable MHA is $2,493.00), he or she would collect a total of $59,832.00 in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (not including the monthly stipend for books and supplies). These benefits would be collected in addition to regular full-time apprentice wages. Prorated monthly payments would apply if the veteran’s eligibility rate was less than 100 percent or if the veteran were employed in less than a full-time status. Veterans employed in apprenticeship training programs in less than half-time status are not eligible to receive the MHA. The total payment amounts by year are as follows:  

  • First year = $26,924.40
  • Second year = $14,958.00
  • Third year = $5,983.20
  • Fourth year = $5,983.20
  • Fifth year = $5,983.20
  • Total payments for a 5-year program = $59,832.00 

Example # 2: If a veteran eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 70 percent rate was employed full-time in a 5-year apprentice training program in Boston, Massachusetts (where the applicable MHA is $2,493.00), he or she would collect a total of $41,882.40 in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (not including the monthly stipend for books and supplies). These benefits would be collected in addition to regular full-time apprentice wages. Prorated monthly payments would apply if the veteran were employed in less than a full-time status. Veterans employed in apprenticeship training programs in less than half-time status are not eligible to receive the MHA. The total payment amounts by year are as follows:  

  • First year = $18,847.08
  • Second year = $10,470.60
  • Third year = $4,188.24
  • Fourth year = $4,188.24
  • Fifth year = $4,188.24
  • Total payments for a 5-year program = $41,882.40
All Other GI Bill Programs.

Payment rates for all other GI Bill programs are based on a percentage of the full-time institutional rate of the benefit program being utilized. The percentages decrease over time as the veteran progresses through the training program and earns higher wages. The percentages are as follows:

  • 75% of the full-time GI Bill rate for the first 6 months of training.
  • 55% of the full-time GI Bill rate for the second 6 months of training.
  • 35% of the full-time GI Bill rate for the remainder of the training program. 

Veterans completing an enlistment of three or more years on active duty who are using Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty, Chapter 30 benefits to pursue a 5-year apprenticeship training program would receive the following benefit payments. Those completing less than three years of service would receive reduced payments. 

  • First year = $12,199.20
  • Second year = $6,568.80
  • Third year = $6,568.80
  • Fourth year = $6,568.80
  • Fifth year = $6,568.80
  • Total payments for a 5-year program = $38,474.40

Veterans using Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve, Chapter 1606 benefits to pursue a 5-year apprenticeship training program would receive the following benefit payments.

  • First year = $2,776.80
  • Second year = $1,495.20
  • Third year = $1,495.20
  • Fourth year = $1,495.20
  • Fifth year = $1,495.20
  • Total payments for a 5-year program = $8,757.60

Veterans using Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Chapter 1607 benefits (at the 80% benefit rate) to pursue a 5-year apprenticeship training program would receive the following benefit payments. 

  • First year = $9,759.36
  • Second year = $5,255.04
  • Third year = $5,255.04
  • Fourth year = $5,255.04
  • Fifth year = $5,255.04
  • Total payments for a 5-year program = $30,779.52

Veterans using Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Chapter 1607 benefits (at the 60% benefit rate) to pursue a 5-year apprenticeship training program would receive the following benefit payments. 

  • First year = $7,319.52
  • Second year = $3,941.28
  • Third year = $3,941.28
  • Fourth year = $3,941.28
  • Fifth year = $3,941.28
  • Total payments for a 5-year program = $23,084.64

Veterans using Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Chapter 1607 benefits (at the 40% benefit rate) to pursue a 5-year apprenticeship training program would receive the following benefit payments.

  • First year = $4,879.68
  • Second year = $2,627.52
  • Third year = $2,627.52
  • Fourth year = $2,627.52
  • Fifth year = $2,627.52
  • Total payments for a 5-year program = $15,389.76

Veterans eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill Kicker Program (at the $350 rate) who pursue a 5-year apprenticeship training program would receive the following payments in addition to their basic benefit payments. The Kicker must be collected in conjunction with a basic GI Bill benefit.  

  • First year = $2,730
  • Second year = $1,470
  • Third year = $1,470
  • Fourth year = $1,470
  • Fifth year = $1,470
  • Total payments for a 5-year program = $8,610

Veterans eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill Kicker Program (at the $200 rate) who pursue a 5-year apprenticeship training program would receive the following payments in addition to their basic benefit payments. 

  • First year = $1,560
  • Second year = $840
  • Third year = $840
  • Fourth year = $840
  • Fifth year = $840
  • Total payments for a 5-year program = $4,920

Veterans eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill Kicker Program (at the $100 rate) who pursue a 5-year apprenticeship training program would receive the following payments in addition to their basic benefit payments. 

  • First year = $780
  • Second year = $420
  • Third year = $420
  • Fourth year = $420
  • Fifth year = $420
  • Total payments for a 5-year program = $2,460

Veterans eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty, Chapter 30 or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Chapter 1607 programs who contributed to the $600 Buy-Up program would receive additional monthly payments based on the payment percentages listed above as they related to the veteran’s Buy-Up payment rate.

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