Imagine a world where you’ve completed your service requirements, but you’re not sure what to do next. Your military training gave you a lot of skills, but what you learn on base or in the field is often different than what are required by today’s employers. Military Service Members, Veterans, and even their spouses may wonder what the future holds, or where the money will come from to get a college education.

For Military personnel whose current obligations make campus classes difficult to attend, ICDC College’s distance online learning, in over 15 different programs, may be a viable option. All coursework is available 24/7, so you can customize your career training to your schedule.

If eligible, these Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Montgomery GI Bill® are two viable Military benefit options to assist in paying for career training.* Find out how ICDC College can assist you and your family in getting the most out of your Military education benefits!

The Post-9/11 GI Bill:1

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is a federally-funded education and career advancement aid initiative for Service Members who were enlisted as active duty on or following September 10th, 2001.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Eligibility:

For Military Service Members to qualify, they need to have served 90 or more total days on active duty since September 10, 2001. Having been honorably discharged for a service-connected disability following 30 days of continual active duty service starting on 9/11/01 also qualifies Service Members for benefits.

Children may also qualify for benefits under the Marine Gunnery John David Fry Scholarship Program if their parent or other eligible Service Member died on duty on or after 9/11/2001.

How it Works:

Qualified recipients are eligible for set percentages of the following payments:

  • Tuition and fee allowances made to your chosen school
  • A Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) based on:
  • the standard housing allowance for the zip code of your chosen school
  • other variables like dependents and military status may factor into allowances
  • 50% of the BAH national average for students enrolled exclusively in distance learning programs
  • the national BAH average for students seeking training or education outside the U.S.
  • A maximum of $1,000 per year given as a Books and Supplies stipend

For additional information on receiving active duty GI Bill benefits and distance learning options, visit the VA’s website.

The Montgomery GI Bill:

The Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) is available to anyone who has enlisted in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.


These benefits are divided into two sections:2

  • Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB - AD) – Aimed at active duty Service Members who sign up and give $100 per month for one year, the program entitles enrollees to receive an education benefit every month after finishing their minimum service obligations.
  • Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB - SR) – This benefit is geared towards actively-drilling Reservists with a six year obligation in the Selected Reserve.

Additional qualifications may include members of the Military Community who have received an honorable discharge; AND possess high school diploma or GED, or possibly even 12 hours of college credit; AND you match or surpass the different categories at the VA’s website3.

For more information on requirements and applications, go to the VA’s website.

How it Works:


Service Members who qualify could receive as much as 3 years/36 months of benefits to help advance their educational goals. The monthly sum allotted for recipients is based on a number of factors, including:

  • training type
  • service time
  • category
  • college fund eligibility (if any)
  • their payments into the $600 buy-up program (if any)

Typically, Service Members have 10 years to utilize their MGIB payments, but that window may vary based on individual situations.

MGIB financial aid can be utilized for the following:

  • college degree and certificate programs
  • technical or vocational courses
  • flight training
  • apprenticeships or on-the-job training
  • high-tech training, licensing and certification tests or entrepreneurship training
  • certain entrance examinations and correspondence courses

It is possible to have remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses qualify for MGIB benefits on a per-case basis. Typically, payments are given for 10 years after being honorably discharged from service.


This education and training benefit is targeted at qualified enlistees in the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard. Acceptance into this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments.

MGIB-SR benefits may additionally be used for:

  • college degree and certificate programs
  • co-op training
  • technical or vocational courses
  • flight training
  • apprenticeships or on-the-job training
  • high-tech training
  • licensing and certification tests
  • entrepreneurship training
  • certain entrance examinations and correspondence courses

Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses can qualify for benefits under special circumstances.

With a college education in-hand, members of the Military community will be able to hit the job market with the entry-level knowledge needed for careers in healthcare, business and accounting, homeland security, investigations, and more!

ICDC College’s Commitment to the Military Community:

Since 1995, ICDC College has offered programs for students wishing to get an education and advance their career options. All online students receive a laptop included with tuition!**

Think you might want to apply your Post-9/11 or Montgomery GI Bill benefits to receive an education at ICDC College? Then pick up the phone and call (888) 926-4232 today! Admissions Representatives from ICDC College’s Military Division are standing by to help make your career dreams a reality!


*The GI Bill is a registered trademark of the Department of Veterans Affairs, DBA Education Service Agency of the U.S. Government. ICDC College is not sponsored by, endorsed by, or otherwise affiliated with the GI Bill or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The above information is just a summary. Please visit the GI Bill’s official website for the most current information.

**Laptop and books/e-books included with tuition. Online students only. Conditions apply, limited time offer.

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