Many people are aware of the different funding options that members of the United States Military has as a result of the Montgomery GI Bill. These are benefits that have been established by Congress and the Federal Government, and that have been expanded over the years to help support the fighting men and women who join our volunteer military Service. But there is a program that allows military Servicemembers to increase the amount of funds that are available to them with the MGIB program. It is called the MGIB Tuition Top up program. It’s is a method of maximizing the Montgomery GI Bill benefits so that when you are separated from the service you have the maximum amount of money possible for your education.
All courses that are began after October 2000 is potentially eligible for the Military Top Up program. The Top up tuition program is another method of accessing military educational funds. The benefit amount is normally about equal to the actual amount of the course and what is generally paid out by the military for such a course. The benefit amount is generally limited to full MGIB benefit amounts if the military were actually paying for the full course tuition costs. The Tuition top up program is one that allows participants to supplement the fees and tuition that is not normally covered by tuition assistance. The top up program is not currently authorized for members of the selected reserve, but there are elements of the Reserve MGIB that help those reservists that do not qualify for the Top up program. Your eventual MGIB benefits may be reduced slightly if you utilize the top up program. You have to be on active duty, and have served at least a full two years on active duty when you apply for this program. There are often little known grants and loan programs that may benefit you. You should always check into any and all financial aid funding available to you if you are seeking to attend school, both military funding and civilian funding.
The total amount that you qualify for can?t exceed the full price of the course. You have to be eligible for federal military tuition assistance to be able to utilize the top up program. Normally if you are eligible for MGIB AD benefits then you will qualify.