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The GI Bill is designed to assist Soldiers and Veterans with paying education expenses and providing job training skills. Unlike federal tuition assistance and the state tuition reimbursement program, the GI Bill pays a check that goes directly to you, providing the flexibility for you to decide where it's needed most. For Soldiers who are currently serving in the Texas Army National Guard, the GI Bill is an added bonus in addition to their monthly drill pay.
Many Soldiers and Veterans are eligible for more than one Chapter of GI Bill benefits. Soldiers who are new to the Guard are initially eligible for only the CH 1606.
A side-by-side comparison below shows a quick overview of current GI Bill chapters. If you've been serving in the military for awhile and aren't sure which GI Bill chapter you qualify for, contact the Texas Army National Guard Education Center at (512) 782-5155 or the ARNG GI Bill Support Team at (866) 628-5999. They will be able to provide you with the answers you're looking for.
Once you know the chapters that you qualify for, you might want to print these side-by-side comparisons, which will help you understand these benefits better.
Extensive information on all GI Bills is available at the GI Bill Web Site | The Home for All Educational Benefits Provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and should be reviewed thoroughly.
When you are ready to start drawing your GI Bill benefits, print and follow the steps on the How to Apply Guide. Please read through the Facts & FAQs before applying.
Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Soldiers take note- while on AGR, GI Bill benefits are suspended, except for TOP UP. TOP UP allows AGR Soldiers to receive GI Bill benefits to pay the difference between the cost of tuition and fees, and what federal tuition assistance covers. For example, if tuition and fees are $3,000 and federal tuition assistance may only cover $2,000, AGR Service Members can use Top Up to pay the remaining $1,000.
Top Up is elected through GoArmyEd when applying for TA.