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What if I am beyond my original period of eligibility when called up?

The policies on this subject vary by educational program. For an official determination of your eligibility, please submit an application to VA. You may want to also state your reason for requesting a delimiting date extension on the application. Click here to apply online or print a hard copy application form. After receiving your application, VA will request any necessary evidence from you before informing you of your eligibility. Please scroll down to your selected program for details on extensions due to call-up.

MGIB-Active Duty (Chapter 30) or VEAP

If you were eligible for the MGIB Active Duty program or VEAP, and serve at least 90 continuous days on active duty at a later date, you receive a new ten-year period of eligibility for education benefits starting at the end of your call-up period.

If you served less than 90 continuous days and are discharged or released for a service connected disability, for a non-service connected medical condition which preexisted the later active duty service, for hardship, or because of a reduction in force for the convenience of the government, you will still get a new ten-year period of eligibility. We may need evidence of active service such as copies of orders or DD Form 214, and doctor's statements or other evidence for medical conditions or disability. You would generally not receive an extension of your eligibility if you were called up under Title 32 (state authority) orders for operational purposes.

MGIB-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

If your period of eligibility for MGIB-SR(Chapter 1606) has passed at the time of your call up, you will not receive an extension of your eligibility for this benefit. However, depending on the length of your active duty service, you may gain eligibility for education benefits under another program. Please note that VA will pay a maximum of 48 months of entitlement to a recipient under any combination of programs.

Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

If you are activated during your period of eligibility under Title 10 or section 502(f) of Title 32, VA will extend your period of eligibility by the length of your active duty plus four months. You will receive a separate extension for each call-up. This type of extension is not subject to any age limitation.

For children entitled to DEA benefits who are in the reserves or National Guard, this type of extension is in addition to a separate extension you would receive for the first period of military service which occurs between your 18th and 26th birthdays. Under that extension, your eligibility period would extend eight years from your release from active duty for this period of service, but not beyond your 31st birthday.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)

There is no specific eligibility period for using REAP (Chapter 1607) benefits. However, benefits generally end once you leave the reserves.

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