Top Up is a program that allows active duty GI Bill® participants to use their benefits to supplement tuition and fees not covered by Tuition Assistance. Top-Up may be an option if you plan to use Tuition Assistance to complete a degree program while on active duty.
Eligibility for Top Up depends on a number of factors. You’ll need to carefully consider your situation and check with your education officer or admissions counselor before applying for Top Up. The Top Up program is only available to recipients of Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty or Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®.
More about Top Up:
- Top Up is limited to 36 months of payment
- Top Up is limited to the amount that you would receive for the same course if regular benefits were being used
- If you are receiving MGIB-AD, you will receive the difference between what the Department of Defense pays for the course and the total cost of the course.
- If you are receiving the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, your school will be reimbursed the difference between the amount the Department of Defense pays for the course and the authorized maximum tuition and fees for the school.
More information about Top Up can be found on the VA website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/tuition_assistance.asp.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.