We have provided a summary of benefits for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. This information has been taken directly from the GI Bill® web-site. For a more detailed description and for most recent updates, please visit their web-site: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill
Section I: The Post 9/11 GI Bill® vs. Current GI Bill® Programs
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before September 11, 2001. Table 1 shows how long a veteran must have served after September 11, 2001 to receive the percentage of benefits specified.
Military Affairs – Required Time Served and Benefits Payable to Service Members
|Individuals serving an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001 of:
||Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable
|At least 36 months
|At least 30 continuous days and discharged due to service – connected disability
|At least 30 months < 36 months
|At least 24 months < 30 months
|At least 18 months < 24 months
|At least 12 months < 18 months
|At least 6 months < 12 months
|At least 90 days < 6 months
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009.
Service members are eligible for benefits for 15 years from the last period of active duty of at least 90 consecutive days. If the service member was released for a service-connected disability after at least 30 days of continuous service, that veteran will also be eligible for benefits for 15 years.
If students qualify for any other program through the GI Bill® (GI Bill® (Chapter 30) GI Bill® – Selected Reserve, or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program) and meet requirements for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, on August 1, 2009, they may make an irrevocable election to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
Service members are eligible to receive benefits for up to 36 total months (including months used under other MGI Bill® programs prior to the irrevocable election to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®).
Students should monitor the GI Bill® website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill for updated information and application submission dates.
NOTE: Once students elect to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, they will no longer be eligible to receive benefits from other MGI Bill® programs.
Section II: Eligibility Requirements under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®
Student-Veterans may be eligible if they served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, and are still on active duty or were honorably:
- Discharged from the active duty
- Released from active duty and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list
- Released from active duty and transferred to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve
- Released from the active duty for further service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces.
- Released from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.
Section III: Payable Benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®
Based on the student’s length of active duty service (refer to Table 1), students are entitled to a percentage of the following:
Payable to the School:
Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education.
Payable to the Student:
- Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as your school. The housing allowance is not payable to those pursuing training at half time. Service members on active duty or their spouses using transferred benefits are not eligible for the housing allowance.
- Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year, based on percentage of eligibility
- A one-time payment of $500 paid to certain individuals relocating from highly rural areas
- Up to $2,000 for the reimbursement of one licensing or certification test
Transferring Benefits to Dependents:
Service members should contact the Service Retention Officer at their unit, or visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill ®for benefit transfer information and required paperwork.
“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 website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.