New GI Bill -- Benefits
- How many months of assistance can I receive?
Generally the number of months of entitlement you can receive is 36 months. A person could earn 36 months of entitlement after serving the minimum 90 days. Please bear in mind that the 36 months is dependent upon the fact that you have not received more than 12 months under any other program. One exception is that if a person is in the Chapter 30 program and transfers to Post 9/11 Chapter 33, he or she can only receive what he or she has remaining in Chapter 30 and the other limits do not apply.
- If I am eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, how much will I receive?
You or your school will receive a percentage, as determined by length of active duty service, of the following: • Effective August 1, 2011, all in-state tuition & fee charges are reimbursed at public institutions of higher learning. For private and foreign institutions of higher learning, the tuition & fee reimbursement is capped at $17,500 per year. The Yellow Ribbon Program exists for out-of-state fees and costs above the cap. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program, please view that video segment. • Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing amount payable to E-5 with dependents, in same zip code as school.* The basic allowance for housing for veterans training overseas is $1,347.00 a month for 2011 which is the average amount for all CONUS locations. • Effective October 1, 2011, those enrolled solely in distance learning will receive a housing allowance equal to 1/2 the national average. • Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000** • A one time payment of $500 may be payable to certain individuals relocating from highly rural areas. * Housing allowance is not payable to individuals on active duty, or those pursuing training at half-time or less. Effective August 1, 2011, your housing allowance will be prorated to match your training time. ** Effective October 1, 2011 the books and supplies stipend is available to active duty individuals. For more information and details on benefits, visit: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/Post911_changes.html
- Based on amount of time served, what are the percentages of maximum benefits available on the Post 9/11 GI Bill?
Individuals must serve an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001 to receive any Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. The following chart will show you examples of the amount of time served and the percent of maximum benefits you may be eligible to receive.
- Can you show me a sample of how the Post 9/11 GI Bill could work?
Consider this scenario: You completed at least 36 months of active duty and separated. You attend school full-time. Tuition and Fees charged for full-time: $7000 Highest In-State Tuition and Fees: $8500 You would be eligible for $7,000 for tuition and fees, the monthly housing allowance, and $1000 for books and supplies. Consider this alternative scenario: You served an aggregated 12 months of active duty service in the guard or reserves, and are going to school full-time. You would be eligible for $4,200 (60% of $7,000) for tuition and fees, 60% of housing allowance, and $600 (60% of $1000) for books and supplies stipend. Here is a summary of the percentage benefit based on active duty completed after September 10, 2001: At least 36 months: 100% benefit 30-36 months: 90% benefit 24 to 36 months: 80% benefit 18 to 24 months: 70% benefit 12 to 18 months: 60% benefit 6 to 12 months: 50% benefit 3 to 6 months: 40% benefit At least 30 continuous days on active duty and must be discharged due to service-connected disability: 100% For more details and the latest information, please visit: http://www.gibill.va.gov/
- What type of education and training does the Post 9/11 GI Bill cover?
The Post-9/11 GI Bill may be used at an institution of higher learning (IHL) (a school that offers college degrees) and includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training offered at that IHL. Tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are also approved under the Post - 9/11 GI Bill. If you are also eligible for chapter 30, 1606 or 1607, you may be eligible to pursue training for on-the-job training, apprenticeship, correspondence, flight and preparatory courses under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. In addition, effective October 1, 2011, the Post-9/11 GI Bill may be used at vocational and technical schools, vocational flight schools, correspondence schools, and for apprenticeship/on-the-job training. For more information, please visit: http://www.gibill.va.gov/