Who Qualifies for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is available to anyone who served honorably in the military for 90 consecutive days on or after September 11, 2001. It’s also available to those who served 30 days and were discharged with a service-connected disability. Under some conditions the military members benefits can be transferred to a dependent. It is the responsibility of the service member to initiate their request for benefits or to request transfer benefits to a family member.
Tuition payments are based on the highest in-state tuition rate at an Institute of Higher Learning within the state where the school is located. In addition, qualification support is dependent on where the recipient lives and the type of degree or training they are looking to attain.
Benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill include:
Provides up to 36 months of education benefits
Payable for education/training received on or after Aug 1 2009
Includes undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and technical and vocational schools
Also included is tutoring assistance, reimbursement for certification and licensing testing
Cost of tuition/fees, not more than max in-state tuition of most expensive public state school
Monthly housing stipend, up to E-5 (w/dependents) Basic Allowance for Housing at school location
Annual stipend for books/supplies, not to exceed $1,000 and based on enrollment
A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals
Benefits available up to 15 years after leaving active duty
New 2011 Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (in addition to those above) – Effective 1 Aug/1 Oct 2011
Some National Guard who mobilized after Sept 11, 2001 are now eligible
All public school in-state tuition and fees now payable
Private school reimbursement capped at $17,500 annually
Housing allowance available for students enrolled 100% in online/distance education
Covers non-degree programs, on-the-job training, and flight training programs
Active duty qualify for the $1,000 book stipend
Benefits cover undergraduate through doctorate degree programs
Licensing, certification tests, and national exams are reimburseable
Note: The Yellow Ribbon Program is available to cover some out-of-pocket expenses not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program. However, this is a separate benefit with its own set of guidelines and rules so make sure your school is participating in this program before applying.
For the specific rules, formulas, and guidelines that encompass the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program, go to . To apply, either go to or register through the VA Certifying official at the school or training facility you want to attend.