Post- 9/11 GI Bill Eligibility: The Post- 9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for Servicemembers and Veterans who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.
To be eligible, the Servicemember or Veteran must serve at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, and remain on active duty or be honorably:
- 1. Discharged from active duty status.
- 2. Released from active duty and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list.
- 3. Released from active duty and transferred to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve.
- 4. Released from active duty for further service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces.
Veterans may also be eligible if they were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.
Generally, service members or veterans may receive up to 36 months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Eligibility for benefits expires 15 years from the last period of active duty of at least 90 consecutive days.
If released for a service-connected disability after at least 30 days of continuous service, eligibility ends 15 years from when the member is released for the service-connected disability.
If, on Aug.1, 2009, the service member or veteran is eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill; the Montgomery GI Bill- Selected Reserve; or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program, and qualifies for the Post-9/11 Gl Bill, an irrevocable election must be made to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 Gl Bill. In most instances, once the election to receive benefits under the Post—9/11 GI Bill is made, the individual will no longer be eligible to receive benefits under the relinquished program.
Based on the length of active duty service, eligible participants are entitled to receive a percentage of the following:
- 1. Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in—state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid directly to the school);
- 2. Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E—5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the primary school (paid directly to the service member or veteran);
- 3. Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000 per year (paid directly to the service member or veteran); and
- 4. A one—time payment of $500 paid to certain individuals relocating from highly rural areas. * The housing allowance is not payable to individuals on active duty and to those pursuing training at half time or less.
Benefits may be used for any approved program offered by a school in the United States that is authorized to grant an associate (or higher) degree. Call 1-888-442-4551 or visit www.gibill.va.gov for information about attending school in a foreign country.
If entitlement to the Post—9/11 GI Bill was the result of transferring from the Montgomery GI Bill; the Montgomery GI Bill- Selected Reserve; or the Reserve Education Assistance Program, recipients may also receive Post—9/11 GI Bill benefits for flight training, apprenticeship or on—the-job training programs, and correspondence courses. Individuals serving an aggregate period of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001 can receive the following percentages based on length of service:
Active Duty Service/ Maximum Benefit:
- At least 36 months / 100%
- At least 30 continuous days and discharged due to service connected disability / 100%
- At least 30 months < 36 months / 90%
- At least 24 months < 30 months / 80%
- At least 18 months < 24 months / 70%
- At least 12 months < 18 months / 60%
- At least 6 months < 12 months / 50%
- At least 90 days < 6 months / 40%
Transfer of Entitlement (TOE): DOD may offer members of the Armed Forces on or after Aug.1, 2009, the opportunity to transfer benefits to a spouse or dependent children. DOD and the military services must approve all requests for this benefit. Members of the Armed Forces approved for the TOE may only transfer any unused portion of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits while a member of the Armed Forces, subject to their period of eligibility.
The Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program was enacted to potentially assist eligible individuals with payment of their tuition and fees in instances where costs exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education.
To be eligible, the student must be: a veteran receiving benefits at the 100% benefit rate payable, a transfer-of-entitlement-eligible dependent child, or a transfer-of-entitlement eligible spouse of a veteran. The school of attendance must have accepted VA’s invitation to participate in the program, state how much student tuition will be waived (up to 50%) and how many participants will be accepted into the program during the current academic year. VA will match the school’s percentage (up to 50%) to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket costs for eligible participants.
Work-Study Program: Veterans and eligible transfer-of-entitlement recipients who train at the three-quarter rate of pursuit or higher may be eligible for a work-study program in which they work for VA and receive hourly wages. Students under the work-study program must be supervised by a VA employee and all duties performed must relate to VA. The types of work allowed include:
- 1. VA paperwork processing at schools or other training facilities.
- 2. Assistance with patient care at VA hospitals or domiciliary care facilities.
- 3. Work at national or state veterans’ cemeteries.
- 4. Various jobs within any VA regional office.
- 5. Other VA-approved activities.
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship: This scholarship entitles children of those who die in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, to use Post—9/11 GI Bill benefits.
- • are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level
- • have 15 years to use the benefit beginning on their 18th birthday
- • may use the benefit until their 33rd birthday
- • are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program PL 111-377, ""Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010""
On Jan. 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the ""Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010"". A summary of the changes is outlined below. Effective now but not payable until October 1, 2011: The Post—9/11 GI Bill is expanded to include Active Service performed by National Guard members under title 32 U.S.C. for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the National Guard; or under section 502(f) for the purpose of responding to a national emergency.
- Effective March 5, 2011: Active duty members pursuing a degree at more than half-time are limited to the net cost for tuition and fees prorated based on the eligibility tiers (40%-100%) previously established for Veterans.
- Effective August 1, 2011: The new law simplifies the tuition and fee rates for those attending a public school and creates a national maximum for those enrolled in a private or foreign school
- • All public school in—state tuition and fees are covered
- • Private and foreign school costs are capped at $17,500 annually
- • The Yellow Ribbon Program still exists for out-of-state fees and costs above the cap Allows VA to pay MGIB (chapter 30) and MGIB—SR (chapter 1606) ""kickers"", or college fund payments, on a monthly basis instead of a lump sum at the beginning of the term Prorates housing allowance by the student’s rate of pursuit (rounded to the nearest tenth)
- • A student training at a rate of pursuit of 75% would receive 80% of the BAH rate Break or interval pay is no longer payable under any VA education benefit program unless under an Executive Order of the President or due to an emergency, such as a natural disaster or strike.
- • This means that when your semester ends (e.g. December 15th), your housing allowance is paid for the first 15 days of December only and begins again when your next semester begins (e.g. January 10th) and is paid for the remaining days of January.
- • Students using other VA education programs are included in this change. Monthly benefits will be pro-rated in the same manner.
- • Entitlement that previously would have been used for break pay will be available for use during a future enrollment. Allows reimbursement for more than one ""license or certification"" test (previously only one test was allowed). Allows reimbursement of fees paid to take national exams used for admission to an institution of higher learning (e.g., SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT) Allows those who are eligible for both Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (chapter 31) benefits and Post—9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) benefits to choose the Post-9/11 Gl Bill’s monthly housing allowance instead of the chapter 31 subsistence allowance. Effective October 1, 2011: Allows students to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill for-
- • Non-college degree (NCD) programs: Pays actual net cost for in-State tuition and fees at public NCD institutions. At private and foreign institutions, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees or $17,500, whichever is less. Also pays up to $83 per month for books and supplies. On-the-job and apprenticeship training: Pays a monthly benefit amount prorated based on time in program and up to $83 per month for books and supplies.
- • Flight programs: Per academic year, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school or $10,000, whichever is less. This limit is applicable to flight programs at both IHLs and non-IHLs.
- • Correspondence training: Per academic year, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school or $8,500, whichever is less. Allows students on active duty to receive a books and supplies stipend. Educational and Vocational Counseling Services: Refer to Chapter 10, "Transition Assistance", for detailed information on available services. "