The Top 20 Post-9/11 GI Bill Frequently Asked Questions
Answer: The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) went into effect on August 1, 2009. You can apply online using the VA's VONAPP program.
Be sure to contact the VA at 888-GIBILL-1. There are several things to consider before submitting the form.
Answer: No. The Post 9/11 GI Bill will only cover classes and programs completed after July 31, 2009.
Answer: You are eligible if you served a minimum of 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001. This covers active duty served as a member of the Armed Forces or as a result of a call or order to active duty from a reserve component (National Guard and Reserve) under certain sections of title 10.
However, some periods of active duty service are excluded. Periods of service under the following do not count toward qualification for the Post 9/11 GI Bill:
Further Details From the VA:
At a minimum, you must have served at least 30 days of continuous active duty service after September 10, 2001 and be discharged due to a service-connected disability, or served an aggregate of 90 days of active duty service after September 10, 2001, and:
Answer: Yes, the amount of tuition and stipends paid under the Post 9/11 GI Bill will vary depending on your state of residence, number of units taken, and amount of post Sept. 11, 2001 active-duty service. Here is a quick reference showing the percentage of total combined benefit eligibility based on the following periods of post 9/11 service:
Answer: The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers several education assistance benefits. The three major benefits include:
If you attend less than full-time you will receive a portion of the payment based on the number of units of study. These payment rates are paid according to the length of your period of service as listed in the previous question.
Tuition and fee payments will be made to the school (of your choice) for all established charges. The Post-9/11 GI Bill can pay your full resident tuition at a public school. If you are attending a private or foreign school it will pay up to $21,084.89. The amount of established charges payable for the entire quarter, semester, or term will be sent directly to the school as a lump sum payment.
The monthly housing stipend will be paid based on the monthly basic allowance for housing (BAH) payable for a military member with dependents in pay grade E-5 residing in the same ZIP code for the school where the individual is enrolled.
The housing allowance is paid at a percentage based on your active duty service, as listed above.
MHA Rate Exceptions
|Type of School||MHA Rate|
|Schools in US Territories||E-5 with dependents OHA Rate for school location|
|Exclusively Online Training (No Classroom Instruction)||$783.00|
|Attending classes at ½ time or less||NOT PAYABLE|
|Active Duty Trainee (or transferee spouse of servicemember)||NOT PAYABLE|
You may receive a stipend of up to $1000 a year for books, supplies, etc. The individual will receive a lump sum payment in the first month of each quarter, semester, or term. The amount of the stipend payable is an amount equal to the fraction of the whole academic year that the quarter, semester, or term represents.
NOTE: The amount of the monthly housing and book stipends will be paid based on the percentage of maximum benefit payable as noted in a previous question.\
Let's use a couple of examples to help explain:
EXAMPLE 1: Florida residents attending Public Money University (PMU) in Florida are charged $2,500 for full-time training each quarter. The monthly housing allowance for the zip code that PMU resides in is $1500.
Individuals who served at least 36 months on active duty (eligible for 100% of benefit) and who attend PMU full-time would receive:
Individuals who served at least 24 months on active duty (eligible for 80% of benefit) and who attend PMU full-time would receive:
EXAMPLE 2: Individuals attending Private Benefits University (PBU) in Texas (a private school) are charged $25,000 for full-time training each semester. PBU is a private school, the monthly housing allowance for the zip code that PBU resides in is $1,000, and the annual maximum amount the Post-9/11 GI Bill can pay for a private school is $21,084.89.
Individuals who served at least 36 months on active duty (eligible for 100% of benefit) and who attend PBU full-time would receive:
Individuals who served at least 24 months on active duty (eligible for 80% of benefit) and who attend PBU full-time would receive:
Answer: Yes, the additional benefits include the following, which are not charged against your 36 month entitlement:
Answer: Yes, there is a limitation on Educational Assistance for Training Pursued at Half-time or Less and for Active Duty Members. If you attend training at 1/2 time or less you are not eligible for the monthly housing stipend. You are eligible for an appropriately reduced stipend for books. The amount of educational assistance payable is the applicable percentage mentioned in an earlier question at a rate the lesser of:
Answer: Yes, active duty members are not eligible for the monthly housing stipend. The amount of educational assistance payable is the lesser of the:
Answer: Yes, individuals eligible for a kicker (College Fund, Reserve Kicker) will remain eligible for such kicker under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. If eligible, you will be paid the kicker each month as an increase to your housing stipend, even on active duty. Although as an active duty service member, or a veterans training at 1/2 time or less, or you are pursuing distance learning, you will receive your monthly kicker payment.
Answer: No, you will not receive an increased amount for additional contributions ($600 buy-up) paid under chapters 30 or 1607 and you will not be refunded this amount under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Answer: Yes, MGIB (chapter 30) contributions (excluding $600 buy-up) will be refunded at a proportional amount [based on the number of months remaining under MGIB at time of Post 9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) election] of the basic $1200 contribution. This refund will be included in the last monthly stipend payment when chapter 33 entitlement exhausts. Individuals who do not exhaust entitlement under chapter 33 will not receive a refund of contributions paid under MGIB.
Answer: Yes, your eligibility to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits expires 15 years from the date of the last discharge or release from active duty of at least 90 consecutive days.
Answer: Yes, in order to retain eligibility, after meeting the previously listed service requirements, you must:
Answer: Yes, like the MGIB you are generally entitled to 36 months of educational assistance. You may not receive benefits under more than one VA education program at the same time. If you are entitled to more than one GI Bill program you may be eligible for a maximum of 48 months of entitlement when using benefits under two or more GI Bill programs.
Note: Individuals eligible under MGIB (Chapter 30) who elect to receive benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill are only entitled to the number of months they had remaining under MGIB (Chapter 30) (including any revoked months of transferred entitlement) up to a maximum of 36 months.
Answer: All education programs previously available under the Montgomery GI Bill are approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill .
Answer: No, in simple terms, you will no longer be eligible under the MGIB or other programs, after you elect to switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33). Any contributions being made under MGIB (Chapter 30) will cease the month following the election.
NOTE: If you are eligible under the MGIB, MGIB-SR, or REAP and you elect to participate in the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you may use benefits under the MGIB, MGIB-SR, or REAP, if the type of educational assistance [flight, correspondence, APP/OJT, preparatory courses, and national tests] you wish to pursue is not available under chapter 33.
The Department of Defense (DoD) is authorized to allow individuals who, on or after August 1, 2009, have served at least 6 years in the Armed Forces and who agree to serve at least another 4 years in the Armed Forces to transfer unused entitlement to their Spouse. The Department of Defense may, by regulation, impose additional eligibility requirements and limit the number of months transferable to not less than 18 months. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Public Health System (PHS) personnel are also eligible to transfer their entitlement to eligible dependents.
NOTE: The ability to transfer benefits is limited to those currently serving in the military. See our Transferability Fact Sheet for more information.
Answer: Yes, effective as of June 30, 2008, the 14-year period of eligibility for members of the Selected Reserve has been rescinded. If you are a member of the Selected Reserve with remaining entitlement under MGIB-SR (chapter 1606), you will remain eligible until the date you separate from the Selected Reserve.
If you had remaining MGIB-SR entitlement and reached a delimiting date, you may receive benefits for training pursued on or after June 30, 2008. However you may not receive benefits for training pursued between their original delimiting date and June 30, 2008 - in other words no retroactive payments will be made.
Answer: Institutions of Higher Learning may elect to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. These institutions voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA and choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA matches that amount and issues payments directly to the institution.
Only Veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate, or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty Servicemembers and their spouses are not eligible for this program. Child transferees of active duty Servicemembers may be eligible if the Servicemember is qualified at the 100 percent rate.
To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program:
You may be eligible if you fit the following circumstances:
Answer: You can apply online using the VA's VONAPP program.
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