The following are the most frequently asked questions concerning the changes to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The answers given, have been derived from interviews and VA documentation. However, many questions remain.
Answer: Most of the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)changes went effect on August 1, 2011, however some also kicked into effect on October 1, 2011. Read the full article outlining the changes.
Be sure to contact the VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1 to learn about your personal benefits situation.
Answer: No and Yes. Most of the changes to the Post 9/11 GI Bill are not retroactive. However, the change in eligibility for Guardsman activated for title 32 orders is retroactive to August 1, 2009. (Goes into effect on October 1, 2011)
Answer: Yes, the amount of tuition and stipends paid under the Post 9/11 GI Bill will vary depending on your zip code, your "rate of pursuit" (how many credits you are taking), and your number of months 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:
In addition to your time in service, your "rate of pursuit" (how many credits you are taking) will also affect your benefits. This amount is rounded to the nearest tenth. The following offer examples of how both of these affect your final benefit rates:
EXAMPLE 1: Individuals 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 Tech University (PTU) in Texas are charged $5,000 for 3/4-time education each quarter. The monthly housing allowance for the zip code that PBU resides in is $1000.
Individuals who served at least 36 months on active duty (eligible for 100% of benefit) and who attend PTU 3/4-time would receive:
Individuals who served at least 24 months on active duty (eligible for 80% of benefit) and who attend PTU 3/4-time would receive:
Answer: The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers several education assistance benefits. The three major benefits include up to 100% paid tuition no matter what education level you are seeking, a monthly housing stipend, and a stipend of up to $1,000 a year for books and supplies. 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.
Additional benefits are listed below.
Tuition and Fees - Payments are made to the school (of your choice) for all established charges. Tuition and fee payments are uncapped for public colleges and universities (at the in-state resident rates). Students attending private colleges and universities have a $17,500 annual tuition and fee payment cap.The amount of established charges payable for the entire quarter, semester, or term is sent directly to the school as a lump sum payment.
Housing Stipend - The monthly housing stipend is 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. Active duty members and individuals training at 1/2 time or less, are not eligible for a housing stipend. The housing stipend is subject prorating based on the number of credits being taken and number of months served on active duty.
The housing stipend is payable to students enrolled solely in distance learning [This Includes Online Education], the housing allowance is half the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents (the 2011 rate is $684 ).
NEW for August 2012: Students residing in any of the US Terrritories now get the overseas housing allowance rate for their location - this includes Guam, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, etc).
Book Stipend - 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. This stipend is now available to Active Duty and their eligible dependents.
NOTE: The amount of the monthly housing and book stipends will be paid based on the percentage of maximum benefit payable and rate of pursuit.
Expanded Program Coverage - As of October 1, 2011 the Post-9/11 GI Bill covers more than just college degree programs.
Answer: Yes, there is a limitation on Educational Assistance based on your "rate of pursuit." The housing stipend is reduced according to the number of classes you are taking. In addition, 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.
Answer: Yes. The housing allowance is payable to students enrolled solely in distance learning [This Includes Online Education], the housing allowance is half the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents (the rate is $673.50 for 2011). This is also subject to prorating based on the number of credits being taken.
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.
Answer: Yes, 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 now counts toward benefit eligibility.
Answer: National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Public Health System (PHS) personnel are now eligible to transfer their entitlement to eligible dependents.
Answer: The following timeline is provided by the VA.
Effective August 1, 2009, but not payable until October 1, 2011
Effective March 5, 2011
Effective August 1, 2011
Effective October 1, 2011
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