One of the features of the Post-9/11 GI Bill is that the VA will pay your tuition and fees directly to the school. Besides paying your college costs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay you a Monthly Housing Allowance which is based on the military Basic Allowance for Housing, and up to $1,000 a year for books and supplies.
The actual amount you receive is determined by your length of active duty service after September 10, 2001. See our Post-9/11 Overview page for details.
If you are attending a public college or university as a state resident, the GI Bill will pay your full tuition and fees. If you are attending as a non-state-resident, the amount the GI Bill will pay is capped at the in-state resident tuition level (this will change January 1, 2016 - all public universities will be required to charge GI Bill students the in-state rate.)
If you are attending a private or foreign university the GI Bill will pay your tuition up to an annual maximum amount, determined by Congress. The current annual tuition reimbursement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill for private or foreign colleges & universities is $21,084.89.
If you are attending a private college or university that is more expensive than the annual cap you may be eligible for extra payment under the Yellow Ribbon program.
To qualify to receive the Yellow Ribbon benefits you must meet the following criteria:
If you are attending a non-college degree school like a technical school, the Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay the actual net costs for in-state tuition & fees not to exceed $21,084.89 during the academic year.
If you are enrolled in an apprenticeship or on-the-job training program, your GI Bill payment is based on the Monthly Housing Allowance payable for the ZIP code where your employer is located.
|Training Period||Monthly rate|
|First six months of training||100% of your applicable MHA|
|Second six months of training||80% of your applicable MHA|
|Third six months of training||60% of your applicable MHA|
|Fourth six months of training||40% of your applicable MHA|
|Remaining pursuit of training||20% of your applicable MHA|
If you are attending a vocational flight school, the GI Bill will pay the actual net costs not to exceed $12,048.50 per academic year.
The cap applies to all classes and/or enrollments that begin during that academic year, regardless of the academic year in which the classes or enrollments are completed.
You can be reimbursed up to $2,000 per test. Your entitlement will be charged one month for every $1,759.08 paid to you rounded to the "nearest non-zero whole month"; this means even low-cost tests are charged one month of entitlement per test.
If you are enrolled in correspondence training, the Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay the actual net costs not to exceed $10,241.22 per academic year.
Your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is generally the same as the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. Your MHA is based on the ZIP code for your school. MHA rate increases based on BAH increases are effective August 1 (the beginning date of the academic year).
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|
For most training you will also receive a yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000.00 paid proportionately based on enrollment. See our Post-9/11 GI Bill Overview page for more details.