Post-9/11 GI Bill Details
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a great education benefit that can pay for your college plus give you a monthly cash payment.
Post-9/11 benefit eligibility and payment rates are based on the amount creditable active-duty service each veteran has since Sept. 10, 2001. See the Tables below.
Tuition and Fees - VA pays an eligible veteran's tuition & fees payment directly to the school. This payment is not to exceed in-state (resident) tuition at a public Institution of Higher Learning for public schools or a Congressionally mandated amount for private or foreign schools.
Post-9/11 benefit payments are based on the amount creditable active-duty service each veteran has since Sept. 10, 2001. (See Table Below)
Monthly Living Stipend - VA will pay eligible veterans* a monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. This amount is based on the ZIP code of the location of the school you are attending. Not the student's home ZIP code. To determine the BAH for your ZIP code click here.
*Servicemembers currently on active duty or their spouses using transferred benefits are not eligible for the Housing Allowance.
Note: Post-9/11 benefit payments are based on the amount creditable active-duty service each veteran has since Sept. 10, 2001. (See Table Below)
Book and Supply Stipend - VA will pay eligible recipients an annual book stipend of up to $1,000. This stipend will paid at the beginning of each term. It is paid proportionately based on the number of credits taken by each student at $41 per credit hour.
One-Time Relocation Allowance - eligible veterans may also receive a one-time rural benefit payment of $500.00. To qualify veterans must:
- Live in a county with 6 persons or less per square mile (as determined by the most recent decennial census) and:
- Either physically relocate at least 500 miles to attend an educational institution - or -
- Travel by air to physically attend an educational institution if no other land-based transportation exists.
All Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit payments are based on the amount creditable active-duty service each veteran has since Sept. 10, 2001. For active-duty, Guard and reserve personnel, who have served on active duty since Sept. 10, 2001 the following table applies:
|Time on Active Duty (Including Reserve and Guard)||
Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable
|At least 36 months||
|At least 30 continuous days on active duty and discharged due to service-connected disability||100%|
|30 months to 36 months||90%|
|24 months to 30 months||80%|
|18 months to 24 months||70%|
|12 months to 18 months||60%|
|6 months to 12 months||50%|
|90 days to 6 months||40%|