The maximum Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition payment at private and foreign schools will increase to $21,970.46 on August 1, 2016. The current maximum academic year cap for private and foreign schools is $21,084.89. An academic year is defined by the VA as August 1 – July 31.
The Monthly Housing Allowance is also changing on August 1 based on the 2016 military BAH rates. If the BAH increased for your area, you will see an increase in your September payment for classes taken in August. If the BAH decreased for your area, your Monthly Housing Allowance will not decrease unless you change schools or have more than a six-month break in training. See our Monthly Housing Allowance page for details.
For public schools, the Post-9/11 GI Bill can cover up to 100% of the in-state tuition and fee charges.
Students attending a private or foreign school who have tuition and fees higher than the academic year cap must make up any tuition reimbursement shortfall through personal funds or financial aid. Schools in the US can choose to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program which can waive a portion of the difference in the tuition GI Bill recipients are charged and the amount covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Prospective students should verify a school's participation in the Yellow Ribbon program prior to enrolling.
The amount of tuition & fees covered by the GI Bill is determined by a Veteran's Post-9/11-GI Bill entitlement percentage which is based on the amount of active duty service after September 10, 2001. For example, if a Veteran has served 24 months active duty after September 10, 2001 their GI Bill percentage is 80%. A Veteran attending a public school as an in-state resident with tuition of $10,000 a semester would have 80% of their tuition and fees or $8,000 paid by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Veterans who have served more than 36 months active duty receive 100% of the entitlement percentage. Active duty time for the Post-9/11 GI Bill can also include Title 10 mobilizations for reservists & guard members.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill also pays a $1,000 annual books and supplies stipend.