One of the features of the Post-9/11 GI Bill is that the Department of Veterans Affairs will pay your tuition and fees directly to your 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's 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 Sep. 10, 2001. See our Post-9/11 Overview page for details.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Payments for Colleges and Universities
If you are attending a public college or university, the GI Bill will pay your full tuition and fees.
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 annual tuition reimbursement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill for private or foreign colleges and universities is $27,120.05 for the 2023-2024 academic year.
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 one of the following criteria:
- Served at least 36 months of active duty after Sep. 10, 2001;
- Been honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and have served a minimum of 30 continuous days after Sep. 10, 2001;
- Be a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Payments for Non-college Degree Granting Institutions
If you are attending a non-college degree school such as a technical school, the Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees not to exceed $27,120.05 for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Payments for Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training
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.
|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
Post-9/11 GI Bill Payments for Vocational Flight Schools
If you are attending a vocational flight school, the GI Bill will pay the actual net costs not to exceed $15,497.15 per academic year for the 2023-2024 academic year.
The cap applies to all classes and/or enrollments that begin during that academic year, regardless of when they are completed.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Payments for National Testing Programs/Licensing and Certification Tests
You can be reimbursed up to $2,000 per test for licensing and certification tests. There is no maximum amount for national testing programs. Your entitlement will be charged one month for every $2,262.59 paid to you in the 2023-2024 academic year.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Payments for Correspondence Schools
If you are enrolled in correspondence training, the Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay the actual net costs not to exceed $13,172.57 for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Monthly Housing Allowance
Your monthly housing allowance (MHA) is based on the military's Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. Your MHA is based on the ZIP code for your school or campus where you are taking the majority of your classes. MHA rate increases based on BAH increases are effective Aug. 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
|2023-2024 MHA Rate
|Schools in US Territories
|E-5 with dependents Overseas Housing Allowance rate for school location
|Exclusively Online Training (No Classroom Instruction)
|Attending classes at ½ time or less
|Active Duty Trainee (or transferee spouse of servicemember)
For most training, you will also receive a yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment. See our Post-9/11 GI Bill Overview page for more details.
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