Post-9/11 GI Bill Details

Paying for college. Getty Images
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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 your creditable active-duty service since Sept. 10, 2001. See the Tables below.

Tuition and Fees - VA pays your tuition & fees 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.

For a listing of the maximum tuition & fees click here

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 you 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 your home ZIP code. To determine the BAH click here.

For more information about the housing stipend see here.

*Servicemembers currently on active duty or their spouses using transferred benefits are not eligible for the Housing Allowance.

Book and Supply Stipend - VA will pay you 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 at $41 per credit hour.

One-Time Relocation Allowance - you can also receive a one-time rural benefit payment of $500.00. To qualify you 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.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefit Tiers

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:

Post-9/11 Service

Percentage of Maximum Amount Payable

At least 36 months


At least 30 continuous days on active duty and must be discharged due to service-connected disability or received a Purple Heart


At least 30 months, but less than 36 months


At least 24 months, but less than 30 month


At least 18 months, but less than 24 months


At least 6 months, but less than 18 months


At least 90 days, but less than 6 months


For more information see the GI Bill website.

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