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.
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.
*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 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:
|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%|