Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill may cover 100% of tuition for up to 36 months as well as provide a housing stipend. This benefit may be transferred to eligible spouses or dependents if the service member is still on active duty.

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  • Eligibility

    Students may be eligible if the service member served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001 and were:

    • Active duty

    • Honorably discharged from the active duty

    • Retired from active duty or placed on the temporary disability retired list

    • Honorably released from active duty and transferred to the Reserves

    • Title 10 active duty supporting named contingency operations

    • Title 32 service for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing or training the National Guard

    • Title 32 service under section 502(f) for the purpose of responding to a national emergency

    • Honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.

      For more information visit the VA Education Website.

  • Length of Eligibility

    Eligibility for the Post 9/11 is 15 years from the last period of active duty of at least 90 consecutive days. If the service member was released for a service-connected disability after at least 30 days of continuous service, eligibility may be up to 15 years as well.

  • Transferring to Dependents

    The Post 9/11 GI Bill including the Yellow Ribbon Program may be transferred to dependents if the service member is still on active duty and 100% eligible. The service member may have to serve additional years of service to meet the requirements. This process can begin at eBenefits.

  • Housing Stipend (BAH)

    The monthly housing allowance (BAH) is equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents in the same zip code as your school (80639). BAH will only pay for the dates of the term enrolled. For example: if the fall term begins on August 26th, you should be paid for 5 days of housing for the month of August. BAH is paid directly to students.

    BAH is also calculated by how many credits the student is enrolled in. If enrolled in 12+ undergrad credits (9+ credits for graduate studies), the student may receive 100% of BAH. Any less is pro rated and rounded. Example: Enrolled in 9 credits for undergrad is 75%, which means that the student may receive 80% of the BAH rate. Students enrolled below half time are not eligible for BAH and graduate school rates do not recognize 3/4 time.

 

What is Covered?

The amount of the Post 9/11 GI Bill is based on the length of active duty service. Individuals serving an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, may have a maximum benefit of 100%. Explore below to see what percentage of educational costs are covered.

After September, 10, 2001, the service member served:

  • 36+ months

    100% of tuition and mandatory fees should be covered. Should also be eligible for full BAH and book stipend.

  • 30-35 months

    90% of tuition, books stipend, BAH, and mandatory fees should be recieved.

  • 24-29 months

    80% of tuition, books stipend, BAH and mandatory fees should be received.

  • 18-23 months

    70% of tuition, books stipend, BAH, and mandatory fees should be received .

  • 12-17 months

    60% of tuition, book stipend, BAH, and mandatory fees should be received.

  • 6-11 months

     50% tuition, books stipend, BAH, and mandatory fees should be received.

  • 90 day - 5 months

     40% of tuition, books stipend, BAH, and mandatory fees should be received.

     

Books and Supplies

The Post 9/11 book stipend is $1,000 per year as a full time student. That is reduced if the student is not registered as full time.

Tuition and Fees

Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for tuition and mandatory fees are sent directly to the school. Housing allowance and book stipends are sent directly to the students. 

Spouses and Active Duty students utilizing Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits will not receive the housing allowance, book stipend, or kickers while the service member is still on active duty.

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