The Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. You should complete and submit the application online and will receive a letter explaining the VA’s decision regarding your eligibility for the program.
The application requires that individuals currently eligible for benefits under the Montgomery G.I. BILL – Active Duty (MGIB-AD), Montgomery G.I. Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR), or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) make an irrevocable election from their existing program to the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.
Please visit www.va.gov to complete the Veteran's Online Application.
The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. This program will pay eligible individuals:
- Tuition & fees directly to the school not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition & fees at a public Institution of Higher Learning.
- A monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. To determine the BAH for your school's ZIP code click here (link goes to a non-VA website).
- An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment eligibility.
If you are enrolled exclusively online you will receive 50% of the National BAH rate. If you are on active duty you will not receive the housing allowance or books & supplies stipend.
Comparison between the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other benefits
Letter to veterans explaining the Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefit
Post-9/11 Information Pamphlet
Link to 38 CFR Part 21 - Post 9/11 GI Bill (Final Regulation)
Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Frequently Asked Questions
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