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The Post 9/11 GI Bill

In 2008, the GI Bill was updated for the 2nd time since its inception. Led by Senators Jim Webb (D-VA), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), John Warner (R-VA) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and passed by a bipartisan Congress, the Post 9/11 GI Bill was signed into law in 2008.

The new law gives veterans with active duty service on, or after, Sept. 11 2001, enhanced educational benefits that cover more educational expenses, provide a living allowance, money for books and the ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 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 GI Bill.

Benefits for active duty service are based on cumulative active duty service, not the single longest deployment. National Guardsmen and reservists with three years of active duty service post-9/11 now qualify for full benefits under Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational/technical training, on-the-job training, flight training, correspondence training, licensing and national testing programs, entrepreneurship training, and tutorial assistance. All training programs must be approved for GI Bill benefits.

This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

Post 9/11 benefits

Benefits of the Post 9/11 GI Bill include:

1. 1. Full tuition & fees directly to the school for all public school in-state students. For those attending private or foreign schools tuition & fees are capped at the national maximum rate. If you are attending a private university in AZ, MI, NH, NY, PA, SC or TX you may be eligible for a higher tuition reimbursement rate
2. 2. An annual books & supplies stipend ($1,000)
3. 3. A one-time rural benefit

Benefits are pro-rated based on your active duty time as follows (includes tuition, books, living allowance):

1. 36 Cumulative Months 100%
2. 24 Cumulative Months 80%
3. 12 Cumulative Months 60%
4. 6 Cumulative Months 50%
5. 90 Cumulative Days 40%
6. Service-Connected Discharge 100%

Housing Allowance Monthly

Qualifying veterans will be paid an MHA based on the military's Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate for an E-5 with dependents. The living allowance depends on where you live; for example it's $3,258/month in Manhattan (NYC), in addition to your monthly salary and benefits.

The Yellow Ribbon Program

Private schools and graduate programs costing more than the state cap may qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program. A Yellow Ribbon school must offer a veterans-only scholarship and then the VA will match that scholarship up to the full cost of tuition and fees.

Transfer of Benefits

A unique feature of the Post 9/11 GI Bill is that currently serving troops have the opportunity to transfer education benefits to a spouse or a child. To qualify for transferability a veteran must:

1. 1. Qualify for the education benefits themselves.
2. 2. Have served at least 6 years Active Duty, National Guard or Select Reserves.
3. 3. Agree to commit to 4 more years of service.
4. 4. Have a spouse or dependent(s) enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) in order to receive the transfer benefits.

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