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.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay eligible individuals:
- Your full tuition and fees directly to the school for all public school in-state students. For those attending private or foreign schools tuition and fees are capped at $17,500 per academic year for the 2011 academic year and $18,077.50 for the 2012 academic year.
- For those attending a more expensive private school or a public school as a non-resident out-of-state student, a program exists which may help to reimburse the difference , called the “Yellow Ribbon Program”.
- For those attending classes at the greater than 1/2 time rate , a monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. For those enrolled solely in distance learning the housing allowance payable is equal to 1/2 the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents (684.00 for the 2012 academic year). The academic year begins on August 1. (Active Duty students and their spouses cannot receive the MHA.)
- An annual books and supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals.
The benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits , generally payable for 15 years following release from active duty.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill benefits to their dependents.
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
Amended the Post-9/11 GI Bill to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10 , 2001. Eligible children are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level , have 15 years to use the benefit beginning on his or her 18th birthday and may be married and over 23 and still be eligible.
Eligible children are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level; have 15 years to use the benefit beginning on his or her 18th birthday; may be married or over 23 and still be eligible; may use the benefit until his or her 33rd birthday; are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program . If the child is eligible under the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty, Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve, and/or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program, then he or she must relinquish eligibility under one of those programs to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. If a child is eligible for the Fry Scholarship, he or she may be eligible for VA’s Dependent’s Educational Assistance Program (DEA). Although the benefits cannot be used at the same time, a child may be eligible for up to 48 months of benefits between the two programs. For further information go to www.GIBill.va.gov. Apply: VA Form 22-5490, “Dependents’ Application for VA Education Benefits” is available at GIBill.va.gov from VONAPP, the online application.
For more information , visit: www.gibill.va.gov