Who is eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 Gl Bill?
Individuals who serve at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001 are eligible.
To be eligible for 100% of the benefit, an individual must have served an aggregate of 36 months of active duty
service, or have been discharged for a service-connected disability after 30 days of continuous service. NOTE:
Active-duty service time required by graduates of a Service Academy or ROTC does not count toward the three years
necessary to qualify for full benefits.
For those who served fewer than 36 months, the percentage of benefit ranges from 40% to 90%:
- 90% - 30 total months - 70% -18 total months - 50% - 6 total months
-80% - 24 total months - 60% - 12 total months - 40% - 90 or more days.
For example, an individual with five months of qualifying service could receive 40% of the tuition benefit, 40% of the monthly
housing allowance, and a maximum of $400 books and supplies stipend. Veterans must have an honorable discharge or
other qualifying discharge (e.g. hardship, condition interfering with duty, etc.) to be eligible.
What benefits do students receive under the Post-9/11 Gl Bill?
Depending on each individual's situation, benefits could include payment of tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance,
a stipend for books and supplies, and a Yellow Ribbon benefit. Post-9/11 Gl Bill benefits differ from other education
assistance programs in that each type of payment is issued separately, with some payments made directly to the school and
others issued to the individual.
Tuition and Fees: These payments are issued to the school on behalf of the individual at the time the certificate of
enrollment is processed
- Not on Title 10 active duty: For individuals not on active duty, the amount is prorated according to length of
service. The amount paid is limited to the highest amount of tuition and fees charged for full-time, undergraduate training at
a public institution of higher learning in the state where the student is enrolled. (A chart of maximum
in-state tuition and fees for 2008-2009 is on the VA Gl Bill website at
- On Title 10 active duty: Individuals on Title 10 active duty may receive the total amount
of tuition and fees. The amount is not limited to the state maximum.
Monthly living stipend: Based on BAH for an E-5 with dependents in school's zip code. This payment is issued directly
to the student at the beginning of each month for education and training pursued the previous month. The amount is
prorated based on length of service. Check http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/perdiem/bah.html for rates. NOTE: Title 10
Active duty personnel are not eligible for the Post-9/11 Gl Bill monthly housing allowance. Students enrolled at half-time or
less and/or taking 100% of their courses at a distance (online, etc.) are also not eligible for the housing allowance.
Books and supplies stipend: Up to $1000/year payment issued directly to the student when the school certifies and VA
processes the enrollment. This benefit is paid proportionately at $41.67 per credit and is prorated based on length of
service. NOTE: Title 10 Active duty personnel are not eligible for the Post-9/11 Gl Bill books and supplies stipend.
Yellow Ribbon payments:
The Yellow Ribbon Program allows degree-granting institutions to enter into a voluntary agreement with VA to fund tuition
expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate for individuals eligible for the 100% payment
tier. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. This
payment is issued to the school when the school certifies and VA processes the student's enrollment. (For details
What kind of education and training does the Post-9/11 Gl Bill cover?
Approved training under the Post-9/11 Gl Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees. All training programs must be
offered by a degree-granting institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for Gl Bill benefits. Additionally, tutorial
assistance and reimbursement for one licensing or certification test are available under the Post- 9/11 Gl Bill.
NOTE: If an individual is eligible for the Post 9/11 Gl Bill as well as other Gl Bill benefits, s/he will be required to make an
irrevocable choice of which benefit to receive. Individuals who were previously eligible for the Montgomery Gl Bill-Active
Duty (MGIB-AD, Chapter 30), Montgomery Gl Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR, Chapter 1606), or the Reserve Educational
Assistance Program (REAP, Chapter 1607) may continue to receive benefits for approved programs not offered by
degree-granting institutions. These programs include flight, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training,
preparatory courses, and national tests. Individuals in these programs will be paid as if they are still receiving benefits under
Chapters 30, 1606, and 1607.
When will benefits be paid?
The Post-9/11 Gl Bill is effective for training on or after August 1, 2009.
What is the eligibility period?
The period of eligibility for the Post 9/11 Gl Bill ends 15 years from the date of the last discharge or release from active duty of
at least: 90 consecutive days 30 days but less than 90 days if released for a service-connected disability Or 15 years from the
date of discharge for the last period of service used to meet the minimum service requirements of 90 aggregate days of