What is the Post-9/11 GI Bill?

Post 9/11 GI BillWhat Are the Benefits?

Every individual who joins a branch of the United States military is entitled to benefits that assist in the acquisition of an advanced education. Resources intrinsic to higher learning are encompassed by what is known as the GI Bill. The first of these bills was passed in 1944 and has continued to evolve throughout the years to maintain its educational requirements. The most recent of the GI Bills is the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The primary foundation of this bill is centered on providing a stable environment in which a veteran may pursue a higher education.

Included in the Bill

According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans receive a monthly housing stipend based on local living costs to help provide the necessary tools to attend college. They can receive a book and supply stipend up to $1,000 for necessary supplies and textbooks. They can also receive a one-time relocation allowance of $500. There is also a chance for a benefits transfer to a veterans spouse or dependent if the requirements are met.

Eligibility

To be considered eligible for for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the veteran must be have been an active in the military after September 10, 2001, with 90 days of active duty service, still be on active duty, or be honorably discharged. If the veteran was discharged with a disability while in service, the veteran is eligible 30 days after the disability. More information on eligibility requirements can be found on the US Departments of Veterans Affairs website.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Included in the Post-9/11 GI Bill is the Yellow Ribbon Program. This program will help pay for all the tuition and fees of a public school and the maximum allowed of tuition for a private school. The school you are attending must agree to the program for you to receive the benefits. If the school is a private school or out-of-state school, you must provide the difference in price between the allowed (based on public school tuition) and what the tuition of the program will total. Prices vary from state to state, so check out the Yellow Ribbon Program on the US Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Related Resources: Tuition Assistance for Veterans and Active Military

Types of Training

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes: correspondence training; entrepreneurship training;  flight training;  independent and distant learning; undergraduate and graduate degrees from higher learning institutions;  reimbursement for licensing and certification; and non-college degree programs, such as vocational and technical training. See the Department of Veterans Affairs website for more detailed information.

Over the last 70 years, educational benefits for veterans have seen many positive modifications. They are powerful tools that enables military service members a merited opportunity to return to their country with a bright future. The Post-9/11 GI Bill represents a warm welcome home that is fitting for a veteran of the United States.