The Department of Veteran Affairs is now accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which went into effect August 1, 2009. This new GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Individuals must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible.
The program benefits may include:
- Tuition and fees paid directly to the school, not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition and fees at a public institution of higher learning;
- A monthly housing allowance;
- An annual books and supplies stipend of $1,000, paid proportionately based on enrollment, and;
- Other benefits such as college fund ("kicker") payments, a rural benefit payment, and/or a Yellow Ribbon benefit.
To be 100% eligible for the benefit, you 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. (Active duty service time required by graduates of a Service Academy or ROTC does not count toward the 36 months needed for full time benefits).
Read more about the overview of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
For more detailed information, visit the Veteran's Administration GI Bill Web site.
PLEASE NOTE: Once this switch is made it is an irrevocable change. Please research this benefit change carefully, especially if you have 12 or fewer months of educational benefits remaining on your current benefit plan. It is VERY important to determine whether or not you will benefit from switching to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. To compare other GI educational benefit programs (such as the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty) with the Post 9/11 GI Bill, visit the benefit comparision page.
The VA has also posted a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's).
Questions? Please contact Robert Melaragni, Vice President of Enrollment Managment, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 617-670-4401.