Post-9/11 GI Bill Overview

What Is the Post-9/11 GI Bill?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, which became law in 2008, offers extensive benefits for veterans and service members who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. If you are a veteran who has served three years on active duty since September 11, 2001, you can receive a significant amount of aid to help you pay for your college expenses.

Here's a list of the program's benefits:

  • Eligible veterans and service members receive as much as 100% funding for tuition and fees at a qualified college. Learn more here.
  • A housing allowance is paid at the "E-5 with dependents" rate. This is not payable for active-duty service members, service members training at half-time or less, or service members enrolled entirely in distance programs. Learn more here.
  • There's a book stipend of $1,000 a year.
  • Some service members may also qualify for a "rural benefit allowance," which is a one-time, $500 payment.

Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are available for 15 years after your discharge or separation. Each student has 36 months of benefits available.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Eligibility

To be eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, you must have received an honorable discharge and either:

  • Completed at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or
  • Discharged with a service-connected disability at least 30 days after September 10, 2001.

If you meet these requirements and would like to apply for these benefits, start by completing VA Form 22-1990.

Learn more about other aspects of the Post-9/11 GI Bill:

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