The Post-9/11 GI Bill (PDF) is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 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. When determining you eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, consider these factors (PDF).
Note: If you convert from an existing benefits chapter, your benefits will convert with the number of remaining months under your previous chapter.
- Tuition and fees 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 based on the Basic Allowing for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school
- An annual books and supplies stipend of $1000 paid proportionately based on enrollment (MAX of 24 credit hours per year)
- One-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals
This benefits payable only for training at an institution of higher learning. If you are enrolled exclusively in online training, or still in the military, you will not receive the housing allowance or books & supplies stipend. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.
Current Full Benefits Payment Rates (as of Aug. 1, 2009):
- Maximum amount per credit hour (CO): $497.00 (No cap on number of credits taken)
- Maximum amount for fees: $45,387.50
- Housing allowance: $1635.00 per month (First and last month of each semester is
- Books/supplies stipend: $1,000.00 ($41.67 per credit hour with max of 24 credit hours)