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Am I Even Eligible for the New GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello, I have a question about the New 9/11 GI Bill. I served honorably after 9/11, and after my service I went to college and used the GI Bill. But that was the old GI bill and not the new 9/11 GI Bill. My question is even though I already used my GI Bill would I be eligible to have the new Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits prorated or have access to the %100 tuition assistance to help payback my student loans. Thank you!

A:  Under the Rule of 48, if you qualify for two or more GI Bills, the maximum combined months of benefit you can have is 48. So if you already used up 36 of those months under the old Montgomery GI Bill, then you could get an additional 12 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.

The next question is “What tier will you be at?” Under the New GI Bill, the tier or percentage the VA will pay, is driven by how long you serve after September 10, 2001. The minimum period of 90-days, gets you to the lowest tier of 40%. Three years put you at the highest tier of 100%. Service between these time-frames puts you at a corresponding tier.

How the Post 9/11 GI Bill works is the VA pays your school directly for your tuition and fees up to your percentage of the in-state maximum. You would have to pay the difference between what the VA pays and what the school charges. If you are not taking all online classes and are classified as a greater-than-half-time student, then you would get your percentage of the housing allowance and book stipend.

To switch GI Bills, go to the VONAPP website and submit VA Form 22-1990.

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