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Being I Have the Student Loan Repayment Program, Can I Get the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have the Student Loan Repayment Program, my question can I still get the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

A: It all depends on how long you enlisted for in the first place. If your enlistment was for three years, then no you would not get the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

When you opted for the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), you incurred a three-year obligation which would take you to the end of your enlistment. And according to the rules, you can’t use the same period of time for both SLRP and Post 9/11 GI Bill (or for any GI Bill for that matter).

However, if your enlistment was for six years, then yes you can get full Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility for those last three years because your first three years “paid back” your SLRP obligation.

Because this is your first GI Bill, you have 36 months of benefits that you can use to finish your four-year degree (if you haven’t yet), or to work on an advanced degree (or both).

To use your Post 9/11 GI Bill, you have to go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990. In return, you would get a Certificate of Eligibility that you would need when enrolling in school.

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