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Can I Get My Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Tuition Deposited into My Account?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I heard that my GI Bill tuition goes straight to the university I’m attending. Is there anyway I can change that to go directly to my account?

A: If you have the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, then yes, the VA sends your tuition and fees (up to the in-state, public school undergraduate maximum) directly to your school. The answer to your question – no you can’t change to have those funds deposited into your own account.

You will likely get paid, however, a monthly housing allowance and a book stipend. Your housing allowance is paid at the E-5-with-dependents rate for the zip code of your school.  Just make sure your are more than a half-time student and not taking only online classes and not on active duty. Otherwise these three things will exclude you from getting the housing allowance.

The book stipend you will get in a lump sum with your the last housing allowance for the term. Your book stipend is capped at $1,000, so it will only cover 24 credits per academic year.

If you are referring to the Montgomery G.I. Bill, then no, the VA does not pay your school directly and you are responsible to pay those costs from your monthly benefit payment.

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