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Can I Use My GI Bill and Get the Resident Tuition Rate at the University of Georgia?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I’m currently an active duty Marine out of Hawaii. I recently just returned from my first deployment to Afghanistan and I’m in the process of my next work up for the next deployment. So lately me and my roommate having been thinking about our futures and decided we wanted to attend the University of Georgia, and we were curious of what our GI Bill can do for us there? Can we somehow get in-state tuition? I’m from Illinois and he is from Washington. Any help you could offer would be very appreciated, thank you.

A: I just went onto the University of Georgia’s website and they show an out-of-state tuition rate of $28,052 and a resident rate of $9,842. If you use the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the VA would pay up to the resident rate and you would have to pay the remaining $18,212.

I also checked and the University of Georgia is not a Yellow Ribbon school. Why that is important? If they were, a portion of your unpaid tuition would be paid by your school and the VA would pay an equal amount which would lower what you have left to pay if anything.

I just looked at the Yellow Ribbon school listing for Georgia and there are many schools listed in the Atlanta, Decatur, and Savannah area that do have generous Yellow Ribbon programs. So unless the U of Georgia teaches something really special that you can’t get somewhere else, I think I would find a Yellow Ribbon school in the state.

By using your Post 9/11 GI Bill and getting your tuition paid for, you would also get a housing allowance and book stipend. The housing allowance for that area runs about $1008 per month. Plus you would get a book stipend of $41.67 per credit each semester until you hit your cap of $1,000 per academic year.

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