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Can I Use My GI Bill to Attend the University of Edinburgh?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I’m actually not out of the military yet, but I was wondering if I could use my GI Bill for a foreign school (University of Edinburgh-specifically) I read on here I could, but I remember my recruiter telling me that I could only use it for a semester abroad program-or something of the like- and not for a full four year university. Can I use it to get an undergraduate degree there?

A: Yes you can use your GI Bill to attend a foreign school and get an undergraduate degree as long as the school is VA-approved. If you have the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the pay structure is different than if you were attending a school here in the U.S. If you are using the Montgomery GI Bill, then the pay structure is the same as it is for full-time student attending school here in the U.S. – $1,421 per month.

For foreign students, the housing allowance is fixed at $1,311 regardless of which foreign school you attend. The per-credit tuition amount is also fixed at $439.69 per credit. The fees maximum, up to $13,713.88 per term, is also the same at all foreign schools. Keep in mind that if your school charges less, in tuition or fees, you do not get the difference as the VA pays only actual charges. Those are just the maximum amounts they will pay.

You should check with the VA though before registering as I do not see the University of Edinburgh listed as a VA-approved school, which I found odd as most of the other Universities were listed.

As far as what your Recruiter told you, he either didn’t know or he was talking about another education program.

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