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Can I Use Tuition Assistance and Not the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: If I am currently enrolled under the Post 9/11 GI Bill and attending school full time during the year and using benefits. Can I use only the Tuition Assistance (Not GI Bill as well) to pay for a summer course? Or If I want to take a course through another school while enrolled in another and using GI Bill benefits, can I use the TA through GoArmyEd to pay for the secondary schools course? Thanks, Joel.

A: O.K. Joel, you are talking two different things here so I will address each one separately. If you are authorized to use Tuition Assistance (TA), meaning you are on active duty or in the Selected Reserves, yes you can use just TA to pay for a summer course.

However, keep in mind that TA usually only pays up to $250 per credit so anything over that amount would have to be paid by you. Also, if you already reached your $4,500 per year limit, you would have to pay the whole amount for your summer course out of pocket.

As far as using TA to pay for a course at one school while using your Post 9/11 GI Bill to pay for courses at a different school, I see no reason why you could not do it, but remember you have to get all the credits to whichever school would be issuing your degree.

It is a good idea to see if your primary school accepts credits from the other school you want to attend. If not, then you might be better off not taking the courses unless you do not intend to pick up those credits.

If you were using the Montgomery GI Bill, then I would suggest using the Tuition Top-Up Program, as it is a great way to maximize your GI Bill benefits, but when using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, it isn’t such a good deal.

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