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Can You Explain the Post 9/11 GI Bill In-State Resident Tuition Rules?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello! I am stationed in Texas and I am Texas resident. But I have been accepted at Iowa State University and I am really worried and confused about the in-state tuition assistance thing. My question is am I’m eligible to get all the Post-9/11 GI-bill benefits like cost of tuition and fees if I prefer to attend school in another state? Which is out-of-my-state residence?

A: Yes, you would still get all the benefits of the Post 9/11 GI Bill at your authorized tier percentage regardless of where you go to school in the United States. The issue, if you attend an out-state school, is you most likely would have a difference between the non-resident and resident student tuition rate. Since the GI Bill 2.0 change, the VA will now only pay the resident rate at a public school and up to $17,500 per year at a private school.

However, I just looked and Iowa State University is a Yellow Ribbon school. What that means to you (if your program is included in their Yellow Ribbon Agreement) is they may waive part of the tuition left that you owe (up to 50%). Also as part of that agreement, the VA will pay an equal amount (up to 50%), so in theory that would leave nothing left for you to pay.

In reality, their stated percentage may be less than 50% and therefore the VA would pay less; you would end up owning a little money. But still, this is a great program for students attending a school out-state, going to graduate school or attending a private university. It makes the amount left for you to pay very minimal.

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