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Does My Employer Civilian Tuition Assistance Affect My GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Does my employer civilian tuition assistance affect my GI Bill? Are they separate?

A: It depends on which GI Bill you are using. The Montgomery GI Bill pays the student directly at the rate of $1,648 per month as a full-time student. Even if your employer pays your tuition, you still get this money to spend as you wish.

However, if you are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the VA is the last payer as far as tuition and they would pay only after all other forms of financial aid have paid their fair share. So if this is the GI Bill you are using, then having civilian tuition assistance would affect how much your GI Bill pays, but not entitlement use. You would still use the same amount of entitlement regardless of what the VA pays.

But with the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you would also get a monthly housing allowance based on the zip code of your school, the number of credits you are taking and your percentage tier.

Once each semester, you would also get a book stipend. If you are in a degree-producing program, that amount is $41.67 per credit. For non-degree programs the amount is $83 per month. Each is also subject to your tier percentage if you are at less than 100%.

Note there is a $1,000 per year cap on the book stipend, but you can usually get it for at least a couple of semesters per year, if you are going to school full-time. Part-time and you can probably get it for the whole year.

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