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Now That My Post 9/11 GI Bill Has Expired, Can I Extend It and Use It Again?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have been using my Post 9/11 GI Bill and now it has expired and monies were still left on it. Is there any way to extend it so I can use it again?

A: You’re confusing me! I’m not exactly sure what you are talking about when you said “now it has expired and monies were still left on it.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is based on months/days of coverage and not a total amount of money. The amount the VA pays in tuition and that students receive in book stipend and housing allowance can vary quite a bit from student to student over the course of 36 months.

Tuition per credit, the zip code of your school and the number of credits you take are all variables that determine how much the VA pays you and your school. Change schools or the number of credits you are taking and your monthly housing stipend could change.

In your question, you said your Post 9/11 GI Bill had expired. If you are talking about the 15-year delimitation date, that is impossible as it has not been 15 years since the first date of eligibility, September 10, 2001.

Or you might have meant that you had used up your 36 months of eligibility. In that case, that is all the benefit you had. The only way you could have extended that eligibility out to the maximum of 48 months is if you would have first used up your 36 months of Montgomery GI Bill eligibility and then switched to the Post 9/11 GI Bill to get an additional 12 months bringing your total up to 48 months.

However, if you switched to the New GI Bill with MGIB coverage left, then you only received the same number of Post 9/11 GI Bill months as you had left under the MGIB and not the additional 12 months.

So to answer your question, no you can’t extend it and use it again, because there is nothing left to extend or to use.

Comments  (2)

Can you answer this question for me? Is there a way to extend my post 9/11 gi bill expiration date? Mine expires in 2019 and I still have 30 months remaining. I have extreme anxiety disorder and it’s very hard for me to be in public places without shaking to bits. In other words, it takes a year or 2 years just to do 1 semsester. If there are couple of months remaining by 2019, is there anyway to extend it? Thank you in advance!

posted by Navyboy81
9:23 pm on September 16, 2013

Most likely not, but instead of attending classes on campus, why don’t you take all online classes. That way you would not have to experience the anxiety. Just know that by doing so, your housing allowance will be about half of what it would be if you attended classes on campus.

However, if you attend just one class per semester (that applies to your degree plan) on campus, you could still get the full amount. That way you could minimize your exposure to public places and yet get the full housing allowance authorized to you.

posted by Ron Kness
10:54 am on October 14, 2013
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