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