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Will GI Bill 2.0 Benefits Be Backdated?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Under the new proposed Post 9/11 GI Bill, will benefits be back dated?

A: The only one I know of that will be back dated is the Title 32 time that will now count for Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility. For National Guardsmen, they can start using their Title 32 time for New GI Bill eligibility as soon as October 2011 and they can go back as far as August 1, 2009 on their Title 32 orders and pick up that time.

This is the latest as far as GI Bill 2.0 changes effective August 1st:

  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay 100% of the tuition and eligible fees at public schools; this includes both undergrad and grad training. Eliminated was the in-state maximums.
  • For students attending private or foreign schools, tuition and fees reimbursement is up to $17,500 annually. And you can still use the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  • Multiple licensing and certification test reimbursement is covered. That is a change from covering just one test.
  • National exams fees are now covered, such as SAT, LSAT, ACT, GMAT, etc.
  • VocRehab participants can choose higher Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance if otherwise eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • Break or interval pay is no longer payable under any VA education benefit program.
  • NOAA and PHS personnel are now eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer-of -benefits-to-dependents option.

Changes effective on October 1st:

  • Housing allowance is prorated directly to the number of credits you are taking.
  • Distance learning students can get $673.50 per month in housing allowance.
  • Non-college degree programs, OJT/apprenticeships, and flight training programs are covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • Active duty members can get the book stipend.
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