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Will the G.I. Bill Pay Us Both for Housing If I Am a Full-time Student and Married As Well?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hi I’m planning on getting married in Feb. 2012 and my fiancé is also in the Army. My biggest question is once we are both out, will the G.I. Bill still pay for housing if I am a full time student and married as well? And if so, will it be combined or will she get housing pay from her G.I. Bill also?

A: No, she will get her housing allowance and you will get yours. With each of you having your own Post 9/11 GI Bill, it is as if you are individuals and not as a married couple. The amount each of you get as far as a housing allowance may differ as it is determined by the zip code of the school and how many credits you are taking. So if she is at a different school or at the same school but taking a different number of credits, the two housing allowances will most likely be different. One thing that will be the same is the amount per credit each of you will get paid for in a book stipend – $41.67 per credit.

Also, under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, each of your tuition and eligible fees will be paid for in full if both of you are attending public schools at the resident rate. If either of you are charged the non-resident rate, then be sure your school and program are covered by the Yellow Ribbon Program as that would help pay for the difference between the two rates.

If either (or both) of you plan on attending a private school, then your GI bill will pay up to $17,000 per year in tuition and fees. Here again, ask about the Yellow Ribbon program if your tuition will exceed that amount, because the Yellow Ribbon Program can help pay the difference.

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