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As a Divorced Spouse, What Benefits Can I Expect from Using the Post 9/11 GI Bill?


Q: My husband transferred all 3 yrs. of his Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to me before our divorce. He is currently deployed & will be returning in May, and I will be returning to school this fall. Am I entitled to the BAH I received before he went to Iraq, or is that for dependents only? What benefits other than tuition can I still receive as a divorced spouse?

A: You won’t get the BAH you were receiving before the divorce anymore due to you the fact that you are no longer listed as one of his dependents. However, you would get the Post 9/11 GI Bill monthly housing allowance (which is different from actual BAH, although you see people referring to the Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance as BAH, which it is not).

The New GI Bill housing allowance is calculated based on the zip code of your school and the number of credits you take. Depending on where your school is located, you could get less than the average of $1,200 per month if you go to school in the Midwest to more than double the average if you go to school on either the East or West Coast.

If you decide to go to a public school, the VA will pay your tuition and fees directly to your school. If you decide to go to a private school, then they would pay up to $17,500 per year in tuition and fees. Regardless of whether you go public or private, you still would also get the book stipend once each semester calculated at $41.67 per credit (up to the $1,000 per year limit).


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