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At the Post 9/11 GI Bill 70% Level, How Much Can I Get Paid?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I’ve been entitled to receive 70% of benefits payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill program and it states that I have 36 months of full-time benefits remaining. If I’m considered either full-time, 3/4 time, or half time student, then how much would be paid to me monthly.

A: The way the Post 9/11 GI Bill is set-up, I can’t give you an exact figure for each of your student statuses, however, I can explain how the pay structure works for this GI Bill.

Let’s start with the housing allowance. If your school considers 12 credits per term as a full-time, then you have to take enough credits to get to a greater-than-half-time status (51%) to qualify for the housing allowance, or in this case 7 credits. So from 7 to 12 credits, you would get paid the same amount in housing allowance. If you take 6 credits or less, (or take all online classes) you do not get the housing allowance. It is based on the zip code of your school and averages about $1,000 per month – you would be at the 70% level of this amount. If your school is on either the East or West Coast, the amount is about double with the Midwest being less.

The book stipend is straight forward in that you would get 70% of $41.67 per credit up to a maximum of $700 per year. For tuition, the VA would pay up to 70% of the maximum in-state tuition and eligible fees directly to your school. Being each state and territory has a different in-state amount, if I knew where you lived and what school you were attending, I could get give you a better estimated amount.

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