Can I Get My Kicker in Addition to the Post 9/11 GI Bill?
Q: Can a Soldier elect to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill and still be eligible for the Kicker?
A: Yes you can, provided you are eligible to receive the housing allowance as that is how your kicker is paid – added onto your housing allowance payment. If you are taking all online classes, then you are not authorized the housing allowance, so neither will you get your kicker. Of course the way to establish housing allowance eligibility is to take at least one class per term that applies to your degree plan.
Some people erroneously call the $600 Buy-Up plan a kicker when it is not. True kickers do not cost soldiers any monetary contribution, whereas the Buy-Up does. Consequently, the Buy-Up is not authorized for payment if you are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
If you were authorized a kicker under either the MGIB-AD or MGIB-SR and you switched to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you can still get paid your kicker, however, if you are less than a full-time student, your kicker amount of payment will be prorated according to your rate of pursuit.