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Can I Use My GI Bill to Study an MBA Program in Spain?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Dear Sir/Ma’am, I am PCSing to ODC Lisbon, and wish to enroll in the MBA program at Instituto de Empresa business school in Madrid this November due to its proximity to Lisbon and more importantly due to its well-established reputation as one of the premier business schools worldwide.

I would like to use my GI Bill to defray the costs of this program at this school, but need to know if this school is already accredited by the GI program, or if I can put program administrators in touch with school personnel to establish payment for my tuition there. I look forward to hearing from you when able and thank you for your time!

A: I looked up your school and it is on the list of VA-Approved schools, so that is a good start. As you are attending a foreign school under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, your housing allowance and tuition costs are calculated differently.

As far as your housing allowance, it won’t be dependent on the zip code of your school and E-5 pay grade as it would have been if you were going to school here in the States. Instead, as a foreign student, you’ll receive a fixed amount of $1,333 per month.

For tuition and fees, the VA will pay up to $408.09 per credit for tuition and up to $10,502.97 per term for fees. You will also get the book stipend, which is up to $1,000 per year.

To get your benefits started, submit VA Form 22-1990 either online at the VONAPP Website or download the form and send it in according to the instruction on the form. You will get back a Certificate of Eligibility that you will need when you enroll in school.

Be sure to remind you school that they have to send in your Certificate of Enrollment form. Their form has to match up with your Certificate of Eligibility to get your GI Bill payments started.Have fun in Spain!

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