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Can My Daughter Go to a Beauty School Using Her Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My daughter is in the Texas National Guard and she would like to start school. She has been in since 2010 and would like to go to Paul Mitchell Beauty School. Will she be able to use her GI Bill or her Hazelwood money for this?

A: If you daughter signed up for six-years when she first enlisted, then she should have 36 months of benefits she could use under the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR).

Sometimes these types of school can be an issue as many of them are not VA-approved. I just looked at the Paul Mitchell School on the Weam’s School Search website and they are approved in Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth and Houston. So she is good-to-go from that standpoint.

Just so she knows, the MGIB-SR currently pays $356 per month to go to school and she would have to pay all her own expenses – tuition, fees, books, etc. If her program leads up to a certificate (verses a license), then she could also get some funding under the Tuition Assistance program.

She would not be able to use her Hazelwood Act benefits as those benefits must be used by those in a veteran status and not by those still serving. Also, if she has deployed for at least 90 days in a Title 10 status in support of a contingency operation, such as Iraq or Afghanistan, she could also have some eligibility under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

The New GI Bill pays significantly better than the MGIB-SR. Under it, her tuition would be paid (up to her percentage of eligibility) and she would also get the monthly housing allowance and a book stipend. If she does have the Post 9/11 GI Bill, she would have to give up her MGIB-SR (which would be a good trade) to switch to use her Post 9/11 GI Bill.

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