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Does It Matter Which College I Want to Attend for the Post 9/11 GI Bill to Pay?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Does the Post 9/11 GI Bill cover a degree in business management, entrepreneurship and accounting? Or does it matter which college you want to attend for the Post 9/11 GI Bill to cover?

A: The Post 9/11 GI Bill is meant to pay for degree-producing courses, so if you are talking about at least an associates’ degree in the above topics, then yes, your GI Bill will pay. If you are talking about anything less, such as a certification or diploma, then maybe, as long as those courses are being taught at a school that teaches degree-producing courses.

As far as if it matters which school you attend, yes and no. Choose a school that is on the VA’s list of schools. That way, you can be assured it is accredited and VA-approved. So from that aspect, yes it does matter – stick to the schools on the list. If you do, then no, it really doesn’t matter, unless the school you choose is a private school.

The VA’s maximum tuition and fees amount is based on a state’s most expensive public school undergraduate program. If you attend a private school, your tuition and fees will probably exceed what the VA will pay. You would have to pay the difference unless your private school is a Yellow Ribbon school. Then it can pay up to half of the difference and the VA would pay an equal amount, leaving you with little left to pay.

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