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How Do I Get Information on the New Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: How do I get information about the 9/11 GI Bill?

A: An Internet search will being up all kinds of pages of information, but you can get a quick read on the Post 9/11 GI Bill right here on our Army Study website. However I can also cover the basics tenets of the program.

To qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you had to serve at least 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001. While you will get up to 36 months of benefits, the percentage of coverage you get is directly tied to how much time you served on active duty. The minimum of 90 days would put you at 40%; three years or more are required to get to 100%. Terms of service between these two times will put you at a percentage between the minimum and maximum.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill generally pays for degree-producing courses. It may pay for non-degree courses if they are taken through a degree-producing school. As far as the payment structure, the VA pays your tuition and eligible fees directly to your school up to your percentage of the in-state maximum. You get a monthly housing allowance and up to $1,000 per year in a book stipend. Of course each of these are also subject to your tier percentage.

If you have at least six-years of service and agree to serve an additional four years, you can transfer benefits to dependents. If you are at the 100% level, then you can also use the Yellow Ribbon Program, which helps you if you are:

  • paying outstate tuition;
  • attending a private school;
  • or in a graduate program.

For more in-depth information on each of these items, use your favorite search engine and look for:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill;
  • Transfer of benefits to dependents;
  • Yellow Ribbon Program.

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