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How Does The Post 9/11 GI Bill Work If I Attend a Korean School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Good morning Ron. I have a few questions for you. I’m retiring 1 Apr from the Air Force. My Post 9/11 GI Bill was transferred to my daughter. Since she has a scholarship with the ROTC she gets the housing amount only. The first question is will the GI Bill pay for online classes and if so how many credits do I need to take. Second, I will be taking the classes while in Korea for the next term. How does the money for housing work. Third, how do I get a stipend for my books. Finally, can I transfer part of my GI Bill back to myself. Thanks for all the help.

A: I will answer your questions in the order you asked them, so here goes. The Post 9/11 GI Bill does pay tuition and eligible fees for online classes, up to the in-state maximum (using the zip code of your school) and based on your tier percentage. From that aspect, there really isn’t a minimum number of credits you have to take to get the Post 9/11 GI Bill to pay. If you are going to attend on-campus classes in Korea, then the VA will pay up to $439.69 per credit.

Right now, online-only students do not get the Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance. Of course the way around that is to take one class per term (that applies to your degree plan) at a local campus and have a rate of pursuit of greater-than-half-time to qualify for the full amount. That will change starting August 1st when the GI Bill 2.0 changes take effect. Then online-only students will be authorized $673.50 per month. If you attend classes at a Korean school, then you would get the foreign school housing allowance of $1,311 per month.

As far as the book stipend, you will get paid $41.67 per credit at the beginning of each term regardless if you are online-only student or taking on-campus classes and then just pay for your books yourself.

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