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Is It Too Late to Apply for My Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have been out of the Army almost 7 months and it has been hard trying to keep a steady job. Is it too late to apply for my Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and how do I go about doing that?

A: No, it is not too late to apply for your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. You can either apply online or download the form, fill it out and snail mail it in according to the instructions on the form.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is different from other GI Bills in that the VA pays your school directly for your tuition and eligible fees up to the in-state public school, undergraduate program maximum for that state. Monthly, you get a housing allowance paid at the E-5-with-dependents rate for the zip code of your school. You also get paid up to $1,000 per year in a books and supplies stipend.

By qualifying for the Post 9/11 GI bill, you get 36 months of education benefits that you have to use within 15 years of your discharge. Any unused education benefits after that time are lost.

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