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When Would My Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Really End?

Q: My dad transferred his Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for me to attend school. In the letter it stated beginning August 17th 2012 I will receive benefits for 10 months and 0 days. Does that mean from the day stated to June 17 2013 I will receive benefits due to the fact that is ten months from 8/17 to 6/17, or do they not count it that way and my benefits will end at the end of May(counting whole months)?

A: No, you should get a full ten months out of your benefits. Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlement use is calculated based on your rate of pursuit and the number of days when you should be in school.

For example, if your rate of pursuit is classified as full-time, then you would use one month of entitlement (30 days) for each month you are in school. However, if you started school say on August 17th, then you will only use up 13 days of entitlement in August instead of a full 30 days.

The same thing happens at the end of a semester. If your classes end on the 2nd of June for example, then you only would use up 2 days of entitlement for that month.

Remember we said earlier that entitlement use is also based on your rate of pursuit? If you are less than a full-time student, then entitlement use is calculated based on the number of credits you are taking verses what you school considers full-time.

For example, let’s say your school uses 12 credits as the minimum number of credits you can take and still be considered full-time and you are taking 9 credits. Then for each month you are in school, you would use up 9/12th of a month of entitlement or about 22.5 days per month in school.

And of course, you don’t use up any Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlement when you are on semester breaks, nor do you get paid for that time away from classes.

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