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Why Am I Not Getting the Post 9/11 GI Bill Book Stipend?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am still active duty, and have enrolled in a graduate course utilizing my Post 9/11 GI Bill. The course is with AMU (with more to come in the near future), and costs $900. I had to pay $93 out-of-pocket, in addition to two books, which had a combined cost of about $120. I realize the $93 likely ends up remaining out of pocket, but how do I go about getting reimbursed for books with that $1000 stipend? Is there a required number of classes before I get reimbursed? Does it not cover online classes? Or do I not get it because I’m still active duty? Please help in any way you can. Thank you.

A: Right now, you would not get the book stipend because you are on active duty, however, that will change starting on October 1st with the implementation of the GI Bill 2.0. Part of that change was allowing active duty members and their spouses using Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits, to receive the book stipend.

Online-only students do get the book stipend paid at the same rate as traditional classroom students – $41.67 per credit. There is not a minimum number of credits you must take to get the book stipend. Again, you being on active duty precludes you from getting it which in my estimation is stupid. What does being on active duty have to do with you getting or not getting the book stipend? I can see the housing allowance issue because you are getting paid BAH, but you are not getting paid anything for books.

It is as ludicrous as online-only students not getting the housing allowance. Don’t online students have to eat and have a place to live? Again, what does the learning venue they use to attend class have to do with denying them the housing allowance. OK, I have that out of my system.

Another change that could affect you is the Post 9/11 GI Bill will start paying for non-degree producing courses, including certifications and licensure programs. These courses pay a book stipend of $83 per month for non-degree courses.

2 responses on “Why Am I Not Getting the Post 9/11 GI Bill Book Stipend?

Hi. I am just retiring from active duty and using the Post 911 GI bill for the first time starting in January. I thought the book stipend reimbursed whatever was spent on books, but I just read a post from you (from 26 Aug) that said it’s only $41.67 per credit. Is that information still current? Thanks.

Yep, it is. Keep in mind that is a per credit amount, so if you take 10 credits, you would get $416.70 for this semester. Some semesters, your books may cost more that what you get in a book stipend, as well as some semesters costing less. The $41.67 per credit is an average amount so it should cover most of your book costs in most semesters.

The only change that happened recently, was if you are going to a vocational-technical type school that doesn’t operate on a credit-based system, you would get $83 per month in a book stipend instead of the $41.67 per credit.

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