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Why Does the Post 9/11 GI Bill Only Reimburse for One Certification Exam?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Why does the Post 9/11 GI Bill only cover reimbursement of only one certification exam? Why won’t it cover technical boot-camps, even if they are MGIB certified? Ex. Cisco, Microsoft, etc boot-camps.

A: The main reason is the Post 9/11 GI Bill rules are different than the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB). If they were the same, then we wouldn’t need both programs.

The MGIB is more liberal as far as which training programs it will pay for. It covers degree-producing programs along with non-degree producing training programs, such as:

  • trade;
  • technical;
  • license;
  • certifications.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill focuses just on degree-producing programs, however, it will reimburse students up to $2,000 for one certification, but it does not pay for the training leading up to the certification. The MGIB pays for multiple certification tests, re-testing and the training leading up to the certification.

Trying to compare the MGIB and Post 9/11 GI Bill is like trying to compare apples to oranges. Both GI Bills are intended to cover different programs at different rates and with a different set of rules for each Bill.

If you wanted to get a four-year degree in Computer Science, then the Post 9/11 GI Bill would pay for the whole course, but it does not do well with piece-meal courses.

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