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Will I Get 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill or Just 40% for My 90-Days of Qualifying Service?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I enlisted in September 2011 and opted-out of the GI Bill because I chose SLRP (Student Loan Repayment Program). I am getting out in December at 3 years & 90+ days of service due to a service-related disability. I know under the New GI Bill, my first 3 years of service do not count toward the new GI Bill which leaves me at the 90 days/40% bracket. Now for the question: Since I’m getting out honorably due to service-related disability, will I get the 100% of the GI Bill or just the 40% that I get from my 90-days of qualifying service? Thanks for any help anyone can offer me, it is greatly appreciated.

A: You’ll get 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill because your Honorable discharge is a result of a service-connected disability. With service-connected, all you need is 30 days of continuous service, which you have met 3 times over with your 90+ days of eligible service after satisfying your 3-year SLRP commitment.

Your 100% coverage means that the VA would pay 100% of the resident tuition and fees your public school charges; if attending a private school, then it would pay up to $20,235.02 per year towards tuition and fees.

In either case, you would also get the housing allowance based on the zip code of your school and the number of credits you take and the book stipend. To calculate your housing allowance, go to the BAH Calculator. Enter in your school zip code in the Duty Zip Code Field. Next select E-5 from the Pay Grade Drop-down menu and click on Calculate button. Use the E-5 with Dependents figure as your housing allowance amount.

For the book stipend, you would get up to $41.67 per credit per semester (up to the $1,000 per year cap).

You would have up to 36 months of entitlement that you could use – enough for a 4-year degree by going to school 9 months per year.

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