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Will My Entitlements End If I’m Still In School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

I was honorably discharged in February 2001. I found a school in July 2010 with a course that would propel my career and enrolled full-time. My eligibility letter stated my GI Bill benefits will end in Feb. 2011. Is this contingent upon me being not being in school or will the benefits continue until I graduate in July 2011?

A: Your benefits will end on Feb. 2011 regardless if you are in school or not. The Montgomery GI Bill has a 10-year delimiting date and the VA has no authority to continue paying benefits once you are past that point, so your benefits will end on the exact date 10 years from your discharge.

Running out of entitlements is treated differently. If you run out of entitlements mid-term, the VA is authorized to keep paying you benefits to the end of the semester. The difference between the two is a matter of how Congress wrote the GI Bill rules and regulations.

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