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Will My GI Bill Quit Paying Mid-Semester When My Benefits End?

Q: I was awarded the 12-month extension using the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Now I’m applying for a certification program that takes 11 months, but I only have 3 months of benefits remaining on the Post 9/11 program.

I was approved for the program by the VA, I received a letter in the mail stating so. My question is will I receive benefits for the entire 11 months for the certification program, even though I only have 3 months of benefits remaining? I was told by a VA rep once that the GI Bill will continue to pay benefits up until your graduation date. Is this statement true or accurate?

A: No, that statement is neither true or accurate. If your benefits run out in the middle of a term, they will keep paying you up to the end of that term. Then you have exhausted your benefits and they will stop paying.

If you had been going under the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), and were eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, it is handled somewhat differently. Then, if you exhaust your MGIB mid-term, the VA will “loan” you the number of months and days you need to finish the term, and then deduct this amount from the additional 12 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. But because you already switched to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, your benefits will just end at the end of the term.

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