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Will My Vietnam Era GI Bill Benefits Carry Over to the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I had Vietnam Era GI Bill benefits which I did not completely use. I was called to active duty in Jan 2001 through Aug 2008. Will my Vietnam Era GI Bill benefits carry over to the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

A: Most likely you would get the same number of months of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits that you had left under your old GI Bill. However, you might as well use what you have left and take advantage of the higher Post 9/11 GI Bill pay rate.

Under the New GI Bill, the VA would pay your tuition directly to your school. With over seven years of eligibility, they would pay 100% of the resident undergraduate rate at a public school. Should you decide to attend a private school, they would pay up to $18,077.50 per year. At either type school, you would get the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and book stipend.

The MHA is calculated based on the number of credits you take and the zip code of your school; you have to take at least 51% of the number of credits your school considers to be full-time to qualify for the minimum MHA.

The book stipend is figured on a basis of $41.67 per credit if you are in a degree-producing program or $83 per month if attending a vocational or technical school.

Also, the Post 9/11 GI Bill has a 15-year delimitation date, so your benefits would be good out until 2023.

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