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Will the Post 9/11 GI Bill Assist Me with Both Travel Expenses and Foreign School Tuition?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My question is will the GI Bill cover out of country schooling programs? I would like to get my executive certificate and counter-terrorism studies through the Counter-terrorism Institute in accordance with the Lauder School of Government in Israel. Will the G.I. Bill assist me with travel expenses and program tuition?

A: The Post 9/11 GI Bill would not assist you with travel expenses – that is on your own dime. However, your GI Bill may well pay for your studies at a foreign school provided the school is VA-approved.

Students attending a foreign or private school are paid according to a different pay scale than students going to school in the U.S. As a foreign school student, the VA would pay up to $18,077.50 per year in tuition. The foreign/private school tuition rate is going to $19,198.31 for the 2013/2014 academic year.

In addition, you would get the foreign housing allowance currently at $1,368 per month; that would increase on August 1st to $1,429 per month. You would also get a book stipend of $41.67 per credit per semester. There is a $1,000 per year cap on the book stipend, but it is usually enough for a couple of full-time semesters per academic year.

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