This website is not affiliated with the U.S. government or military.

Will the Post 9/11 GI Bill Reimburse Me the $3,500 I Put into My Tuition?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I’m really curious, I applied for student loans as well to kind of just have in my savings in case I really needed money, and the student loans processed through first, clearing my tuition. The student loan covered $3,500 and banked the other $1,500. Will the GI Bill reimburse me the $3,500 I put in?

A: Well technically, you didn’t put in the $3,500; your student loans paid your tuition directly to your school. What many people don’t know is that the GI Bill is the last payer, so they pay whatever is left after all other forms of financial aid have paid their portions.

Because your student loans paid all of your tuition, there was nothing left for the Post 9/11 GI Bill to pay, except for your monthly housing allowance and book stipend once per semester (up to the $1,000 per year cap).

You would have been much better off, just using your Post 9/11 GI Bill. If you attend a public school, it would have paid up to the resident tuition rate. If you attend a private school, it would have paid up to $19,198.31 per year.

If your school was a Yellow Ribbon school, you could have used that program to help pay for tuition that exceeded what the New GI Bill would pay – public school non-resident or that amount over the private school cap.

A better plan would have been to apply for non-tuition specific scholarships. That way the money goes to you or to your school account and is not applied towards tuition. However, if you get tuition fenced scholarships, then you would have been in the same boat as you are in now as they get applied first toward tuition. The nice thing with scholarships and grants is they do not have to be repaid as with loans.

Most of the time, student loans should be your last choice for financial aid.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Privacy Policy | About Us | FAQ | Terms of Service | Disclaimers | Do Not Sell My Personal Information (CA and NV residents)

Copyright © 2020 EducationDynamics. All Rights Reserved.

This is a private website that is not affiliated with the U.S. government, U.S. Armed Forces or Department of Veteran Affairs. U.S. government agencies have not reviewed this information. This site is not connected with any government agency. If you would like to find more information about benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, please visit the official U.S. government web site for veterans’ benefits at http://www.va.gov.

The sponsored schools featured on this site do not include all schools that accept GI Bill® funding or VA Benefits.For more information on how to choose a school, visit. For more information on ArmyStudyGuide.com, visit our FAQ page or follow the About Us link found below. To contact ArmyStudyGuide, email us.

Disclosure: EducationDynamics receives compensation for the featured schools on our websites (see “Sponsored Schools” or “Sponsored Listings” or “Sponsored Results”). So what does this mean for you? Compensation may impact where the Sponsored Schools appear on our websites, including whether they appear as a match through our education matching services tool, the order in which they appear in a listing, and/or their ranking. Our websites do not provide, nor are they intended to provide, a comprehensive list of all schools (a) in the United States (b) located in a specific geographic area or (c) that offer a particular program of study. By providing information or agreeing to be contacted by a Sponsored School, you are in no way obligated to apply to or enroll with the school.

This is an offer for educational opportunities that may lead to employment and not an offer for nor a guarantee of employment. Students should consult with a representative from the school they select to learn more about career opportunities in that field. Program outcomes vary according to each institution’s specific program curriculum. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. The financial aid information on this site is for informational and research purposes only and is not an assurance of financial aid.