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Would My Dad’s Post 9/11 GI Bill Help Me With Living Expenses?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am moving out soon and I was wondering if my dad’s G.I. Bill would help me with living expenses too? He has been retired for like 5 or 6 years now and he never used it before. I think he enlisted in Pennsylvania but he might have in North Carolina. I called the education center on post down here in North Carolina and they said that they would send me a message with the information I would need but I have not received one. Please help!

A: Unless your dad transferred some or all of his Post 9/11 GI Bill to you while he was still serving, you would not have any Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to use. And it would be too late know for your dad to make a transfer as he is already retired. But from the way you worded your question, you sound sure that you have benefits you can use.

Under the New GI Bill, the VA would pay up to the resident tuition and fees at a public school or up to $19,198.31 per year at a private school. If you are at the 100% tier, but you have to pay out-state tuition or your private school tuition exceed what the VA will pay, inquire whether your school is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program. If so, your school could pay up to 50% of the difference with the VA paying an equal amount on top of the tuition they already paid.

If you are at a lesser percentage, then the amount they would pay would be less and you would have to pay the difference.

You also would qualify for the monthly housing allowance which would help you with your living expenses. That amount is based on the zip code of your school and the number of credits you are taking (and multiplied by your tier percentage).

Also, each semester, up to the $1,000 per year cap, you would also get a book stipend. That calculates out at $41.67 per credit or about $500 per 12-credit semester.

Lastly, where he enlisted doesn’t change the amount you would get in Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits as it is a federal program.

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