Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is available for education expenses for soldiers who have served at least 90 days since 9/11/2001 or for those who have been honorably discharged after 30 or more days of service after 9/11/2001. It can help pay for housing, tuition, and other expenses associated with schooling, and it is available for up to 15 years after your discharge.

What Does the Post 9/11 GI Bill Offer Me

This program pays the school directly for tuition and fees, pays you up to $1,000 per year for books and supplies and also provides you a Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA). The amount that the 9/11 GI Bill pays, however, is dependent on your time of service. If you have served the minimum time (90 days) then you will only get a maximum of 40% of your payable benefits. If you have served at least 36 months then you will be eligible for 100% of your payable benefits. Exceptions are made for those who are honorably discharged for a service-related disability - you will receive full benefits after a minimum service time of 30 days.

Breakdown of Time Served and Benefits Received
Total Time In Active Duty After 9/11/01 Percentage of Max Benefits
36 months 100%
30-36 months 90%
24-30 months 80%
18-24 months 70%
12-18 months 60%
6-12 months 50%
3-6 months 40%

Can Anyone Else Benefit From This Program

If you do not use your benefits, it is possible to transfer them to a spouse or dependent, although you usually have to still be serving in the military and sign up for at least 4 more years. If you are near retirement age, you may be able to serve an additional enlistment of less than 4 years.

Still Have Questions

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