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About the New Post 9/11 GI Bill:

Move on with your life in a very positive way – through education.  And let VA help you pay for it.

The Post 9/11 GI-Bill can help pay for education and housing to those who:

  • have been discharged honorably
  • have at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001
  • discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

What will the bill cover?

  • Tuition and fees paid directly to the school is based on the maximum in-state tuition rate at a public institution of higher learning. That is the maximum coverage, unless Yellow Ribbon comes into play.
  • Monthly housing allowance
  • Living expense stipend based on E-5 BAH with dependents based on the zip code of your school
  • Annual books and supplies stipend up to $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
  • Can transfer to eligible dependents

If you have served on or called to active duty after Sept. 11, 2001:

  • 100% benefit if you have at least 36 months of duty
  • 100% benefit if you have 30 days service and were discharged with a service-connected disability
  • 90% 30 to 36 month of duty
  • 80% 24 to 30 months of duty
  • 70% 18 to 24 months of duty
  • 60% 12 to 18 months of duty
  • 50% 6 to 12 months of duty
  • 40% 90 days to 6 months of duty

More info here:  GI Bill Info

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