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Post 9/11 GI Bill

Benefit overview

The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) may help you pay for school or job training. If you’ve served on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, you may qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33). Through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you may be able to get 48 months of VA education benefits. Many applicants are eligible for only 36 months.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill can provide assistance with:

  • Tuition and fees. If you qualify for the maximum benefit, the Department of Veterans Affairs will cover the full cost of public, in-state tuition and fees. The VA caps the rates for private and foreign schools, and updates those rates each year.
  • Money for housing (if you’re in school more than half time). The VA bases your monthly housing allowance on the cost of living at your school’s location.
  • Money for books and supplies. You can receive up to the maximum stipend per school year.
  • Money to help you move from a rural area to go to school. You may qualify for a one-time payment if you live in a county with six or fewer people per square mile. You must also be either moving at least 500 miles to attend school or have no option but to fly by plane to get to school.

How this benefit helps

This benefit helps service members by helping them:

  • Achieve professional and personal self-development goals.
  • Save money while pursuing their degrees.
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Use Post-9/11 GI Bill to meet your educational and career goals

Continuing your education can help you achieve your career goals, both inside and outside the military.

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Use Post-9/11 GI Bill to save money while contuing your education

The Post-9/11 GI Bill can save you thousands of dollars per year. Use the benefits you have earned to help pay for your education or training program!

How to access this benefit

Start by finding out if you are eligible for VA education benefits. If you are, gather the required documents and information and apply. Find out if your school or training program is eligible by using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool. When you’re ready, apply online, by mail, in person at a VA regional office or with the help of a trained professional.

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