Education Benefits

Post 9/11 G.I. Bill

The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill is a new education benefit program for servicemembers and veterans who served on active duty on or after September11, 2001. Benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.

Benefits may be used for any approved program offered by a school in the United States that is authorized to grant an associate (or higher) degree. Call 1-888-442-4551 about attending school in a foreign country. Visit the G.I. Bill website for more information.

The Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program

The Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program: was enacted to potentially assist eligible individuals with payment of their tuition and fees in instances where costs exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education. To be eligible, the student must be: a veteran receiving benefits at the 100% benefit rate payable, a transfer-of-entitlement-eligible dependent child, or a transfer-of-entitlement eligible spouse of a veteran. The school of attendance must have accepted Veterans Affair’s invitation to participate in the program, state how much student tuition will be waived (up to 50%) and how many participants will be accepted into the program during the current academic year. VA will match the school’s percentage (up to 50%) to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket costs for eligible participants. Visit their website for more information.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

This scholarship entitles children of those who die in the line of duty on or since September 11, 2001, to use Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits. Eligible children:

  • Are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level
  • Have 15 years to use the benefit beginning on their 18th birthday
  • May use the benefit until their 33rd birthday
  • Are not eligible for the yellow ribbon program

Visit their website for more information.

Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program Eligibility

Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program Eligibility: Active duty personnel could participate in the Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) if they entered active duty for the first time after December 31, 1976, and before July 1, 1985, and made a contribution prior to April 1, 1987. The maximum contribution is $2,700. Active duty participants may make a lump-sum contribution to their VEAP account. For more information, visit their website.

Montgomery GI Bill

VA educational benefits may be used while the servicemember is on active duty or after the servicemember’s separation from active duty with a fully honorable military discharge. Discharges “under honorable conditions” and “general” discharges do not establish eligibility.

Eligibility generally expires 10 years after the servicemember’s discharge. However, there are exceptions for disability, re-entering active duty, and upgraded discharges. All participants must have a high school diploma, equivalency certificate, or have completed 12 hours toward a college degree before applying for benefits.

Payments

Effective October 1, 2009, the rate for full-time training in college, technical or vocational school is $1,368 a month for those who served three years or more or two years plus four years in the Selected Reserve. For those who served less than three years, the monthly rate is $1,111.

Benefits are reduced for part-time training. Payments for other types of training follow different rules. VA will pay an additional amount, called a “kicker” or “college fund,” if directed by Department of Defense. Visit their website for more information.

Additional information can be found at their website or by calling 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).