Post-9/11 GI Bill

Individuals who have at least 90 days of aggregate active-duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or were honorably discharged, or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, may be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.



Individuals who have at least 90 days of aggregate active-duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or were honorably discharged, or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, may be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Individuals who are eligibile for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and any other GI Bill program must make an irrevocable election of the Post-9/11 GI Bill before you can receive any benefits.

Types of Training

The following assistance is approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill:

  • correspondence training
  • cooperative training
  • entrepreneurship training
  • flight training
  • independent and distance learning
  • institutions of higher learning undergraduate and graduate degrees
  • licensing and certification reimbursement
  • national testing reimbursement
  • on-the-job training
  • tuition Assistance top-up
  • tutorial assistance
  • vocational/technical training, non-college degree programs

Benefits and Eligibility

For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following an individual's release from active-duty service. Institutions of higher learning participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program may make additional funds available for certain educational program without an additional charge to GI Bill entitlements. The following payments may also be available:

  • monthly housing allowance
  • annual books and supplies stipend
  • one-time rural benefit payment

Some Servicemembers may also transfer unused GI Bill benefits to their dependents.

Additional Factors

  • Full tuition and fees are paid directly to the school for all public school in-state students.
  • Individuals attending a private or a public institution of higher learning as a non-resident, out-of-state student, may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program and entitled to additional, education-related costs not covered by VA. Not everyone is eligible for this assistance.

Click here to visit the VA's Post-9/11 GI Bill webpage.

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