Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009.

The program will pay eligible individuals:

  1. Tuition & fees directly to the school not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition & fees at a public Institution of Higher Learning and a monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. To determine the BAH for your school's ZIP code (DSCC's zip code is 38024)  
  2. An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment a one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals.
  3. A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals.

    This benefit is payable only for training at an Institution of Higher Learning (IHL). If you are enrolled exclusively in online training, you will not receive the housing allowance.  If you are on active duty, you will not receive the housing allowance or books & supplies stipend. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill website offers a step-by-step guide on how to apply. 

Calculate Your Benefits - the calculator is intended only to provide you with an estimate of Chapters 30 (Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty) /1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program), and Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill). Veterans Affairs will determine the actual amount of benefits you are entitled to.