You can receive up to 36 months of benefits, including:
Here’s how we’ll determine how much of the benefit you’ll qualify for:
The specific amount you’ll receive will depend on how much active service you’ve had since September 10, 2001. We’ll calculate this amount based on a percentage of the maximum benefit.
For example: If you had 90 days of active service since September 10, 2001, you would qualify for 40% of the maximum amount. If you served for 3 years, you would qualify for 100% of the benefit. So if your school charges $22,000 for in-state tuition and fees, you would receive $8,800 if you had 90 days of active service and the full $22,000 if you had 3 years of active service.
Note that this will change August 1, 2020. In this example, 90 days of active service would qualify you for 50% of the maximum amount as of August 1, 2020.
This depends on when you were discharged from active duty.
If your service ended before January 1, 2013, your Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits will expire 15 years after your last separation date from active service. You must use all of your benefits by that time or you’ll lose whatever’s left.
If your service ended on or after January 1, 2013, your benefits won’t expire thanks to a new law called the Forever GI Bill - Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act. Some letters you receive from us may not yet reflect this change. Thank you for your patience as we work to update our systems.
Learn more about this new law
You’ll need to apply.
Apply for education benefits
The benefit amount depends on which school you go to, how much active-duty service you’ve had since September 10, 2001, and how many credits or training hours you’re taking.
If you already applied for and were awarded Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits, your GI Bill Statement of Benefits will show you how much of your benefits you’ve used and how much you have left to use.
View your GI Bill Statement of Benefits
You may qualify for these additional benefits:
You can use your GI Bill benefits in many ways to advance your education and training.
Work toward a degree:
Train for a specific career, trade, or industry:
Work while you study:
Take classes from home:
What is Section 107 (Location-Based Housing Allowance)?
Previously, GI Bill beneficiaries were paid Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) based on the main or branch campus of the school they were enrolled. If a student attended classes at more than one location, they were paid the rate that was most advantageous.
Now, MHA is based on the campus location where the student physically attends the majority of their classes.
VA’s campus definitions:
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You can get these education benefits if you meet at least one of the requirements listed below.
At least one of these must be true. You:
Served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service) on or after September 11, 2001
Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service
Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break in service) on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability
Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying Veteran or service member
Note: If you’re a member of the Reserves who lost education benefits when the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) ended in November 2015, you may qualify to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
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