Post 9/11 GI Bill

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you must have served at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service, or at least 30 days of continuous service with a service-connected disability. 

Service academy graduates and ROTC scholarship recipients are not eligible until after they have completed their commissioning service commitment.

To receive the full benefit, you must serve at least 36 months of active duty after September 1, 2001. 100% of the benefit equals 36 months of education benefits payable for 15 years following release from active duty. Dependent children are eligible until they reach age 26 with no 15-year limitation.

GI BIll eligibility requirements

Eligible Programs

Public Schools

  • NET Tuition and Fees
  • In-state, course of study tuition and fee rates
  • Tuition rates apply to currently serving, separated and retired members and spouses
  • This is a change since old program was unlimited for active duty § Housing (E5 w/dependents rate for location of school)
  • Books and supplies ($1000 max yr)

Private schools

  • Tuition and fees capped at $17,500
  • “Yellow Ribbon” program can provide a higher cap rate
  • Currently Service NOT Yellow Ribbon eligible
  • Housing (E5 w/dependents rate for location of school)
  • Books and supplies ($1000 max yr)

Non-degree granting schools

  • Same tuition and fee rates as Public schools but without…Housing allowance
  • $83 per month for books and supplies
  • Flight Training: capped at $10,000 per academic year/NO housing, books or supplies
  • Correspondence classes: $8500 per academic year

Apprenticeships and OJT

  • NO active duty members or spouses
  • Pays the housing allowance and books at reduced rates
  • NO tuition and fee payments since these don’t apply under these programs

Yellow Ribbon Program

Program to help pay the tuition and fees above $17,500 at private schools.

  • Schools and VA agree to split the costs above $17,500
  • Must have earned 100% Post 9-11 GI Bill entitlement
  • NO currently serving member or spouse is eligible—children are
  • Benefits vary by school—call school to confirm

Transfer Option

The transfer option is a DOD retention tool —you must be serving to transfer and you must serve longer.

  • Service commitment to transfer is 4 years from the time of transfer
    • You can transfer at any time
    • Transfer as soon as possible to start the service commitment clock
    • Dependent must be in DEERS to transfer §Don’t have to be “called up” at the time of transfer
  • Can’t add new beneficiaries after you leave the Service
    • You can manage benefits among existing beneficiaries after the Service
  • The amount of old Montgomery GI Bill benefit you have becomes the amount of new P9-11GIB benefit upon transfer
    • Be careful to review your MGIB status before you transfer
  • Max 36 months of benefit—split as you wish among beneficiaries
  • P911GIB benefit always belongs to the Service member
    • Cannot be split at divorce  

There are minimum service requirements to transfer:

GI Bill Transfer

Additional considerations:

  • To use the benefit, child must be graduate of secondary/high school (or equivalent) or be 18 yo
  • The benefit continues even if the child marries, until the child reaches age 26  
  • HOWEVER, marriage of dependent prior to transfer cancels transfer option  
  • Divorce does not cancel the transfer of benefits  
  • In all cases, the military member can revoke the transfer at any time

For more information, please go to http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp or call the VA at 1-888-442-4551.

You can also email questions to beninfo@moaa.org.