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Post 9/11 Veterans Education - New GI Bill

Post 9/11 (New) GI Bill (AKA Chapter 33):

The Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Act of 2008 program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

Based on your length of active duty service, you're entitled to a percentage of the following:

  • Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid to school);
  • Monthly housing allowance* equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as your school (paid to you);
  • Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000 per year (paid to you); and -A onetime payment of $500 paid to certain individuals relocating from highly rural areas. 

*Note: The housing allowance and books and supplies stipend are not payable to individuals on active duty. The housing allowance is not payable to those pursuing training at half time or less or to individuals enrolled in distance learning. Individuals are limited to a maximum of 48 months of entitlement when using benefits under two or more programs (i.e. 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607). Veterans who have eligiblity under these other GI Bill programs should contact the Veterans Office before you apply for the new GI Bill. In some cases it might be better to retain your old GI Bill. Once you elect the new GI Bill the decision is irrevecable.

For more information visit the Veterans Office, EN B018 or call 203 392-6822.