Who is eligible for benefits?

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, or
  • Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
  • 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, or
  • Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying Veteran or service member

Percentage of Benefit 

100% – At least 36 months of service
100% – At least 30 continuous days on active duty and must be discharged due to service-connected disability or received a Purple Heart
90% – At least 30 months, but less than 36 months 
80% – At least 24 months, but less than 30 months 
70% – At least 18 months, but less than 24 months 
60% – At least 6 months, but less than 18 months 
50% – At least 90 days, but less than 6 months

What entitlements do students receive? 

The Post-9/11 GI Bill reimburses your tuition & fees to your school and makes housing and other payments directly to you.


Your school will receive a percentage, as determined by your length of AD service, of the following:

  • For resident students at a public Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) all tuition & fee payments are reimbursed;
  • For private and foreign IHLs tuition & fee reimbursement is capped at $26,381 per academic year.

Note: If you are attending a public IHL as a non-resident student or a private IHL that is more expensive than the cap you may be eligible for extra payment under the Yellow Ribbon program. See “Yellow Ribbon payments” 

Monthly living stipend

A monthly housing allowance (MHA) equal to the basic allowance for housing (BAH) amount payable to an E-5 with dependents, in same zip code as your school. This allowance is paid proportionately based on your enrollment. MHA rates will be adjusted for new BAH rates on 1 August instead of 1 January. NOTE:

  • If you are attending school at the 1/2 time or less rate or are on active duty or the spouse of an active duty member you will not receive any MHA.
  • If you are attending school overseas you will receive a MHA of the average BAH amount for all CONUS locations.
  • If you are enrolled solely in distance learning you will receive a housing allowance equal to 1/2 the national average. MHA is also prorated based on length of service. For current rates check BAH Website.

Books and supplies stipend

Up to $1000/year payment issued directly to the student. This benefit is paid proportionately at $41.67 per credit hour, not to exceed 24 credit hours per academic year, and is prorated based on length of service. A lump sum payment is paid with the first housing stipend each academic year.

Yellow Ribbon payments

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows degree-granting institutions to enter into a voluntary agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate for individuals eligible for the 100% payment tier. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. This payment is issued to the school when the school certifies and VA processes the student’s enrollment. For details refer to the Yellow Ribbon Program.

What other kinds of education and training IS cover?

  • Approved Non-College Degree (NCD) programs found at VA Institution Search. Pays actual net cost for in-state tuition and fees at public NCD institutions. At private and foreign institutions, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees or $26,381, whichever is less. Also pays a yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000 paid proportionately based on enrollment;
  • On-the-job and apprenticeship training: Payment amount varies depending on the program.
  • Flight programs: Payments for flight training vary based on which type of flight training course and what kind of school you are enrolled in.
  • Correspondence training: VA reimburses the lesser of the net actual costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school for the program being pursued or the maximum amount allowed by law.
  • Allows reimbursement for one or more license or certification tests up to $2,000 per test.
  • Allows reimbursement of fees paid to take national exams used for admission to an institution of higher learning (e.g., SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT). CAUTION: One month of Entitlement will be charged for each fees/tests.
  • Refer to the complete list of education programs at VA Post-9/11 GI Bill.

NOTE: If an individual is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill as well as other GI Bill benefits, s/he will be required to make an irrevocable choice of which benefit to receive.

What is the period of eligibility? 

The period of eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill ends 15-years from the date of the last discharge or release from active duty of at least: 90 consecutive days; Or, 30 days but less than 90 days if released for a service-connected disability; or, 15 years from the date of discharge for the last period of service used to meet the minimum service requirements of 90 aggregate days of service.

Can I transfer my entitlement to my dependents? 

You must be a member of the uniformed services to transfer your unused benefits to your spouse or dependent(s). Generally, you must agree to serve four more years when transferring benefits. For more information visit our website at Post 9-11 GI Bill Transferability.

Benefit Comparison Tools

For many eligible participants, the Post-9/11 GI Bill is a better solution than other education benefit programs, such as the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty, Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve and the Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP). However, this decision depends on several factors, including the type of education or training you plan to take and the amount of benefits received under each program. Visit the VA website for Benefit Comparison Tools.