Effective August 1, 2011
|n||Expands the Post-9/11 GI Bill to include Active Service performed by National Guard members under title 32 U.S.C. for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the National Guard; or under section 502(f) for the purpose of responding to a national emergency (Effective August 1, 2011, but not payable until October 1, 2011).|
|n||For veterans and their transferees - simplifies the tuition and fee rates for those attending a public school and creates a national maximum for those enrolled in a private or foreign school which pays all public school in-state tuition and fees. Private and foreign school costs are capped at $17,500 annually.|
|n||Break or interval pay is no longer payable under any VA education benefit program.|
|n||Prorates housing allowance by the student's rate of pursuit (rounded to the nearest tenth).|
|n||Allows reimbursement for more than one "license or certification" test (previously only one test was allowed). However, entitlement is now charged.|
|n||Allows reimbursement of fees paid to take national exams used for admission to an institution of higher learning (e.g., SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT).|
|n||Allows those who are eligible for both Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (chapter 31) benefits and Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) benefits to choose the Post-9/11 GI Bill's monthly housing allowance instead of the chapter 31 subsistence allowance.|
|n||Allows VA to pay MGIB (chapter 30) and MGIB-SR (chapter 1606) "kickers," or college fund payments, on a monthly basis instead of a lump sum at the beginning of the term.|
|n||For Active Duty members and their transferees -- creates a national rate for those active duty members enrolled in a private or foreign school pursuing a degree which pays all public school in-state tuition and fees; while private and foreign school costs are capped at $17,500 per academic year (an academic year begins August 1).|
October 1, 2011
|n||Allows students to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill for|
|•||Non-college degree (NCD) programs: Non-college degree (NCD) programs offered at non-degree granting schools: Pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees or $17,500, whichever is less. Also pays up to $83 per month for books and supplies.|
|•||On-the-job and apprenticeship training: Pays a monthly benefit amount prorated based on time in program, and up to $83 per month for books and supplies.|
|•||Flight programs: Per academic year, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school, or $10,000, whichever is less.|
|•||Correspondence training: Per academic year, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school, or $8,500, whichever is less.|
|•||Housing allowance is now payable to students (other than those on active duty) enrolled solely in distance learning. The housing allowance payable is equal to one-half the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents. For example, the full-time rate for an individual eligible at the 100% eligibility tier would be $673.50 for 2011.|
|n||Allows students on active duty to receive a books and supplies stipend.|
As the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act (popularly known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 33) begins its second academic year of operation, changes loom on the horizon. While this is no surprise to those who know the history of the original GI Bill, some of the changes will have considerable impact not only on veteran students, but on institutions and across sectors of higher education. Proposed Legislative Changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill: Potential Implications for Veterans and Colleges (American Association of State Colleges and Universities, November 2010), a policy paper, outlines current major potential changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill (as originally introduced) and analyzes their possible effects. Read AASCU's Policy Brief, here.
Post 9/11 Veterans Assistance Act of 2008 GI Bill
On June 30, 2008, the President signed into law his final war spending bill that provides not only one more year of funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also funding to expand veterans education benefits for those who served after September 11, 2001. This new bill will have a significant and positive impact for student veterans and public colleges and universities.
The benefits are effective August 1, 2009 and education under the new benefit program must be completed after July 31, 2009.
Benefits are open to both active duty servicemembers and reservists called to active duty after September 11, 2001.
Eligibility lasts for 15 years after discharge (those covered under previous MGIB still have the 10-year limit). The current "buy-in" to those MGIB will be eliminated for the new MGIB.
Eligibility calculated on a sliding scale based on length of active duty service
Active-duty service for at least 36 months=100% eligibility
Active-duty service for at least 30 consecutive days with discharge due to service-connected disability=100% eligibility
Active-duty service for 30-36 months=90% eligibility
Active-duty service for 24-30 months=80% eligibility
Active-duty service for 18-24 months=70% eligibility
Active-duty service for 12-18 months=60% eligibility
Active-duty service for 6-12 months=50% eligibiity
Active-duty service for 90 days-6 months=40% eligibility
Tuition and Fees Benefit
Benefits cover 36 months of tuition and fees at public colleges and universities, as well as additional stipends for housing and books.
Book stipend of up to $1,000/academic year (prorated for part-time enrollment)
Monthly housing stipend for veteran students attending on-campus classes (online and correspondence students are not eligible, and active-duty military students are not eligible) equal to the Basic Housing Allowance (BHA) for an E-5 with dependents. The average stipend is expected to be $1,100 per month.
Tutoring assistance (which must be certified as essential and required) of $1,200 maximum.
Payment for one licensure/certification test, maximum of $2,000.
Relocation assistance of $500 for those who reside "in a county (or similar entity utilized by the Bureau of Census) with less than seven persons per square mile, according to the most recent decennial Census," and who physically relocate at least 500 miles or "travel by air to physically attend an institution of higher education because the individual cannot travel to such institution by automobile or other established form of transportation due to an absence of road or other infrastructure."
Tuition benefits only may be transferred by the VA to spouses or dependent children if the servicemember has completed 6 years of service and signs up to serve for 4 more years (for spouses) or has completed 10 years of service (for dependent chidren).
Tuition benefits can be divided between the veteran and his/her dependent or spouse as long as the 36-month limit is not exceeded.
For current information on transferability eligibility, or access to an application, visit here.
Post 9/11 GI Bill Transferability
While the Post 9/11 GI Bill offers a very generous post-service education benefit, a special provision of the program allows career servicemembers the opportunity to share their education benefits with immediate family members.
Allowing career servicemembers to transfer their GI Bill benefits to family members has long been one of the most requested items among military family readiness and advocacy groups. To read full policy, visit here.
Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 (S.3447)
The most widely known veterans' education benefit program is the GI Bill, which has had various incarnations since its beginning after World War II. Benefits under the newest GI Bill (known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill) began in academic year 2009-2010. The goal of this legislation was to ensure that a veteran did not have to pay tuition and fees for undergraduate education received at a public institution. It also introduced a new Yellow Ribbon program, allowing institutions to designate a contribution amount that the Veterans Administration would then match, to accommodate those veteran students attending higher-cost institutions and/or graduate programs.
Since the implementation of this new program, there has been much discussion of its complexity (and hence confusion for both veteran students and institutions), administrative burden and benefit equity when compared to other veterans' education benefit programs. In order to address these concerns, Senator Daniel Akaka (HI), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, recently introduced S.3447. Below you will find a summary of the major provisions of this legislation.
Expanding eligibility under the Post-9/11 GI Bill to National Guard and Reserve members serving full-time under section 502(f) of Title 32 in response to a national emergency.
Changing the Post-9/11 GI Bill definition of "institution of higher learning" to allow those institutions currently excluded (i.e., vocational institutions and other non-collegiate institutions) to receive benefits under the bill; the intent is to allow vocational training such as was offered under the original GI Bill.
Removing the tuition and fee benefit charts for each state and creating a new metric for benefitr eligibility. Veterans enrolled at public institutions would receive up to the established charges for the program in which they were enrolled; veterans enrolled at private for-profit and not-for-profit institutions would receive the lesser of either the established charges for their program of study or a newly created national average.
Adding an additional monthly stipend and housing allowance for on-the-job training.
Adding a new payment category for programs taken exclusively via correspondence/online.
Adding a new formula to calculate a books/supplies allowance for active duty servicemembers.
Allowing a supplemental educational assistance under Chapter 30 benefits to be transferred to Chapter 33 benefits.
Post 9/11 GI Bill Frequently Asked Questions & Resources
GI Bill (US Veterans Affairs)
An interactive website with the most comprehensive information available to date. Check back often for updates. You can access the site by visiting here.
A website created and maintained by the American Legion to promote better understanding of today's veteran education benefits. You can access this site by visiting here.
An overview of the Post 9/11 GI Bill and relevant facts on its provisions can be found here. Learn more.