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Step 1: Determine your best Benefit

(Please answer the following questions to determine your best benefit.)

What type of training do you plan to take?

GED

This training is not covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill covers only degree programs. That means it covers Associate, Bachelor, and graduate degrees at a college or university.

Associate, Bachelor, or Graduate Degree

These are covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Your degree program must be from an Institution of Higher Learning. The programs must be accredited and approved by a State Approving Agency.

On-the-job training, apprenticeship, flight training, or other professional training

The Post-9/11 GI Bill covers approved programs offered at institutions of higher learning. That means it covers an Associate, Bachelor, or Graduate degree, or a non-college degree program offered at a college or university. You may be able to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill for on-the-job, apprenticeship, flight, or other professional training if you have entitlement under another VA education program that covers such training.

Non-college degree training

This type of training is not covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill if it is not pursued at a college or university.

Licensing & Certification Tests

Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you will be eligible for only one licensing or certification test not to exceed $2,000.00.

Where will you take classes?

Online/distance learning only

If you’re only taking distance or online classes, you won’t qualify for the monthly housing allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, but you can still receive the basic education allowance under the Montgomery GI Bill.

At least one on campus course

If you’re taking at least one course on campus and your rate of pursuit is greater than ½ time you qualify for the monthly housing allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Do you currently have any time left under another education program such as the Montgomery GI Bill?

Yes: If you have remaining entitlement under the Montgomery GI Bill you can exhaust that entitlement (use up all that time) and then get up to 12 months of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

No: You may apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Where will you be living when pursuing training?

Tuition, fees and your monthly housing allowance are state specific.

More about tuition and fees

How much you receive depends on what state you will live in.

Your tuition and fees paid under the Post-9/11 GI Bill are based on the maximum allowed in your state

More about the monthly housing allowance

Your monthly housing allowance is based on the E-5 with dependent rate: Basic Allowance for Housing for the zip code where your school is located.

What rate will you study?

Full-time

If you study full-time and take at least one in-residence course, you qualify for the monthly housing allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Exception: Active duty members are not eligible for the monthly housing allowance.

Greater than half-time

If you study at greater than the half-time rate, you qualify for the monthly housing allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Half-time or less You will not qualify for the monthly housing allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill unless you are pursuing training greater than the half-time rate.

If you are active duty, do you want to transfer entitlement of benefits to family members?

Yes: You may be able to transfer some of your education benefits to family members. The rules for transferring benefits are set by the Defense Department and the military services. You can find the latest Department of Defense information on policy and rules for transferability of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits is on the Department of Defense website.

No: Ok. If you ever want to transfer benefits to family members, you can find information on policy and rules for transferability of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits on the Department of Defense website.


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