The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 also known as Chapter 33, boasts the most comprehensive education benefits package since the original GI Bill® was signed into law in 1944 by providing financial support for education and housing to eligible individuals.
What Benefits do Students Receive under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®?
This new education benefit goes well beyond only helping to pay for tuition. Depending on each individual's "rate of pursuit" (full- or part-time study) and situation, veterans may qualify for:
Note: Students using other VA education programs are included in this change. Monthly benefits will be pro-rated in the same manner.
Types of programs this benefit covers:
What is the Eligibility Period?
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.
Transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill® Benefits to a Dependent
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill® to their spouse or children. Any member of the Armed Forces (active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted) on or after August 1, 2009, who is eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, and:
An individual approved to transfer an entitlement to educational assistance under this section may transfer the individual's entitlement to:
A family member must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and be eligible for benefits, at the time of transfer to receive transferred educational benefits
Note: After an individual has designated a child as a transferee under this section, the individual retains the right to revoke or modify the transfer at any time.
To apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® education benefit, complete VA Form 22-1990 found at www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/vba-22-1990-are.pdf or apply online at www.gibill.va.gov.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs810 Vermont AvenueWashington, DC 20420Phone: (888) GI BILL1 (442-4551)Website: http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/index.html
For more information contact your local County Veteran Service Office.
A veteran may be eligible if they have at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001 or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Veterans must also have received an honorable discharge or have been medically discharged to be eligible.
Based upon the length of aggregate active service, veterans are eligible for a percentage of tuition and housing benefits under Chapter 33 that range from 40% to 100%. The following depicts the percentage of benefit ranges:
Note: Qualifying service time excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training; however, active service performed by National Guardsmen under Title 32 USC 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 now counts towards eligibility.
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