GI Bill Programs

Paying for your degree with the GI Bill

Here’s some good news for discharged and active-duty military personnel: the new GI Bill may allow you to go to college for free.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill covers both traditional and online degree programs. Launch your post-military career with a graduate degree, undergraduate degree, vocational or technical training. Here’s how!

Your guide to the new GI Bill

If you’re wondering where you’ll go after your service in the military, education is the first step. Turn your skills into a high-paying career with a degree that’s paid for by the GI Bill.

Who can use the new GI Bill? The new Post-9/11 GI Bill applies to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001 and individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

What does the new GI Bill cover? Depending on how long you’ve served, the new GI Bill covers up to 100% of your tuition and fees, monthly housing allowance, and the cost of books and supplies. Online degrees as well as traditional degrees are covered.

If you’ve served at least 36 months of military service, or if you served at least 30 days and were discharged due to a service-related disability, the new GI Bill pays for 100% of your tuition and other specified costs. If you’ve served less than 36 months, the GI Bill pays for 40% to 90% of your education costs, depending on your length of service. The amount of tuition and fees covered cannot exceed the in-state tuition at the most expensive university in your state.

What if I choose to go to a more expensive school?
Let’s say the most expensive in-state tuition in your state is $8,000, but you want to enroll in a college with an annual tuition of $10,000. You can pay the difference yourself; or, if the college you select is part of the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program, your college and VA will partner to pay the $2,000 difference. The Yellow Ribbon Program only applies to service members with at least 36 months of military service.

What are the advantages of choosing an online degree program?
Online degree programs are a smart choice for military service members to continue their education. Here’s why:

  • Online degrees are fast. Many schools offer two-year associate’s degrees and accelerated programs to get you into your new career faster.
  • Online programs are flexible. Because you learn and study on your own time, online degrees are perfect for active-duty personnel or former military service members who work full time.
  • Online degrees are affordable. Because they’re less expensive than traditional degrees, it’s easier to find an online degree program that fits the GI Bill coverage limits.

When can I receive GI Bill benefits? The Post-9/11 GI Bill will become effective August 1, 2009. It only pays for classes and programs taken on or after this date.

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