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Post-9/11 GI Bill

If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program.

See our full list of Veteran friendly schools here

Benefits and Eligibility

For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. Institutions of higher learning participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program may make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. The following payments may also be available:

  • Monthly housing allowance, (BAH)
  • Annual books and supplies

 

Monthly Housing Allowance

Your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is generally the same as the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. Current Chicagoland BAH is $2049.00 per month you are enrolled full time.

Books/Supplies Stipend

A yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000.00 paid proportionately based on enrollment.

Other Factors to Consider

  • Full tuition and fees are paid directly to the school for all public school in-state students.
  • If you’re attending a private or a public institution of higher learning (either private or public) as a nonresident, out-of-state student you may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program and entitled to additional education-related costs not covered by VA. Not everyone is eligible for this assistance.

Things to Remember

Type of School Maximum Reimbursement
Public School All Tuition & Fee Payments for an in-State Student
Private or Foreign School Up to $20,235.02 per academic year National Maximum

School Decision Resource

Use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to help you find a school and determine your GI Bill benefits while attending it. (This might be one of the most useful tools to help you determine which University to attend)

 

Apply for Benefits

Applying for your VA education benefits can be done in just a few steps:

  • Apply online today if you know which benefit you want to use.
  • Consult with the VA Certifying Official—who is usually in the Registrar’s or Financial Aid office—at the school of your choice. This official has application forms and can help you apply.
  • Call 1-888-GI BILL-1 (888-442-4551) to have the application mailed to you.

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