Benefits

EARNING UP TO FULL COLLEGE TUITION WITH THE POST 9/11 GI BILL

The, Post 9/11 GI Bill, usually just referred to as the GI Bill, provides up to full tuition for veterans and current active duty Soldiers who have served at least 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001.

The GI Bill also provides allowances for housing and text books in varying amounts based on how long you have served.

How does it work? What are the qualifications of the GI Bill?

In order to receive any education benefits, you must have served at least 90 days in the Army on active duty. The tuition money you are eligible to receive through the GI Bill increases the longer you serve. For example, Army veterans who have served at least two years can attend most state-funded universities 100 percent tuition free.

Other Types of Training

In addition to college and university tuition, GI Bill benefits may also be applied to:

  • Online schooling and correspondence courses
  • Part-time schooling
  • Entrepreneurship training for those interested in starting a small business
  • Flight School
  • Licensing and certification courses
  • Vocational training and trade schools
  • National testing
  • On the job training
  • Tutorial assistance

RECEIVING GI BILL BENEFITS

With the GI Bill, you can begin earning benefits almost as soon as you enter the Army. After 36 months of service, you will be eligible to receive full tuition for state schools and more than $23,000 in yearly tuition for private universities.

SERVICE TIMEANNUAL TUITION PAID (STATE SCHOOLS)
ANNUAL TUITION PAID (PRIVATE SCHOOLS)
90 Days40%$9,469
6 Months50%$11,836
12 Months
60%$14,203
18 Months70%$16,570
24 Months
80%
$18,938
30 Months90%$21,305
36+ Months100%$23,672

MONEY FOR HOUSING AND BOOKS

Soldiers using the GI Bill receive a housing stipend of up to $1,119 a month for state schools and up to $3,000 per month for private schools. Soldiers are also eligible for up to $1,000 a year to pay for books and supplies.

ARMY RESERVE AND NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIERS

The G.I. Bill "Kicker" Program

Army Reserve and Army National Guard have access to the Selected Reserve GI Bill, also known as the “Kicker” program. Under this benefit, Soldiers receive $368 per month for 36 months for a total of $13,248 to put toward school.

What are the qualifications of the Selected Reserve GI Bill "Kicker" Program?

In order to qualify for this benefit, Army Reserve and National Guard enlistees must agree to a six-year service commitment.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

If you need more information about benefits, or if you have any specific questions about eligibility and qualifications, your recruiter can help. Use our search tool to help you find a recruiter near you.

You can also check out the Department of Veterans Affairs website for a more detailed breakdown of GI Bill benefits. (external link)