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What will benefits cover

Determining what educational cost your benefits will cover

Under Chapter 30, 1606, and 1607 you will be paid a monthly benefit based on your training time. The general guidelines for full-time enrollment are as follows:
  • Undergraduate training = 12 credit hours
  • Graduate training = 9 credit hours
  • Non-college Degree training = 18 – 22 clock hours
Once you determine your training time you can look at the below charts to determine the amount of your monthly payments.
 
Chapter 30
Training Time
< 3-Yrs Service
3-Yrs Service
Full-time
$1,158.00
$1,426.00
3/4 time
$868.50
$1,069.50
1/2 time
$579.00
$713.00
< 1/2 time *
$579.00 *
$713.00*
1/4 time *
$289.50 *
$356.50 *


Chapter 1606
Training Time
Monthly Allowance
Full-time
$337.00
3/4 time
$252.00
1/2 time
$167.00
< 1/2 time
$84.25
 

Chapter 1607
Training Time
90 days but < 1 year of service
1 year of service or more
2 years of service or more
 
Full-time
$570.40
$855.60
$1,140.80
3/4 time
$427.80
$641.70
$855.60
1/2 time
$285.20
$427.80
$570.40
< 1/2 time *
$285.20
$427.80
$570.40
1/4 time *
$142.60
$213.90
$285.20
*Tuition and Fees ONLY. Payment cannot exceed the listed amount.

The Post 9-11 GI Bill will pay eligible individuals based on qualifying eligibility tiers. This means you will receive a percentage of the payment.
 

Tuition and Fees

Public Schools – Your full tuition and fees will be paid directly to the school if you are being charged in-state tuition.
 
Private or foreign schools – Your tuition & fees payments are capped at $17,500 per academic year.
If you are attending a more expensive private school or a public school as a non-resident out-of-state student, a program exists which may help to reimburse the difference. This program is called the “Yellow Ribbon Program”. (Click on the link for more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program, not everyone is eligible for the program).

Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA)

The MHA is based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school (use the school’s zip code). For those enrolled solely in distance learning the housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents ($673.50 for the 2011 academic year). For those attending foreign schools (schools without a main campus in the U.S.) the BAH rate is fixed at $1,347.00 for the 2011 academic year. (Active duty students & their spouses cannot receive the MHA). 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.

 

Stipend for Books and Supplies

This is an annual payment of up to $1000 per academic year, and is paid proportionately based on enrollment.

 

Information and paperwork you should have when you apply:

Dates and service
You will need dates and service status for each period of military service. These dates are used to determine your percentage of entitlement.
 
The Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit level is based on your aggregate qualifying active duty service, which is total service, including separate periods. Payback time for ROTC or Service Academy does not count as qualifying service.

$600 Buy-Up Program
You must be a member of a Ready Reserve component (Selected Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve, or Inactive National Guard) to participate in the Buy-Up Program.

Members of a Ready Reserve Component may contribute up to an additional $600 to the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution, you may receive up to $5400 in additional GI Bill benefits. The additional $600 contribution is not payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Documents
The documents needed are: DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty for most recent period of active duty, transcripts for all periods of education after high school, and your Kicker Contract (the Department of Defense may be able to provide this information if you cannot locate a copy of the contract).

OPTIONAL
: The routing or transit number and account number of a bank account to allow direct deposit of benefits.
If you are entitled to direct payment of benefits, such as the monthly living allowance, a stipend for books and supplies, and/or the one-time rural benefit payment, the funds can be deposited directly to your bank account, giving you the fastest access to your payments. The routing or transit number and the number of the account will be required during the application process.

Apply for Benefits
When you have decided which education benefit is best for you, you'll need to submit your application. You can either submit your application online or by mail or, if you know what school you plan to attend, your school may be able to help you prepare and submit your application.

You may submit your application online or through the mail.

Online application
You can use the VONAPP Veterans Online Applications website to fill out and submit your application online. You can use the information you gathered while using this tool to help complete your application.

You may be asked to provide some additional forms if you apply online. If you have access to a scanner, you can scan these forms and submit them online.

If you have trouble with the application process, you can call a VA Education Case Manager (1-888-GIBill1) to ask for help.
 
Paper application 
You can submit a paper application on Form 22-1990 by mail to the VA Regional Processing Office. You can mail the form to the region of your home address, or, if you know what school you want to attend, the VA Regional Processing Office for the region of the school's physical address.

It will make it easier for the VA to determine what benefits you qualify for if you send a copy of the following documents:

Your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD form 214) for all periods of active duty service
  1. DD Form 2384, also known as the Notice of Basic Eligibility, if applying for the Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserves (chapter 1606)
  2. Copies of orders if activated from the guard/reserves
  3. Supporting documents (e.g., vouchers, statements) for buy-up or buy-in contributions, which may allow you to make a small initial payment so that you can receive a higher monthly payment.
  4. College fund "kicker" contracts for additional monthly payments that you may receive from the Department of Defense through your branch of the Service.
If you have trouble with the application process, you can call a VA Education Case Manager (1-888-GIBill1) to ask for help.
 
I'm still having trouble filling out my application
Many schools have staff members who will help you prepare and submit your application for education benefits (which is also sometimes called Form 22-1990). You may be able to work with this individual, referred to as the School Certifying Official, to fill out your application. To make the process easier, you should bring along these documents:
  • Your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD form 214) for all periods of active duty service
  • DD Form 2384, also known as the Notice of Basic Eligibility, if applying for the Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserves (chapter 1606)
  • Copies of orders if activated from the guard/reserves
  • Supporting documents (e.g., vouchers, statements) for buy-up or buy-in contributions, which may allow you to make a small initial payment so that you can receive a higher monthly payment.
  • College fund “kicker” contracts for additional monthly payments that you may receive from the Department of Defense through your branch of the Service.
After working with you on your application, the school will send the application, along with paperwork from the school itself, to a VA Regional Processing Office.
 
If you have trouble with the application process, you can call a VA Education Case Manager (1-888-GIBill1) to ask for help.
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