The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides you with assistance for tuition and fees, gives a monthly housing allowance to those who qualify, and gives an annual books and supplies stipend. Here we explain how to get your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
Want to use your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for your education? Here’s what you need to do.
Make Sure You Qualify
You want to make sure you do qualify for these GI Bill benefits. In order to do so, you need to have at least one of these things be true:
Serve at least 90 days on active duty, either all at once or with breaks in service, on or after September 11, 2001.
Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001 and were honorably discharged after any amount of service.
Served for at least 30 continuous days, all at once, without a break in service, on or after September 11, 2001, and be honorably discharged with a service-connected disability.
Children and spouses can also use these benefits if the service member or veteran has been able to transfer their benefits to them.
The amount of your benefit will depend on how much active service you have had since September 10, 2001. The amount is based on a % of the maximum benefit. You can view the GI Bill Comparison Tool to see what benefits you can qualify for.
Benefits take an average of 30 days to process and once you apply, you will not be able to make changes on your application.
After You Apply
After your benefits have been processed and approved, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or award letter in the mail. You will need to then bring that to the VA certifying official at your school.