DEFINITION of Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a U.S. law that provides benefits to military veterans who have taken part in active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001. To be eligible for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, an applicant must have served for at least 90 days and still be on active duty or been honorably discharged or discharged for a disability related to serving. The bill was passed into law in 2008.
BREAKING DOWN Post-9/11 GI Bill
This Post-9/11 GI Bill, along with the original G.I. Bill (1944) and Montgomery G.I. Bill (1984), represent a continued effort by the federal government to provide benefits to veterans returning from duty. The original G.I. Bill was created in response to the failure of the U.S. government to provide benefits to veterans of WWI, the lack of which resulted in protests during the Great Depression.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Eligibility
Servicemembers may be eligible if they served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following Sept. 10, 2001.
Children of a member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 may be eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits under the Marine Gunnery John David Fry Scholarship Program.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits
The Post-9/11 G.I. bill provides funding for training, as well as tuition assistance to veterans. The Bill provides up to three years of benefits and can be used by a veteran up to 15 years after qualifying. An update to the Bill, The Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, expanded eligibility to members of the National Guard and Active Guard and Reserve.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill has several facets including:
- Up to 100% Tuition and Fee Coverage (up to the national average of $22,805.34)
- A Monthly Housing Allowance (based on where the school is located)
- Up to $1000 a year for Books and Supplies
- A One-Time Relocation Allowance
- The Option to Transfer Benefits to Family Members
- The Yellow Ribbon Program (Partial support to attend private or out-of-state universities)
If you are a qualified Servicemember, you can transfer all 36 months or a portion of your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a spouse or child. The Department of Defense must approve a transfer of benefits.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefit Tiers
All Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit payments are based on the amount of creditable active-duty service each veteran has since Sept. 10, 2001. The following percentage of benefits apply based on Post-9/11 active-duty service:
- 100% - Requires at least 36 cumulative months (Includes Entry Level or Skills Training time)
- 100% - Requires at least 30 continuous days on active duty and discharged due to service-connected disability (Includes Entry Level or Skills Training time)
- 90% Requires at least 30 cumulative months (Includes Entry Level or Skills Training time)
- 80% - Requires at least 24 cumulative months (Includes include Entry Level or Skills Training time)
- 70% - Requires at least 18 cumulative months (Cannot include Entry Level or Skills Training time)
- 60% - Requires at least 12 cumulative months (Cannot include Entry Level or Skills Training time)
- 50% - Requires at least 6 cumulative months (Cannot include Entry Level or Skills Training time)
- 40% - Requires 90 aggregate days (Cannot include Entry Level or Skills Training time)