One of the biggest benefits of joining the military is the school benefits you gain for serving your country. These school benefits sometimes are the very motivating factor for people to take the oath and agree to serve their country. There are many different variations of school benefits the Department of Veterans Affairs provide to service members who meet the criteria to receive these benefits. We will discuss the Post 9/11 GI Bill, what it provides, and the basic criteria service members need to meet to be eligible.
Post 9/11 GI Bill, also referred to as Chapter 33, is a benefit provided by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs that helps eligible veterans pay for school or job training. If you served on active duty after September 10th, 2001, this benefit may be available for you. This education benefit will cover up to 36 months (48 with other met requirements) of public, in-state tuition and fees at a qualifying institution. The benefit also offers the veteran a stipend for a housing allowance, which is calculated based on the cost of living where your school is located and the number of credit hours you are taking per semester.
This program will also provide money for veterans to obtain the books and supplies needed for their classes taken. There is an allowance for individuals that are moving from rural areas to attend their prospective school, they give a travel allowance to offset the cost to get to your destination. These are just the basics of what this benefit offers to veterans who are wanting to go pursue their education after getting out of the military. Many veterans who don’t have a definitive plan after they transition out, utilize this benefit to at least add some sort of income to their household. Below are the basic eligibility criteria for the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Post 9/11 GI Bill ( Chapter 33) Benefit Eligibility Criteria:
At least one of the following must be true:
- You served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service) on or after September 11, 2001, or
- You received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
- You served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break in service) on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability, or
- You’re a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying Veteran or service member