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Post 9/11 GI Bill

This information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill was provided by Tim Davis.  To contact Tim click on the "Local 171 Officers" link above.

The new "Post-9/11 GI Bill" offers greater benefits than ever, but
figuring out who gets what can be very confiusing. The following
overview can help ensure you get the most out of this brand new
benefit.TipOnly the VA can verify your personal eligibility for GI Bill
benefits. Be sure to call them at 1-888-GIBILL-1 if you have any
questions about your eligibility status.

In July of 2008 the Post-9/11 GI Bill was signed into law, creating a
new robust education benefits program rivaling the WWII Era GI Bill of
Rights. The new Post 9/11 GI Bill, which goes into effect on August 1,
2009, will provide education benefits for servicemembers who have served
on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001. These benefits
are tiered based on the number of days served on active duty, creating a
benefit package that gives current and previously activated National
Guard and Reserve members the same benefits as active duty
servicemembers.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently accepting applications
for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Once the VA has received your application
they will determine your eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and
issue you a Certificate of Eligibility. You can apply using the VA Form
22-1990 ( http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-22-1990-ARE.pdf ). The
form includes the instructions needed to begin the process.
Although the VA is now accepting applications for the Post-9/11 GI
Bill, it will not actually go into effect until August 1, 2009. This
means that benefits will not be paid for any training or education
programs completed before July 31, 2009.Details on the New GI Bill
Benefit.

 
The New Post-9/11 GI Bill offers a new set of benefits for
servicemembers and veterans attending education and training programs
taken at an accredited college or university. Post-9/11 benefit payments
are tiered based on the amount creditable active-duty service you have
since Sept. 10, 2001.


See the table below to determine your benefit tier
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#tiers

These new education benefits include the following:
Up to 100% Tuition and Fee Coverage
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#tf

A Monthly Living (Housing) Stipend
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#hs

Up to $1000 a year for Books and Supplies
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#book

A One Time Relocation Allowance
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#ra

The Option to Transfer Benefits to Family Members
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#transfer

Other Benefits
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#more

Basic Eligibility Criteria
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#ec

Table of Post-9/11 Benefits - Who Gets What?
The following table offers a quick overview of the Post-9/11 GI Bill
benefits for each major group of recipients who meet the basic
eligibility qualifications
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#ec
listed below.

If
You
Are:
You Qualify
for:
Tuition and Fees
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#tf

Monthly Housing Stipend
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#hs

Book Stipend

http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#book

Able to Transfer Benefits
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#transfer

Yellow Ribbon

http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#yrp

Relocation Allowance

http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#ra

Licensing and Certification Exams

http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/new-gi-bill-overview#more

NOTE 1: Members on active duty receive the full tuition payment - it is
not limited by the state maximum payment rate.
NOTE 2: All students on active duty, those pursuing half-time or less
and those attending 100% distance learning (online, etc.) courses are
not eligible for the Housing Stipend.
NOTE 3: You may only choose to transfer benefits while you are still
serving in the military. Learn more about GI Bill transferability

http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/post-911-gi-bill-transferability-fact-sheet

Tuition and Fees
If you are eligible, VA will pay your tuition & fees payment directly
to the school. This payment is not to exceed the highest undergraduate
tuition & fees rates at a state operated college or university
(Institution of Higher Learning). This payment rate is based on the
state in which the school is located - not your state of residence.
Members on active duty receive the full tuition payment - it is not
limited by the state maximum payment rate.
Learn more about Post-9/11 Tuition and Fee coverage
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/find-your-new-gi-bill-tuition-and-fee-rate

Yellow Ribbon Program - The new GI Bill also includes a provision to
help students avoid some or all of the out-of-pocket tuition and fees
associated with education programs that may exceed the Post 9/11 GI Bill
tuition benefit. The YRP is not automatic, schools must enter into an
agreement with the VA to share the expense.
To qualify to receive the Yellow Ribbon benefits you must meet the
following criteria:
Served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of
at least 36 months;
Were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected
disability and have served a minimum of 30 continuous days after
September 10, 2001; 
Are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the
Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran's service under the eligibility
criteria listed above.

Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/yellow-ribbon-program-explained

Monthly Living Stipend
As an eligible veteran or member of the National Guard or Selected
Reserve you may receive a monthly housing allowance (living stipend)
based on the ZIP code of the location of the school you are attending -
not your home ZIP code. This stipend currently averages $1,200 a month,
but can run as high as $2,700.
This stipend is based on the DoD's Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
http://www.military.com/benefits/military-pay/basic-allowance-for-housing-rates
for an E-5 with dependents. This stipend does not require students to
live on campus.
NOTE: Servicemembers currently on active duty and veterans (and
eligible family members) taking courses on a half-time or less basis
and/or taking 100% of their classes at a distance (online etc.) do not
qualify for the monthly housing stipend.Book and Supply Stipend
You may receive an annual book stipend of up to $1,000 if you are a
veteran or member of the Guard or Selected Reserve. This stipend will be
paid at the beginning of each term. It is paid proportionately based on
the number of credits taken by each student at $41 per credit hour.
NOTE: Servicemembers currently on active duty are not eligible for the
Book Stipend.One-Time Relocation Allowance
You may also receive a one-time rural relocation benefit payment of
$500.00 to help cover the cost of relocating from a rural location to
attend school.
To qualify you must:
Be an otherwise eligible veteran.
Reside in a county with 6 persons or less per square mile (as
determined by the most recent decennial census) and:
Either physically relocate at least 500 miles to attend an educational
institution
- or -
Travel by air to physically attend an educational institution if no
other land-based transportation exists.
Benefit Transferability
The Department of Defense (DoD) is authorized to allow individuals who,
on or after August 1, 2009, have served at least 6 years in the Armed
Forces and who agree to serve at least another 4 years in the Armed
Forces to transfer unused entitlement to their Spouse. Once the member
has reached their 10 year anniversary they may choose to transfer the
benefit to any dependent(s) (spouse, children). The Department of
Defense may, by regulation, impose additional eligibility requirements
and limit the number of months transferable to not less than 18 months.

NOTE: DoD must develop regulations and provide VA with eligibility
information before the VA can make payments under this provision. The
ability to transfer benefits is limited to those currently serving in
the military with some limited provisions for those retiring over the
next few years.
Learn more about transferability
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/post-911-gi-bill-transferability-fact-sheet

Other Benefits
In addition to the tuition, fees, housing, and relocation benefits, you
may also qualify for a one-time reimbursement of up to $2,000 for a
certification or licencing exam, work-study programs, and $100 a month
for tutorial assistance. 

Eligibility Criteria for Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits
You are eligible if you served a minimum of 90 days on active duty
after September 10, 2001.  This covers active duty served as a member of
the Armed Forces or as a result of a call or order to active duty from a
reserve component (National Guard and Reserve) under certain sections of
title 10.  However, some periods of active duty service are excluded. Periods of
service under the following do not count toward qualification for the
Post 9/11 GI Bill:
Active Guard Reserve (AGR) (Title 32);
ROTC under 10 U.S.C. 2107(b);
Service academy contract period;
Service terminated due to defective enlistment agreement;
Service used for loan repayment; and
Selected reserve service used to establish eligibility under the
Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB chapter 30), MGIB for Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR
Chapter 1606), or the Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP chapter
1607).

Further Details From the VA:
At a minimum, you must have served at least 30 days of continuous
active duty service after September 10, 2001 and be discharged due to a
service-connected disability, or served an aggregate of 90 days of
active duty service after September 10, 2001, and:
Be honorably discharged from Armed Forces; or
Be released from Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable
and placed on the retired list, temporary disability retired list, or
transferred to the Fleet Reserve or the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve; or
Be released from the Armed Forces with service characterized as
honorable for further service in a reserve component; or
Be discharged or released from Armed Forces for:
EPTS (Existed Prior to Service)
HDSP (Hardship) or
CIWD (Condition Interfered with Duty); or
Continue to be on active duty.
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. If
you are an active-duty, National Guard, Selected Reserve member, or
veterans who has served on active-duty for 90 or more days since Sept.
10, 2001 the following table applies:

Post-9/11 Service
Percentage of Maximum Amount Payable

At least 36 cumulative months
(Includes Entry Level or Skills Training time)
100%

At least 30 continuous days on active duty and discharged due to
service-connected disability
(Includes Entry Level or Skills Training time)
100%

At least 30 cumulative months
(Includes Entry Level or Skills Training time)
90%

At least 24 cumulative months
(Cannot include Entry Level or Skills Training time)
80%

At least 18 cumulative months
(Cannot include Entry Level or Skills Training time)
70%

At least 12 cumulative months
(Cannot include Entry Level or Skills Training time)
60%

At least 6 cumulative months
(Cannot include Entry Level or Skills Training time)
50%

90 aggregate days
(Cannot include Entry Level or Skills Training time)
40%

The following links will help you learn more about this exciting new GI
Bill program:
New Post-9/11 FAQs (
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/20-top-faqs-for-new-gi-bill
)
Yellow Ribbon Program Overview (
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/yellow-ribbon-program-explained
)
Guide to Choosing the Right GI Bill  (
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/guidance-for-choosing-between-gi-bill-programs
)
Find Your State's Tuition and Fee Payment Rate (
http://www.military.com/money-for-school/gi-bill/find-your-new-gi-bill-tuition-and-fee-rate
)
GI Bill Transferability Fact Sheet (
http://military-education.military.com/ )
Military Education Blog ( http://military-education.military.com/ )
VA GI Bill Web site ( http://www.gibill.va.gov/ )

Only the VA can verify your personal eligibility for GI Bill benefits.
Be sure to call them at 1-888-GIBILL-1 if you have any questions about
your eligibility status.
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