For some veterans, the GI Bill has felt somewhat useless. They didn’t feel compelled to be a traditional student, focusing more time and energy on vocational skills. Fast-forward to October 1, 2011, and for those veterans, the GI Bill is suddenly relevant again. Veterans who never before had the desire to attend school, but still wanted to improve themselves, can now use their GI Bill benefit to hone their talents using many out-of-the-classroom options.
Non-college degree (NCD) programs: Non-college degree (NCD) programs offered at non-degree granting schools. Pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees or $17,500,whichever is less. Also pays up to $83 per month for books and supplies.
On-the-job and apprenticeship training: Pays a monthly benefit amount prorated based on time in program and up to $83 per month for books and supplies.
Flight programs: Per academic year, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school or $10,000, whichever is less.
Correspondence training: Per academic year, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school or $8,500, whichever is less.
Housing allowance for distance learning: Payable to students (other than those on active duty) enrolled solely in distance learning. The housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents. The full-time rate for an individual eligible at the 100% eligibility tier would be $673.50 for 2011.
Active duty stipend: Students on active duty will now receive a books and supplies stipend.
Driving, flying, and make-up oh my!?
If you’re a veteran who wants to learn a new trade skill such as HVAC Certification, Truck Driving, EMT Certification, or Barber/Beautician School, your GI Bill will now cover the costs. An active duty stipend for books and supplies could help active duty service members greatly, and make further education more attainable for those unable to attend regular classes and enrolled in distance learning.