By now the news that the Post 9/11 GI Bill has been officially changed has seeped into the cracks of the news reports everywhere. The details of the exact changes and when they take effect are below.
Taking effect on August 1, 2011:
- All State-School tuition and fees are paid by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. This now also includes Graduate training. As a rule of thumb, state schools are those with names such as University of Missouri, or Illinois State University. If you are unsure of your school’s public or private nature, simply check with the admission’s department.
- Students attending private or foreign Universities now are allotted a yearly cap of $17,500. Many of these private schools made up the difference in the costs via the Yellow Ribbon Program. This program still exists.
- Payments will now be made monthly. Previously the entire amount per semester was paid at the beginning of that semester.
- Students designated at half-time or less are now eligible to receive monthly payments.
- The costs for Certification or Licensing tests are now reimbursable. This applies even for multiple tests.
- Likewise, the fees to take admissions exams are also reimbursable. Examples of these exams are the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT.
- Those attending Vocational Rehabilitation are now able to apply for the housing allowance allotted by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. These are students who are not using the Post 9/11 GI Bill to pay for their Vocational Rehabilitation, but are eligible for it. Those using the Post 9/11 GI Bill are already receiving this higher allowance by default.
- No payments are made during breaks or school intervals. The amount of time skipped over by this is simply added on to the end of the 36 months of allotted time in which to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill. This means no payments during Summer , Christmas, or Spring Breaks. Students may need to make other financial arrangements to have enough funds over these periods. Please check with your school to be sure of the date of all breaks, so you are not caught unaware. This can only be changed if the President orders it as relief in case of national emergency. This includes housing allowance as well as tuition payments. If the semester begins or ends in the middle of the month, that month’s housing payment will be prorated for the appropriate number of days.
- The dependents of NOAA and PHS personnel are now able to receive a transfer of benefit entitlement.
Effective October 1, 2011
- The housing allowance is now prorated for students enrolled more than half time. This means that students enrolled full time will receive 100% of their housing allowance; while students enrolled “3/4” time will receive 75% of their housing allowance.
- Students enrolled only in distance learning, which includes online classes are now able to receive a housing allowance. This amount will be one half the national average BAH of an E-5 with dependents.
- Previously not covered programs that can now be paid for with Post 9/11 GI Bill funds include non-degree programs, on-the-job training, and flight training.
- Active duty military members who are using the GI Bill to pay for their school while on active duty are now eligible to receive the book stipend.
Additionally, National Guard members mobilized with Title 32 orders on or after Sept 11, 2001 are now eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. While applications for the Post 9/11 GI Bill can be submitted by these eligible National Guard members, payment of benefits cannot begin before October 1, 2011.
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