Changes to Post-9/11 GI Bill Becomes Law

President Obama recently signed into law the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 which includes many changes to the educational benefits available to Veterans.  The changes will not become effective until later this year; some changes are effective August 1 and others not until October 1.  The law is an attempt to simplify the complicated system of paying for these educational benefits and to make the system more equitable.  It remains the most generous education benefit for Veterans since World War II.  Some of the changes include:

Effective 8/1/11:

  • All public school tuition and fees, including graduate and out-of-state tuition differential will be paid – eliminating the process of setting a cap on tuition and fees for every state.  Instead, a single, nationwide cap of $17,500 for tuition and fee reimbursement has been set. 
  • Reimbursement will be available for multiple licensing and certification tests as well as fees paid for national examinations for admission to education programs, such as the SAT, ACT, LSAT, and GMAT. 
  • Those participating in Vocational Rehabilitation can receive the higher housing allowance offered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, if otherwise eligible.
  • There will be no break or interval housing pay between semesters, unless issued by an executive order because of an emergency.

Effective 10/1/11:

  • The $1000 per year book stipend will be payable to active-duty members and their spouses using transferred benefits.
  • A housing allowance will be available for students enrolled solely in distance learning/on-line classes at the rate of one-half the national average living stipend.
  • On-the-job training, some flight training, and some other non-degree programs will be paid.
  • For reservists and Guardsmen, time served supporting emergencies will be credited to their time requirement for educational benefits.

For more information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, see: http://www.gibill.va.gov/.

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