The G.I. Bill of Rights, formally known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, became a law on June 22, 1944. The GI Bill® offered a variety of benefits to veterans, including educational assistance. In fact, the law is largely credited in the creation of the American middle class.
By 1956, more than 2.2 million veterans had used their GI Bill benefits to attend a college or university — with an additional 5.6 million using theirs for some type of training program. The GI Bill has evolved since its creation, but it continues to help veterans pursue their educational goals.
The new GI Bill covers the entire cost of a veteran’s undergraduate education at any public college or university in the country — and many private schools. Eligible veterans receive upfront tuition payments made directly to the school, a monthly living stipend and up to $1,000 per year for books.
In addition to a traditional undergraduate education, the Post-9/11 GI Bill may also cover:
Veterans who served at least 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001, and those who were honorably discharged from active duty due to a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001, may be eligible to receive education benefits under the new GI Bill.
Current members of the uniformed services can transfer their New GI Bill benefits to their spouse or dependents. If a servicemember decides to transfer their benefits, they are typically required to serve four additional years.
Additionally, the Marine Gunnery John David Fry Scholarship program offers Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to eligible children of Armed Forces members who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.
In most cases, Servicemembers are able to receive up to 36 months of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. They are entitled to take advantage of this educational assistance for 15 years from their last period of active duty of at least 90 days.
The longer a veteran served in the Armed Forces, the greater the amount of their GI Bill. Benefit amounts include:
The VA makes it easy to apply for New GI Bill benefits. Veterans can apply online, in person at their nearest VA regional office, talk to the VA Certifying Official at their school of choice or call 1-888-GI Bill-1 to have the application mailed to them.
Veterans are encouraged to take advantage of their GI Bill benefits, as it is an invaluable opportunity to help them move on to the next chapter in their lives.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.