Post-9/11 Gl Bill (Chapter 33): General Information for ARNG Soldiers Who is eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 Gl Bill? Individuals who serve at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001 are eligible. To be eligible for 100% of the benefit, an individual must have served an aggregate of 36 months of active duty service, or have been discharged for a service-connected disability after 30 days of continuous service. NOTE: Active-duty service time required by graduates of a Service Academy or ROTC does not count toward the three years necessary to qualify for full benefits.
For those who served fewer than 36 months, the percentage of benefit ranges from 40% to 90%:
- 90% - 30 total months - 80% - 24 total months
- 70% -18 total months - 60% - 12 total months
- 50% - 6 total months - 40% - 90 or more days.
For example, an individual with five months of qualifying service could receive 40% of the tuition benefit, 40% of the monthly housing allowance, and a maximum of $400 books and supplies stipend. Veterans must have an honorable discharge or other qualifying discharge (e.g. hardship, condition interfering with duty, etc.) to be eligible.
What benefits do students receive under the Post-9/11 Gl Bill?
Depending on each individual's situation, benefits could include payment of tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, a stipend for books and supplies, and a Yellow Ribbon benefit. Post-9/11 Gl Bill benefits differ from other education assistance programs in that each type of payment is issued separately, with some payments made directly to the school and others issued to the individual.
Tuition and Fees: These payments are issued to the school on behalf of the individual at the time the certificate of enrollment is processed
- Not on Title 10 active duty: For individuals not on active duty, the amount is prorated according to length of service. The amount paid is limited to the highest amount of tuition and fees charged for full-time, undergraduate training at a public institution of higher learning in the state where the student is enrolled. (A chart of maximum in-state tuition and
fees for 2008-2009 is on the VA Gl Bill website at http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_lnfo/CH33/Tuition_and_fees.htm.)
- On Title 10 active duty: Individuals on Title 10 active duty may receive the total amount of tuition and fees. The amount is not limited to the state maximum.
Monthly living stipend: Based on BAH for an E-5 with dependents in school's zip code. This payment is issued directly to the student at the beginning of each month for education and training pursued the previous month. The amount is prorated based on length of service. Check http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/perdiem/bah.html for rates. NOTE: Title 10
Active duty personnel are not eligible for the Post-9/11 Gl Bill monthly housing allowance. Students enrolled at half-time or less and/or taking 100% of their courses at a distance (online, etc.) are also not eligible for the housing allowance. Books and supplies stipend: Up to $1000/year payment issued directly to the student when the school certifies and VA processes the enrollment. This benefit is paid proportionately at $41.67 per credit and is prorated based on length of
service. NOTE: Title 10 Active duty personnel are not eligible for the Post-9/11 Gl Bill books and supplies stipend. Yellow Ribbon payments: The Yellow Ribbon Program allows degree-granting institutions to enter into a voluntary agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate for individuals eligible for the 100% payment tier. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will
match the same amount as the institution. This payment is issued to the school when the school certifies and VA processes the student's enrollment. (For details http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_lnfo/CH33/Yellow_ribbon.htm.)
What kind of education and training does the Post-9/11 Gl Bill cover?
Approved training under the Post-9/11 Gl Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees. All training programs must be offered by a degree-granting institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for Gl Bill benefits. Additionally, tutorial assistance and reimbursement for one licensing or certification test are available under the Post- 9/11 Gl Bill. NOTE: If an individual is eligible for the Post 9/11 Gl Bill as well as other Gl Bill benefits, s/he will be required to make an irrevocable choice of which benefit to receive. Individuals who were previously eligible for the Montgomery Gl Bill-Active Duty (MGIB-AD, Chapter 30), Montgomery Gl Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR, Chapter 1606), or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP, Chapter 1607) may continue to receive benefits for approved programs not offered by degree-granting institutions. These programs include flight, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, preparatory courses, and national tests. Individuals in these programs will be paid as if they are still receiving benefits under Chapters 30, 1606, and 1607.
When will benefits be paid? The Post-9/11 Gl Bill is effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. What is the eligibility period? The period of eligibility for the Post 9/11 Gl Bill ends 15 years from the date of the last discharge or release from active duty of at least: 90 consecutive days
30 days but less than 90 days if released for a service-connected disability Or 15 years from the date of discharge for the last period of service used to meet the minimum service requirements of 90 aggregate days of service.
For more information go to: http://www.qibill.va.gov
or call toll-free 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
Post-9/11 Gl Bill (Chapter 33): Transferability for ARNG Soldiers Who is eligible to transfer Post-9/11 Gl Bill benefits to qualified dependents? Individuals who are currently serving in the Armed Forces (on or after 1 Aug 09), have completed at least 6
years of service, and agree to serve up to four more years (must not have an Adverse Action Flag). Extension must be made on the date of election for transferability and must add the amount of time to current ETS to equal four years from this date. The following table applies to retirement eligible members: Retirement Eligibility
Eligible to retire or 20 year letter on 01 Aug 09
Approved to retire between 2 Aug 09 and 30 Jun 2010
Eligible to retire or 20 year letter on or after 2 August 2009 and before 2 August 2010
Eligible to retire or 20 year letter on or after 2 August 2010 and before 2 August 2011
Eligible to retire or 20 year letter on or after 2 August 2011 and before 2 August 2012
Service members can transfer up to 36 months of entitlements to their spouse and/or children. Can add. revoke or modify transferability benefits while serving in the Armed Forces. Retirees or separated service members cannot transfer benefits; they can only revoke or modify existing transferred benefits. Spouses
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Can use benefits after service member has served at least 6 years in the armed forces Can use benefits up to member's 15 yr eligibility period unless member specifies an earlier date Can use benefits if divorced after the transfer (unless revoked by Service member) Not eligible for housing allowance or book stipend if Service member is on Title 10 Active Duty
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Can transfer to unmarried child under age of 18, or if in college, under the age of 23 May use benefits after transferor has served 10 years in the Armed Forces Will receive full veteran benefits even if transferor is on active duty (housing and books) May use benefits until age of 26 regardless of transferor's eligibility period
May continue to receive benefits after marriage
Army National Guard Procedures to Transfer benefits (must be done in sequence) • Soldier confirms current ETS date meets required service obligation - extends contract if necessary •
allows processing time for extension Soldier confirms desired family member enrolled in DEERS
Soldier - logs onto DOD TEB Website (https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/TEB) completes request for transfer
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(Warning: Transferring entitlements will automatically make an irrevocable election of Chapter 33). Soldier complete the Post 9/11 Educational Benefits Transferability Commitment and Statement of Understanding" (SOU) form at: Mps.V/minuteman.nqb.army.mil/benefits and upload the SOU Soldiers request is approved by ARNG Gl Bill Support Team and notification is sent to Soldiers AKO email address
Family member completes (VA Form 22-1990e) (only when benefit is needed) with the Department of Veterans Affairs online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp Department of Veterans affairs processing family members application and provides Certificate of Eligibility to family member
Family member brings Certificate to Veterans Affairs Certifying Office at the school they are/will attend
to begin payment of benefit
ARNG Gl Bill Support Team Education Support Center ATTN: ARNG Gl Bill Support Team
Support Team Numbers Email: qibill.ch33(a?pec.nqb.army.mil 1-866-628-5999
Box 46, Camp Robinson North Little Rock, Arkansas 72199-9600
Veteran's Affairs 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) http://vwAv.qibill.va.gov