Post-9/11 GI Bill Tuition Payments

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Service members pose for a photo after the Fort Knox Army Education Center College Graduation Ceremony. (Nahjier Williams/DVIDS)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill can pay your full resident tuition at a public school. If you are attending a private or foreign school, it will pay up to $27,120.05 per academic year. An academic year is from Aug. 1 to July 31. This amount increases to $28,937.09 on Aug. 1, 2024.

Many private schools can choose to participate in the "Yellow Ribbon" program, which can waive a portion of the difference in the tuition you are charged and the amount covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Be sure to ask your school if it plans to participate in the program.

The amount of tuition and fees covered by the GI Bill is determined by your Post-9/11-GI Bill entitlement percentage, which is based on the number of months you have served on active duty after Sep. 10, 2001. For example, if you have served 24 months on active duty after Sep. 10, 2001, your GI Bill percentage is 80%. If you are attending a public school as an in-state resident and the tuition is $10,000 a semester, you would have 80% of your tuition and fees, or $8,000, paid by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Active-duty time can also include Title 10 mobilizations for reservists and Guard members.

Public schools must charge all eligible veterans who have been out of the military for less than 3 years, their dependents who are using transferred benefits, and dependents using the transferred benefits of active-duty members the resident tuition rate. 

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