GI Bill Educational Benefits
The VA pays benefits to eligible Veterans, reservists and active duty service members while they are in an approved education or training program. (See: How a school gets a program approved for GI Bill benefits below)
Education and Training:
Additional information can be found at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill or by calling 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
Post-9/11 GI Bill:
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for Servicemembers and Veterans who served on active duty after Sept.10, 2001. Benefits are payable for training pursued on or after Aug. 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Eligibility:
To be eligible, the Servicemember or Veteran must serve at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, and remain on active duty or be honorably dis-charged. Active duty includes active service performed by National Guard members under title 32 U.S.C. for the purposes of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the National Guard; or under section 502(f) for the purpose of responding to a national emergency. Veterans may also be eligible if they were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001. Generally, Service-members or Veterans may receive up to 36 months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Eligibility for benefits expires 15 years from the last period of active duty of at least 90 consecutive days. If released for a service-con-nected disability after at least 30 days of continuous service, eligibil–ity ends 15 years from when the member is released for the service-connected disability.
- For more information, download, view or print our easy-to-read Veteran Voc Rehab, Education and Employment Benefit handbook: