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
Note: If you are attending a public IHL as a non-resident student or a private IHL that is more expensive than the $21,970 cap you may be eligible for extra payment under the Yellow Ribbon program. See “Yellow Ribbon payments” below.
NOTE: If an individual is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill as well as other GI Bill benefits, s/he will be required to make an irrevocable choice of which benefit to receive.
What is the period of eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill?
The period of eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill ends 15-years from the date of the last discharge or release from active duty of at least: 90 consecutive days; Or, 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.
Can I transfer my entitlement to my dependents?
You must be a member of the uniformed services to transfer your unused benefits to your spouse or dependent(s). Generally, you must agree to serve four more years when transferring benefits. For more information visit our website at Post 9-11 GI Bill Transferability.
Benefit Comparison Tools
For many eligible participants, the Post-9/11 GI Bill is a better solution than other education benefit programs, such as the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty, Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve and the Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP). However, this decision depends on several factors, including the type of education or training you plan to take and the amount of benefits received under each program. Visit the VA website for Benefit Comparison Tools.