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Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Department of Veterans Affairs

Objectives:

To help servicepersons adjust to civilian life after separation from military service, assist in the recruitment and retention of highly qualified personnel in the active and reserve components in the Armed Forces by providing education benefits, and to provide educational opportunities to the dependents of certain service members and veterans.

Funding obligations:

(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 09 $162,053,000; FY 10 est $7,363,987,000; FY 11 est $8,618,638,000

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Participants may pursue approved programs of education offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL). Participants may also receive reimbursement for an approved licensing or certification test. Participants may pursue approved programs of education offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL). Participants may also receive reimbursement for an approved licensing or certification test.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Not Applicable.

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: 510,149 trained. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:

Direct Payments for Specified Use

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

The amount of educational assistance an individual is entitled to varies based on the amount of time served on active duty, the amount of tuition and fees charged, and the Basic Allowance for Housing payable for an E-5 with dependents in the zip code where the student attends school. In most cases, the benefits last for 36 (48 months when combined with other VA education benefits) calendar months of full-time training. The work-study allowance is limited to the higher of the Federal minimum wage or the State minimum wage where the work is performed. Tutorial assistance may not exceed $1200 and reimbursement for a licensing or certification test may not exceed $2000. The rural benefit is a one-time payment of $500.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Lump sum payments for tuition and fees and the Yellow Ribbon Program are issued directly to the IHL on behalf of the student. Students generally receive monthly payments of the housing allowance and a lump sum payment of the books and supplies stipend. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Lump sum payments for tuition and fees and the Yellow Ribbon Program are issued directly to the IHL on behalf of the student. Students generally receive monthly payments of the housing allowance and a lump sum payment of the books and supplies stipend.

Applicant Eligibility:

What follows is not a complete list of eligibility requirements. For more information on the latest changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill go to the VA web-site address listed below. Individuals who entered active duty after September 10, 2001 may be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Individuals can use the Post-9/11 GI Bill after serving 90 days on active duty (excluding entry level and skill training). Only periods of active duty under title 10 will be used to establish eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. A high school diploma or equivalency certificate is always required for eligibility. Individuals who are eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (chapter 30), the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (chapter 1606), or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) will have to make an irrevocable election to relinquish eligibility under one of those benefit programs to establish eligibility under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The dependent children of a person who died in the line of duty while serving as a member of the Armed Forces may be eligible to use benefits under the Fry Scholarship provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The spouse and/or child(ren) of a veteran or service member may be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill if the veteran or service member transfers entitlement to those dependents. Eligibility to transfer entitlement to dependents is determined by the Department of Defense.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

As stated above under Applicant Eligibility.

Award Procedure:

Awards are authorized at the designated VA Regional Processing Office.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Michelle Staton, 810 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20420 Email: michelle.staton@va.gov Phone: (202) 461-9800.

Website Address:

http://www.GIBILL.va.gov

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