Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill Veterans Educational Assistance

On June 30, 2008, the Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act became law. The new GI Bill - cast as a bill for the 21st Century - provides many changes and improvements to the Montgomery GI Bill. However, the new GI Bill has also created a great deal of confusion for veterans, military personnel and college campus veterans' coordinators. The provisions of the Post 9/11 GI Bill are scheduled to take effect on August 1, 2009.

To be eligible for this chapter, you must meet certain qualifications:

- active-duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces or have been honorably discharged with at least 90 aggregate days of active-duty service since September 10, 2001

- performed at least 30 days of continuous active-duty service after September 10, 2001 and were discharged due to a service-connected disability

- be a veteran with at least 90 aggregate days of active-duty service who was released from the armed forces with service characterized as honorable and placed on the retired list, temporary disability retired list, or transferred to the Fleet Reserve or the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve

- be a veteran honorably released after at least 90 aggregate days of active-duty service for a reserve component

- be a veteran discharged or released due to hardship, a condition that existed prior to service or a condition that interfered with duty

Checklist for Texas A&M International University

1.) Apply and be accepted to the university

2.) Complete the VA Application (VA Form 22-1990)

3.) Present discharge documents to the VA Assistant (Located in KL168) (VA Form DD-214)

4.) Complete and submit the "Request for Veteran Certification" form at the Office of the University Registrar.

Please note: As part of our institutional policy, students are not certified until after the 12th class day for Fall and Spring semesters and after the 4th class day for the Summer sessions.

Additional Information

Generally, the Post 9/11 GI Bill provides benefits for up to 36 months. Veterans are limited to a total of 48 months of combined VA education benefits. Veterans who transfer Montgomery GI Bill benefits to the Post 9/11 program are limited to the amount of months remaining from their Montgomery GI Bill benefit.

Individuals are generally eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for 15 years after the veteran's last day of active duty, following at least 90 continuous days of active duty.

The following costs are covered:

-established charges, like tuition and fees, based on the highest-cost full-time undergraduate training program at a state public institution of higher learning

-a monthly housing allowance, which is equivalent to the base housing allowance for an E-5 with dependents, calculated according to the cost of housing in the region where the student is enrolled

-a stipend of up to $1,000 per year is paid for books and supplies, provided proportionally by term - quarter, semester, trimester, etc. (Active-duty members are not eligible.)

The Post 9/11 GI Bill only covers education at institutions of higher learning, such as state and private colleges and universities. The benefit may not be used for flight training, correspondence schools, vocational schools, apprentice programs, on-the-job training programs, national tests or online distance education programs.

Related Information

For additional information, please visit the following website:

-Chapter 33 Pamphlet