The GI Bill® – and its derivatives like the Post-9/11 GI Bill – continues to help Veterans, service members, family members and dependents achieve their academic and vocational goals.
Legislation such as the Isakson and Roe Act and the Colmery Act build on the GI Bill and expand educational benefits. Here’s a list from our Postcard Series of things you might not have known about your expanded benefits:
- Increased Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit levels for fewer months of service: VA pays Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at different rates (known as benefit levels) based on length of service. If you receive less than the 100% benefit level, VA has expanded the benefit level for those with fewer months of service. Check out the GI Bill comparison tool to see your benefit level. Review the Consolidation of Benefit Levels Postcard for additional information.
Additional school funding available: Are you interested in attending an out-of-state, private, or graduate school but concerned about the cost? The Yellow Ribbon Program may be able to help.
If you qualify and your school is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, your school will contribute a certain amount toward tuition and fee costs that exceed the maximum GI Bill benefit (the exact amount varies by school), which VA will then match. You may be eligible if you qualify for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Purple Heart recipients who were awarded on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged, are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, along with Fry Scholars.
- See if your school participates with the Yellow Ribbon Search Tool and learn more about the program in the Yellow Ribbon Postcard.
- Additional Benefits for STEM students: Are you a Post-9/11 GI Bill student currently training in a high-demand Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) field? If so, the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship may be able to provide additional benefits if you have exhausted or are about to exhaust your entitlement. This scholarship is meant to help you join the STEM workforce, which is expected to grow by 8.8% from 2018-2028, and had a median annual wage of $84,000 in 2018.
Eligibility now includes those enrolled in qualifying dual-secondary degrees, along with health care professions who earned a qualifying STEM degree and are enrolled in a covered clinical training program. Check out our Rogers STEM Scholarship postcard for a brief overview.
- Reimbursement for Test Fees: Are you interested in taking a licensing or certification exam, or a national test, using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits? You can also use your GI Bill entitlement to cover the cost of certain exams.
VA will now prorate the entitlement charges under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on the actual amount of the fee charged for the tests rather than automatically charging one month of entitlement. Entitlement will also cover preparatory courses for licensure and certification tests (preparatory courses for national tests are already payable). Check out the Test Fees Postcard to learn more.
Interested in learning more about the opportunities made possible through the Post-9/11 GI Bill? Review a full breakdown here. We also encourage you to contact your School Certifying Official or call the VA Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 (domestic) or 001-918-781-5678 (foreign) if you have additional questions.