Serving in the military is a big commitment. As a military member, you are entitled to receive special educational benefits. These benefits are just some of the many perks available for those willing to sacrifice their lives for our country. If you are in the military and are looking to go to school, read on to learn more about the various GI Bills available.

Post 9/11 GI Bill
September 11th forever changed our nation. In fact, many soldiers decided to enlist post 9/11. To give special incentive to those working in the military, this special bill was created to meet the needs of military personnel in conflict. This bill understands that a conflict situation is not the same as a regular military situation.

With this specific GI bill, you can get funding for tuition, books and other expenses for up to 36 months if you are specifically on active duty, honorably discharged or disabled.

The benefits associated with this bill vary based on time of service and length of service. They offer full tuition reimbursement and partial reimbursement depending on the length of time served. Tuition rates are determined based on the in state tuition requirements for the specific schools. Additionally, there are supplemental programs that can be used to help you pay for school. Let’s look at a couple of these programs:

The Yellow Ribbon Program helps students that decide to go to private schools by finding funding to cover the difference between the allowed reimbursement on the GI Bill and the actual school costs.

Survivor and Dependent Benefits are there to help those that are affected by death or disability of a soldier on active duty. This benefit can be saved for the children until they are of college age. The spouse will have up to 10 years to enjoy tuition assistance and reimbursement. These sources of funding are not only for traditional 4 year universities. They can also be applied toward graduate programs, trade schools and certificate programs. Remember that the selected school and program will need to be approved before funding is issued.

Lastly, the Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill helps those that served at least 6 years of active duty in the military within the last 25 years. It also can assist with tuition and other education related expenses.