Tuition payments under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) are made directly to the school for the entire quarter, semester or term. Thanks to New GI Bill 2.0, the old complicated and unfair state tuition cap system was abolished starting August 2011. The new tuition system will expedite processing of GI Bill benefits and give students a generous benefit that they can count on year to year.
Tuition benefits vary depending on whether the student is attending a public or a private college. The VA will cover:
Public Schools: 100% of in-state tuition/fees. This includes tuition/fees for any undergraduate or graduate program. Out-of-state students will also receive the in-state rates starting in or around May 2015.
Private Schools: $20,235.02/year. This rate will increase annually, indexed to the rising cost of tuition nationally (approximately 5%/year).
More expensive schools may participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to make attendance more affordable. If you want to know how much tuition/fees your benefits will cover let out GI Bill benefits calculator do the math for you.
If a veteran goes to a cheaper school than the cap, he or she will not receive a check for the difference between the actual tuition cost and the tuition cap.
Veterans who have served less than three years on active duty since September 10, 2001, qualify for a percentage of the tuition benefits under Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33). The VA will pay a percentage of the tuition and fees charged, regardless of whether those charges are well below the state caps. Our GI Bill benefits calculator will handle this rule as well. See details under the eligibility requirements for Active Duty or National Guard/Reserves.
Although typically the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) provides a higher benefit than previous programs, some veterans may receive a higher benefit from MGIB (Chapter 30) or REAP (Chapter 1607). For more guidance on which program is right for you, please check out our GI Bill benefits calculator.
Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) offers a total 36 months of education benefits, the equivalent of four academic years.