The New GI Bill - Calculator
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New GI Bill Benefits Calculator

Welcome to IAVA's New GI Bill Calculator. You fought hard to earn your benefits, and IAVA is committed to empowering new veterans like you for future success. Have any questions before getting started? Click here to visit the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Eligibility
Cumulative Active Duty since 9/11/01
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Select a school/employer
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Enter your school/employer details below.
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ZIP code of School/Employer
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Location:
OJT/Apprenticeship Program
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Public or Private School?
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School offers degrees? (AA, BA, etc.)
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Pursuing a flight school program?
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All online courses?
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Enrolled before Jan 2011?
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BENEFIT ESTIMATOR
School name
Tuition & Fees
Living Allowance
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Books and Supplies
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Term Type
How many terms?
per year
How long is each term?
Enrolling in Summer courses?
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How long is Summer term?
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Enrollment Details
Length of Apprenticeship/OJT
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months
Approximate hours per month
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Number of credits enrolled per term:
Term 1
Fall Term
credits
Term 2
Winter Term
credits
Term 3
Spring Term
credits
Term 4
Summer Term
credits
What is considered full-time?
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Full-time during the summer?
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Tuition/Fee Costs
In-state student?
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Full Year Tuition
Full Year Tuition/Fees
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Full Year Fees
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Full Year Tuition/Fees
In-State Rate for Tuition/Fees
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Tuition Cost per Credit
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Fees by Term
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Cost per Credit
In-State Cost per Credit
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Fees by Term
In-State Fees by Term
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Term 1 Tuition/Fees
Fall Tuition/Fees
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Term 1 Fees
Fall Fees
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Term 1 In-State Rate
Fall In-State Rate
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Term 2 Tuition/Fees
Winter Tuition/Fees
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Term 2 Fees
Winter Fees
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Term 2 In-State Rate
Winter In-State Rate
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Term 3 Tuition/Fees
Spring Tuition/Fees
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Term 3 Fees
Spring Fees
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Term 3 In-State Rate
Spring In-State Rate
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Term 4 Tuition/Fees
Summer Tuition/Fees
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Term 4 Fees
Summer Fees
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Term 4 In-State Rate
Summer In-State Rate
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Financial Aid
Is your school a Yellow Ribbon school?
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How much is your school contributing?
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per year
Receiving financial aid?
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Include only tuition-specific aid. Do NOT include any federal aid such as Pell grants or student loans.
Military Tuition Assistance/ROTC
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per year
State Tuition Assistance
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per year
Academic/Private Scholarships
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per year
Other Information
Veteran still on Active Duty?
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Who will be using the benefit?
Eligible for a kicker bonus?
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Kicker bonus amount
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per month
My New GI Bill Calculator Results
My New GI Bill Calculator Results
Total
Summer
Term 4
Spring
Term 3
Winter
Term 2
Fall
Term 1
25+ mo
19-24 mo
13-18 mo
7-12 mo
1-6 mo
/yr
Tuition/Fees
/yr
Yellow Ribbon
/mo/yr
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/mo
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Living Allowance
/mo/yr
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Book Stipend
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TOTAL
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Out of Pocket Tuition and Fees Costs [info]
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Do you want to calculate your Old GI Bill Benefits?
Longest Consecutive Active Duty Tour
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Did you pay $1,200 "buy-in" for Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)?
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Utilized "buy-up" program for MGIB?
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How much did you "buy-up"?
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Currently serving in the Reserves/National Guard?
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Ever serve in the IRR?
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Length of longest deployment
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months
Date of Discharge
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(MM/DD/YYYY)
My Old GI Bill Results
My Old GI Bill Results
Total
Summer
Term 4
Spring
Term 3
Winter
Term 2
Fall
Term 1
25+ mo
19-24 mo
13-18 mo
7-12 mo
1-6 mo
 $0/mo
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Monthly Benefit
TOTAL
Can I Transfer My GI Bill Benefits?
Are you still serving in the military?
(Active or Reserve)

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How many years have you served?
(Active and Reserve)
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Can I Transfer My GI Bill Benefits?
Can I Transfer My GI Bill Benefits?

You are not eligible to transfer your benefits. You must still be serving in the military to qualify.

You are eligible to transfer your benefits. In order to do so, you must agree to serve 4 additional years of service (Active or Reserve).

You are not yet eligible to transfer your benefits. You must have served at least 6 years of Active or Reserve service to qualify.

In year(s) you will be eligible to transfer benefits. At that point you must agree to serve an additional 4 years of Active or Reserve service to qualify.

Months left?
Beneficiary Information
Who will be using the benefit?
How old is the dependant?
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Was dependent caregiver for injured veteran?
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Veteran still serving on active duty?
Date of last active duty discharge
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Benefit Information
How many months of the following GI Bill programs have you already used?
Post-9/11 (Ch. 33)
Montgomery (Ch. 30)
REAP (Ch. 1607)
Select Reserve (Ch. 1606)
VEAP (Ch. 32)
Voc Rehab (Ch. 31)
Months Left?
Months Left?

Dependant's benefits have expired, as dependant is 26 years or older.

Dependant's benefits will expire when dependant turns 26.

As a caregiver, the dependant may be granted additional time to utilize the education benefits.

benefits will expire 15 years after veteran's discharge.

benefits have expired, as discharge was more than 15 years ago.

benefits will expire in , on the 15th anniverasary of veterans' discharge

Remaining New GI Bill benefits: month(s).

FYI: If you exhaust all 36 months of your MGIB benefits, then transfer over to the New GI Bill you may qualify for an additional 12 months of GI Bill benefits. Call (888) GIBILL1 for more details.

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Cumulative Active Duty since 9/11/01

Active Duty service that does NOT count toward eligibility include initial enlistment requirements for ROTC scholarship recipients(4 yrs), Service Academies graduates (5 yrs) and SLRP recipients (3 yrs). National Guard and reserve training and state call-ups for non-federal emergencies also do not qualify. However, starting October 2011 AGR and national emergency call ups of the National Guard and reserves DO count toward eligibility retroactive back to 9/11.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Select a school/employer

If you are having trouble finding your school do not be alarmed. Since we are using the VA's list of schools and they are generally sloppy in the way they abbreviate school names you may have to modify the search for your school. For example the VA abbreviates the University of Wisconsin as "Univ of Wisc-Madison." Instead of typing the whole name, try searching for just one part of the name. In this case a search for just "Madison" and will find the school.

If you still cannot find your school, check the "not listed" box to enter details of your school.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

ZIP code

Benefits are based on where your school/employer is located, regardless of where you live. If you are attending a school with satellite campuses use the zip code of where your school's certifying officials are located. If you are attending an international school please enter “00000” for the zip code.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

On-Job-Training or Apprenticeship program

The GI Bill will supplement the income of veterans participating in an apprenticeship / On-Job-Training program. Employers must be approved by the VA and the Department of Labor.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Public or Private School

Tuition benefits vary on whether you are attending a private or a public college. If you do not know if you school is a public or private college check out the Department of Education's College Navigator.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Degree programs

Both degree and non-degree granting programs are covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. However public non-degree granting school receive the same benefits as private schools. To see if your school is degree granting or not check out the VA's School Search, find your school and click on the "Programs tab."

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Flight school program

Are you enrolled in a non-degree granting flight school program? Non-degree granting flight programs are now covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, however students do not qualify for a living allowance and tuitions benefits are lower than other college programs.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Online courses

Students taking ALL of their classes online (or through distance learning) receive a lower monthly living allowance. However, if students take just one course in an actual classroom they will qualify for the full monthly living allowance.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Enrolled before Jan 2011?

Students who were enrolled (or even registered) in an expensive private school prior to January 2011 in the following seven states (AZ, MI, NH, NY, PA, SC, TX) will be able to keep their higher tuition benefits till they graduate or July 2014.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Types of Terms

Semesters traditionally last 4.5 months and happen twice an academic year. Quarters last 3 months and happen three times a year. If your school is "year round", on trimesters or on some other type of system please select "Non-Traditional"

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Summer courses

Summer terms are traditionally shorter and have different requirements for being considered full-time.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Summer term length

In order to calculate your benefits we need to know how long you will be attending school this coming year.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Length of Apprenticeship/OJT

Apprenticeship and OJT participants must work at least 120 hours/month (~30 hours/week) to qualify for the full monthly benefit. Participants working less than 120 hours will receive a reduced monthly living allowance.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Length of Apprenticeship/OJT

Apprenticeship and OJT participants must work at least 120 hours/month (~30 hours/week) to qualify for the full monthly benefit. Participants working less than 120 hours will receive a reduced monthly living allowance.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Number of credits enrolled per term

The monthly living allowance and the annual book stipend are prorated for part-time students. Students who are exactly half-time do not qualify for a monthly living allowance and the closer you are to being a full-time student the higher your benefits will be.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Full Time

How many units/credits do you need to be enrolled in to be considered full-time by your school? This may vary depending on your program. For example most undergraduate programs use 12 credits as full-time, while for graduate programs that rate might be much lower. Schools that use clock hours (vs. credit hours) usually have an average full-time rate of 18 clock hours.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Full time during the summer

How many units/credits do you need to be enrolled in the SUMMER to be considered full-time by your school? This may vary depending on your program. For example summer students may only be required to be enrolled in 6 credits to be considered full-time students because summer terms are more condensed then the normal school year.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Tuition/Fee Costs

Does your school charge you by the academic year, by the academic term or do they use a per credit rate?

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Eligibility for in-state rates

Are you being charged in-state rates at the public school you are attending? The Post-9/11 GI Bill will cover in-state tuition rates at any undergraduate or graduate program in the country. Out-of-state students will also receive the in-state rate. Some public colleges offer all veterans in-state tuition rates (e.g., Ohio public schools).

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Full Year Tuition

What is the total cost for TUITION at your school per year? Since you may qualify for higher tuition reimbursement rates, you must enter your tuition and fees costs separately. Under the old version of the Post-9/11 GI Bill the VA used separate caps for tuition and fees, so check with your school to see what they consider tuition vs. fees.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Full Year Tuition/Fees

What is the total cost for tuition and fees at your school per year? This includes any mandatory fees (e.g., lab fees, mandatory health insurance premiums). To make things easier for you, we were able to find the cost of attendance for some schools on the Department of Education’s college database. However, since these figures are based on a generic degree at each school, please consult the college for the most accurate price for your program. If you do not know how much your school charges, IAVA recommends Googling the name of your school and adding "cost of attendance" (in quotes).

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Full Year Fees

What is the total cost for FEES at your school per year? Since you may qualify for higher fees reimbursement rates, you must enter your tuition and fees costs separately. Under the old version of the Post-9/11 GI Bill the VA used separate caps for tuition and fees, so check with your school to see what they consider tuition vs. fees.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

In-State Rate for Tuition/Fees

What does your school charge in-state students per year for attending the same program? The Post-9/11 GI Bill will cover in-state tuition rates at any undergraduate or graduate program in the country. Out-of-state students will also receive the in-state rate.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Cost per Credit

What does your school charge per credit to attend?

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Fees by Term

What fees does your school charge? This includes any mandatory fees (e.g., lab fees, mandatory health insurance premiums).

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

In-State Cost per Credit

What does your school charge in-state students per credit to attend? The Post-9/11 GI Bill will cover in-state tuition rates at any undergraduate or graduate program in the country. Out-of-state students will also receive the in-state rate.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

In-State Fees by Term

What fees does your school charge in-state students per term for attending the same program? This includes any mandatory fees (e.g., lab fees, mandatory health insurance premiums).The Post-9/11 GI Bill will cover in-state tuition rates at any undergraduate or graduate program in the country. Out-of-state students will also receive the in-state rate.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Term Tuition/Fees

What is the per term cost for tuition and fees at your school? This includes any mandatory fees (e.g., lab fees, mandatory health insurance premiums). If you do not know how much your school charges, IAVA recommends Googling the name of your school and adding "cost of attendance" (in quotes).

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Term In-State Rate

What does your school charge in-state students per term for attending the same program? The Post-9/11 GI Bill will cover in-state tuition rates at any undergraduate or graduate program in the country. Out-of-state students will also receive the in-state rate.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Yellow Ribbon school

Students attending more expensive private colleges or being charged out-of-state rates at public colleges may benefit from the Yellow Ribbon Program. To see if your school is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program check out the VA website.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Yellow Ribbon school contribution

Any Yellow Ribbon contributions made by the school will be matched by the VA until the full cost of your education is paid for.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Receiving financial aid?

The VA is now considered a "payer of last resort," meaning the Post-9/11 GI Bill will only pay for tuition/fees that are actually being charged to the student. They will not pay for tuition/fees being covered by other financial aid resources. However, Federal financial aid (Pell & Student Loans) and scholarships that are NOT tuition specific or made directly to the veteran do NOT affect your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Military Tuition Assistance/ROTC

Any tuition/fees that were paid for by military tuition assistance (e.g., Federal Tuition Assistance or ROTC scholarships) will NOT also paid by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

State Tuition Assistance

Any tuition/fees that were paid for by state tuition assistance programs (e.g., Hazelwood Act or the Illinois Veteran Grant) will NOT also paid by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Academic/Private Scholarships

Any tuition/fees that were paid for by private or school based scholarships (e.g., academic scholarship or veteran discounts) will NOT also paid by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This does NOT include yellow ribbon scholarships.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Veteran still on Active Duty

Will the veteran, whose benefits are being used, be serving on active duty while the student is attending college under the Post-9/11 GI Bill? Spouses of active duty veterans who qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill due to their own service and are no longer serving on active duty should select "No."

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Eligible for a kicker bonus?

Enlistment and reenlistment kickers are offered to servicemembers as incentives to join a particular military specialty, reenlist, etc. It is also commonly referred to as the Army College Fund (or Navy College Fund, Marine College Fund). Whether or not you qualify will be spelled out in your enlistment or reenlistment contract.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Kicker bonus amount

How much does your particular kicker qualify you for in additional education benefits per month. Your enlistment / reenlistment contract should specify a specific amount. If your contract says that you kicker is worth tens of thousands of dollars and does not specify a specific monthly rate it is usually worth around $200/month.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Out of Pocket Tuition and Fees Costs

This is the amount of tuition left to pay after taking your New GI Bill benefits and all financial aid you entered in the section above into account.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Calculate your Old GI Bill Benefits

This calculator can now accurately calculate your education benefits for the old GI Bill, including the Montgomery GI Bill (Ch 30), REAP (Ch 1607) and Select Reserve (Ch 1606).

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Longest Consecutive Active Duty Tour

Unlike the Post-9/11 GI Bill, old GI Bill eligibility is NOT based on cumulative service. Only federal active duty counts. For the National Guard/Reserves time spent during BASIC training and MOS schools should not be included.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

$1,200 "buy-in" for Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)

For active duty servicemembers this decision was made during your BASIC training and involved having $100/month withdrawn from your first year's salary.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

"Buy-up" program for MGIB?

Servicemembers who opted to participate in the MGIB "buy-up" program would contribute additional money to the GI Bill, in return for higher GI Bill rates when they started school. The maximum a servicemember could contribute is $600.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Buy-up amount

For every $20 contributed to the buy-up program, old GI Bill benefits would increase $5/month.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Currently serving in the Reserves/National Guard

Reserve GI Bill benefits are generally only available to servicemembers who are still serving in the Reserves/National Guard. However, they are some exceptions for servicemembers who had been activated under federal orders.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

IRR Service

IRR= Inactive Ready Reserve. When you completed your 8-year service requirement were serving in the IRR on that last day? If so, select "Yes". For example, if you joined the National Guard and served the standard six-years, your last two years in the military were likely spent serving in the IRR. However if you reenlisted after that initial 6-year commitment then the answer is probably "no".

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Length of Longest Deployment

In order for us to determine which old GI Bill benefit programs you may qualify for we need to know exactly how many month your longest deployment.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Date of Discharge

When were you last discharged from active duty? GI Bill benefits for reservists may be available to servicemembers after they leave military, but only for a limited period of time after their last deployment on active duty.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Still serving?

Since transferability of GI Bill benefits is meant to serve as an reenlistment tool, only servicemembers currently serving in the military qualify to transfer. If you have already retired from the military it is too late to apply to transfer your remaining GI Bill benefits.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

How many years served?

A servicemembers needs at least 6 years of cumulative military service (active and/or reserve) to qualify to transfer their benefits to a spouse or child.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Age of dependant

Dependents have until they are 26 years old to use their transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Caregiver dependant

Children of injured and ill servicemembers who have acted as a primary caregiver may be granted additional time to utilize their education benefits.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.

Date of last active duty discharge

Veterans and spouses have 15 years after they separate from active duty to use their GI Bill benefits.

For more info, Visit the FAQ section.