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Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) Payment Rates for 2018 Academic Year (August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill program is comprised of multiple payments. All payments and maximum amounts listed below are applicable to individuals eligible for the full benefit (100% eligibility tier).

The payment and maximum amounts listed will be prorated based on your eligibility percentage if you are not eligible for the full benefit. Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill you may receive:

Tuition and Fee Payments
Monthly Housing Allowance
Books and Supplies Stipend
One-Time Rural Benefit for Certain Veterans

Tuition and Fee Payments

Institutions of Higher Learning

Type of SchoolMaximum Tuition & Fee Reimbursement per Academic Year
Public School All Tuition and Fee Payments for an in-State Student
Private or Foreign School Up to $23,671.94 per academic year National Maximum

If you are attending a public IHL as a non-resident student or a private IHL that is more expensive than the annual cap you may be eligible for extra payment under the Yellow Ribbon program.

You may qualify for in-state tuition rates if you live in the state where the school is located regardless of your formal state of residence. See our GI Bill Resident Rate Requirements website to learn more.

 You may also be eligible to receive:

Non-college Degree Granting Institutions

Actual net costs for in-state tuition & fees not to exceed $23,671.94 during the academic year.

You may also be eligible to receive:

Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training Rates

Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training Rates
Training PeriodMonthly rate
First six months of training 100% of your applicable MHA
Second six months of training 80% of your applicable MHA
Third six months of training 60% of your applicable MHA
Fourth six months of training 40% of your applicable MHA
Remaining pursuit of training 20% of your applicable MHA

You may also be eligible to receive a books and supplies stipend sent to you

Vocational Flight Schools

The actual net costs not to exceed $13,526.81 per academic year.

The cap applies to all classes and/or enrollments that begin during that academic year, regardless of the academic year in which the classes or enrollments are completed.

Correspondence Schools

The actual net costs not to exceed $11,497.78 per academic year.

National Testing Programs/Licensing & Certification Tests

Section 108 of Public Law 115-48 amends 38 U.S.C. §§ 3315(c) to allow for the proration of entitlement charges for licensing and certification examinations and national tests under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Specifically, the charge against an individual’s entitlement for payment for licensing and certification examinations and national tests will be pro-rated based on the actual amount of the fee charged for the test relative to the rate for one month.

Monthly Housing Allowance

Your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is generally the same as the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. Your MHA is based on the ZIP code for your school. MHA rate increases based on BAH increases are effective August 1 (the beginning date of the academic year). For more information about MHA increases or decreases click here.

There are some exceptions to MHA (see table below)

To research monthly housing allowance amounts please visit the GI Bill Comparison Tool and do a search for your school.

The housing allowance is paid at a percentage based on your training time. For more information click here.

MHA Rate Exceptions

Type of SchoolMHA Rate
Foreign School $1,719.00
Schools in US Territories E-5 with dependents OHA Rate for school location
Exclusively Online Training (No Classroom Instruction) $859.50
Attending classes at ½ time or less NOT PAYABLE
Active Duty Trainee (or transferee spouse of servicemember NOT PAYABLE

Books/Supplies Stipend

A yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000.00 paid proportionately based on enrollment.

Rural benefit

A one time payment of $500 may be payable to certain individuals relocating from highly rural areas if they reside in a county with 6 persons or less per square mile (as determined by the most recent decennial census) and either:

  1. physically relocate at least 500 miles to attend an educational institution or
  2. travel by air to physically attend an educational institution if no other land-based transportation exists
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How to Verify Chapter 33 (Post-9/11) Enrollment

Don’t miss out on your MHA/kicker payments! Learn more about verifying your enrollment.