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Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) Payment Rates for 2020 Academic Year (August 1, 2020 - July 31, 2021)

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

Institutions of Higher Learning

Type of School Maximum Tuition & Fee Reimbursement per Academic Year
Public School All Tuition and Fee Payments for an in-State Student
Private or Foreign School Up to $25,162.14 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 $25,162.14 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 Period Monthly 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 $14,378.35 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 $12,221.58 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 of $2,099.24 for one month. The maximum reimbursable amount for licensing and certification tests is $2000. There is no maximum reimbursable amount for national tests.

Monthly Housing Allowance

You may be eligible for a monthly housing rate. The Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is generally the same as the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. This rate is variable and dependent on factors such as the location of your school, your rate of pursuit, and whether you enrolled in the program prior to 1/8/18.

To calculate your housing rate:
     1. Visit the GI Bill Comparison Tool,
     2. Search for your school, 
     3. Refine your search based on attendance, i.e., online classes only, and your benefit, and
     4. “View details” for that school. You are able to adjust the refinements to see how changes can impact your MHA rate.

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.