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Education and Training

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) Payment Rates For 2012 Academic Year (August 1, 2012 - July 31, 2013)

For the 2014 academic year rates effective August 1, 2013 click here.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill program is comprised of multiple payments. All payments and maximum amounts listed on this page are applicable to individuals eligible for the full benefit (100% eligibility tier). If you are not eligible for the full benefit, the payment and maximum amounts listed will be prorfated based on your eligibility percentage. Under the Post-9f/11 GI Bill you may receive a:

Tuition & Fee Payments

Institutions of Higher Learning

Maximum Tuition & Fee Reimbursement per Academic Year
Type of SchoolMaximum Reimbursement
Public School All Tuition & Fee Payments for an in-State Student
Private or Foreign School Up to $18,077.50 per academic year National Maximum (see next table for exceptions)


Maximum Tuition & Fee Reimbursement per Academic Year for Students who are Attending a Private IHL in Selected States and Have Been Enrolled in the Same Program Since January 4, 2011
StateMaximum Charge per Credit HourMaximum Total Fees per Term
Arizona $725.00 $15,000.00
Michigan $1,001.00 $19,374.50
New Hampshire $1,003.75 $5,197.00
New York $1,010.00 $12,293.00
Pennsylvania $934.00 $6,110.00
South Carolina $829.00 $2,798.00
Texas $1,549.00 $12,130.00

If you are attending a public IHL as a non-resident student or a private IHL that is more expensive than the $18,077.50 cap you may be eligible for extra payment under the Yellow Ribbon program.


You may also be eligible to receive:

Non-college Degree Granting Institutions

Actual net costs for in-state tuition & fees not to exceed $18,077.50 during the academic year.

You may also be eligible to receive:

Apprenticeship/OJT Rates

Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training
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:

Vocational Flight Schools

The actual net costs not to exceed $10,330.00 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 $8,780.50 per academic year.

National Testing Programs/Licensing & Certification Tests

You can be reimbursed up to $2,000 per test. Your entitlement will be charged one month for every $1,501.19 paid to you rounded to the nearest non-zero whole month;this means even low-cost tests are charged one month of entitlement per test.

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.

To research monthly housing allowance amounts please visit the GI Bill Comparison Tool.

MHA Rate Exceptions
Type of SchoolMHA Rate
Foreign School $1,368.00
Schools in US Territories E-5 with dependents OHA Rate for school location
Exclusively Online Training (No Classroom Instruction) $684.00
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 $1000 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.