The GI Bill®, administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA),provides educational benefits to eligible US service members, veterans,guard members, reservists, and their dependents. The more recent Post-9/11GI Bill, signed into law in June 2008, provides the most comprehensiveeducational benefit package since the original bill was signed into law in1944.
Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits can include:
- Living allowances
- Allowances for books
- Ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children
Many Australian education providers are eligible to participate inthe Post-9/11 GI Bill and other VA education benefits programs. Find onehere using theDepartment of Veterans Affairs Institution Search Tool.
Am I eligible? What are my benefits?
To be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you must have served at least 90consecutive days on active duty after 10 September 2001. You may also beeligible if you were honourably discharged from active duty for aservice-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following 10September 2001.
Eligible service members and veterans are provided with:
- Up to 36 months of education benefits
- Financial support for school tuition and fees paid directly to your institution
- A yearly book and supplies stipend paid to you each term
- A monthly housing allowance (MHA) paid to you
- The ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children
Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are paid on a percentage basis of the maximumamount possible. Between 40-100% of the maximum amount is available tothose who meet the eligibility requirements.* The length of youractive duty service since 11 September 2001 will determine your percentageof available benefits.
* Check your Certificate of Eligibility for your specific benefits
Eligible Australian education providers
Find out which Australian universities recognise Post-9/11 GI Bill funding in Australia.
Similarly, many VET providers across Australian states, accredited by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, allow you to study in Australia using Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.
Other helpful resources:
GI Bill®is a registered trademark of the US Department of Veterans Affairs(VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA isavailable at the official US government websitehttp://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/