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How does the GI bill work?

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You can receive up to 36 months of benefits, including:

Tuition and fees. If you qualify for the maximum benefit, we’ll cover the full cost of public, in-state tuition and fees. We cap the rates for private and foreign schools, and update those rates each year.

Money for housing (if you’re in school more than half time). We’ll base your monthly housing allowance on the cost of living where your school is located.

Money for books and supplies. You can receive up to $1,000 per school year.

Money to help you move from a rural area to go to school. You may qualify for this one-time payment of $500 if you live in a county with 6 or fewer people per square mile and you’re either moving at least 500 miles to go to school or have no other option but to fly by plane to get to your school.
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Eligibility for Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits:

You may be eligible for education benefits if you meet at least one of the requirements listed below.

At least one of these must be true.

You:

Served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service) on or after September 11, 2001, or
Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or

Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break in service) on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability, or

Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying Veteran or service member
Note: If you’re a member of the Reserves who lost education benefits when the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) ended in November 2015, you may qualify to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

What if I qualify for other VA education benefits too?
You’ll have to pick which benefit you’d like to use. This is an irrevocable decision, meaning you can’t change your mind.
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