Higher Education and Training Benefits For Veterans

The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers higher education and training benefits to veterans and service members who served after September 10, 2001 and, in some cases, to their families. Every veteran should be aware of these benefits and, where feasible, make use of them because they’ve earned them.

Among the activities covered by the bill are the following: undergraduate and graduate college degrees, flight training, non-college degree, national testing reimbursement, on-the-job training, tuition assistance top-up, tutorial assistance and vocational and technical training.

For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Institutions of higher education participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program may make additional funds available beyond the GI Bill entitlement. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides tuition and fees, monthly housing allowance to those who qualify, and annual books and supplies stipend.

For those who are interested, help with applications and claims assistance is available from the VA Regional Offices, State Veterans Affairs Directors, County Veterans Service Officers and Accredited Veterans Service Organizations.

You can apply for VA education and training on-line via computer, by mail, in person at the nearest Va regional office or directly at the school of your choice. To have an application mailed to you, call 1-888-442-4551.

Editor’s Note: We’ve written about the program available at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia (see “St. Joe’s Offers Help and Education to Veterans Readjusting to Civilian Life”). A similar program is available at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ, under the direction of Tom O’Donnell (tom.odonnell@stockton.edu).