Get Educated with the GI Bill
June 8, 2016
he GI Bill has grown and changed since it was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1944, but the goal of the bill remains the same – to help service members learn a skill or attend college, placing them on a path to a successful career.
In 2008, the GI Bill was updated and is now called the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This update provided more resources to cover educational expenses, a monthly housing allowance, up to $1,000 a year for books and supplies and a one-time relocation allowance for veterans who served on active duty for 90 days or more since Sept. 10, 2001. The bill also provides tuition assistance and a book stipend to current active duty service members.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert to educate veterans and military families about the various benefits available under the GI Bill.
“The brave men and women who protect our country oftentimes put their education on hold during their service,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The GI Bill has provided incentives for service members to continue their education for decades with great success. The expansion of the program assists veterans who have served since 9/11 transition to civilian life by learning new skills for job opportunities, and I hope this alert will help spread the word about available resources.”
Attorney General Rutledge released the following list of training programs available under the GI Bill:
- Undergraduate and graduate degree programs
- Vocational/technical training
- Licensing and certification reimbursement
- National testing reimbursement
- Entrepreneurship training
- Flight training
- Correspondence training
- Work-study programs
- Tuition assistance
- Tutorial assistance
Benefit payments are provided in tiered amounts based on the amount of active duty service. Service members who have served at least 36 months after Sept. 10, 2001 are eligible to have 100 percent of their tuition to a public institution covered or up to $21,970.46 per year at a private or foreign school. Meanwhile, the Yellow Ribbon Program is available to service members to make up any difference in cost.
In order to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, service members must have served at least 30 days of continuous active duty and be discharged because of a service connected disability or served an aggregate of 90 days of active duty and received an honorable discharge. Service members who meet the criteria for this benefit have 15 years to use the assistance. Reservists and Guard members are also eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Benefits are also transferable to family members, including a spouse or child. If the service member has died in the line of duty on or after Sept. 10, 2001, his or her children may be eligible for additional benefits under the Marine Gunnery John David Fry Scholarship Program.
For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.