VETERAN ALERT: Get Schooled on the GI Bill
May 10, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – As schools are getting ready to wrap up for the summer, seniors are making plans for their next phase in life. For many students, this involves college, a vocational school or the military. Those brave men and women who choose a military career, may also become eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill when they complete the required training and fulfill active duty service requirements. This bill, much like the original GI Bill passed Congress and signed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1944, strives to help service members learn a skill or attend college to place them on a successful career path.
“The Post-9/11 GI Bill helps veterans and active duty service members continue their education and learn new skills for job opportunities,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Many of these men and women put their education on hold to serve our country, and this GI Bill ensures that educational opportunities are available when the time is right.”
Attorney General Rutledge released the following list of training programs available under the GI Bill:
- Undergraduate and graduate degree programs
- Vocational/technical training
- On-the-job apprenticeship
- 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 length 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 $22,805.34 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.
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.
Arkansas military service members, veterans and families can file consumer complaints with the Attorney General’s office on ArkansasAG.gov or by calling (800) 482-8982.
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