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Post 9/11 GI Bill®

Education and Training

Overview of VA Education Benefits

The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers higher education and training benefits to Veterans and Servicemembers who served after Sept. 10, 2001, and, in some cases, to their families. The Post-9/11 GI Bill covers support for the following activities:

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VA Education Benefits

For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Be sure to use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to research schools and employers based on affordability and value. 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 the following assistance:

How to Apply

  • Apply Online

    The fastest and easiest way to get access to your benefits is to apply using your computer or mobile device.

  • Apply In Person

    Visit the nearest VA benefits office.

  • Apply at School

    Consult with your School Certifying Official, who can help you apply.

  • Apply By Mail

    Call 888-442-4551 to have the application mailed to you.


Some benefits may also be used by active service members, reservists, and National Guard members as well as eligible spouses, children, and survivors of Veterans and service members. Consult the VA benefits booklet or visit the nearest VA regional office for character of discharge requirements and more detailed information.

Page last updated on July 22, 2021


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