Post-9/11 GI Bill 2017-2018 Payment Rates

Here are the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) payment rates for the 2017-18 academic year (August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018). Maximum amounts with prorated eligibility percentages are listed below.

Maximum Tuition & Fee Reimbursement Per Academic Year
Type of School Maximum Reimbursement
Public School All Tuition & Fee Payments for an in-State Student
Private or Foreign School Up to $22,805.34 per academic year National Maximum
Non-college Degree Granting Institutions Actual net costs for in-state tuition & fees not to exceed $22,805.34 during the academic year
Vocational Flight Schools The actual net costs not to exceed $13,031.61 per academic year
Correspondence Schools The actual net costs not to exceed $11,076.86 per academic year
National Testing Programs/Licensing & Certification Tests Reimbursed up to $2,000 per test. Entitlement will be charged one month for every $1,902.61 paid to you rounded to the nearest non-zero whole month; this means even low-cost tests are charged one month of entitlement per test.


Type of School Books/Supplies Stipend Eligibility Rural Benefit Eligibility MHA Eligibility
Public School Yes Yes Yes
Private or Foreign School Yes Yes Yes
Online School Yes Yes Yes
Non-college Degree Granting Institutions Yes Yes Yes
Vocational Flight Schools No No No
Correspondence Schools No No No
Apprenticeship/OJT Yes No No


Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training
Training Period Monthly rate
First six months of training 100% of your applicable MHA
Second six months of training 80% of your applicable MHA
Third six months of training 60% of your applicable MHA
Fourth six months of training 40% of your applicable MHA
Remaining pursuit of training 20% of your applicable MHA

Apprenticeships and OJT may also receive books and supply stipends.

Tiered Prorated Eligibility
Member Serves
Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable
At least 36 months 100%
At least 30 continuous days on active duty and must be discharged due to service-connected disability 100%
At least 30 months, but less than 36 months 90%
At least 24 months, but less than 30 months 80%
At least 18 months, but less than 24 months 70%
At least 12 months, but less than 18 months 60%
At least 06 months, but less than 12 months 50%
At least 90 days, but less than 06 months 40%

* Chart applies to those who served on active duty after 9/10/2001 and received an honorable discharge.

* * Full benefit qualification is for a veteran who has served at least 3 years of active duty after September 10, 2001.

See here for Monthly Housing Rates (aka BAH).

MHA Rate Exceptions

Type of School
MHA Rate
Foreign School
Schools in US Territories E-5 with dependents OHA Rate for school location
Exclusively Online Training (No Classroom Instruction) $840.50
Attending classes at ½ time or less NOT PAYABLE
Active Duty Trainee (or transferee spouse of servicemember NOT PAYABLE

Post 9/11 Books/Supplies Stipend

The Books/Supplies Stipend is up to $1,000 annually and paid proportionately based on enrollment.

Rural Benefit

A one-time payment of $500 may be payable to certain individuals relocating from highly rural areas if they reside in a county with 6 persons or less per square mile (as determined by the most recent decennial census) and either:

1. Physically relocate at least 500 miles to attend an educational institution or

2. Travel by air to physically attend an educational institution if no other land-based transportation exists

Where Post 9/11 Payments Are Sent

Payment Where
Tuition & fees School/Institution
Monthly Housing Allowance (AKA BAH) You
Books/Supplies Stipend You
One-Time Rural Benefit You


Post-9/11 GI Bill Payment Schedule

Payments are made and deposited generally at the beginning of the month. There are no exact dates and can vary slightly due to weekends and holidays. Payments are made for the prior month of enrollment, so if you’re enrolled in January payment for January will be made at the beginning of February. There can also be a delay in payments starting but payments should be consistent once the process starts.

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