What the Post-9/11 GI Bill® can Do for You

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is the most-used federal military education benefit, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The program helps pay for tuition, books, supplies and housing for eligible veterans, servicemembers and family members seeking a college degree.

In 2016, nearly 800,000 people received benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, according to the VA.

You may be eligible for this benefit if you:

  • Served at least 90 days of active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001 and received an honorable discharge.
  • Served at least 30 days of active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001 and received a service-connected disability discharge.

Tuition: Tuition coverage for private colleges is capped at $22,805.34 per academic year, according to the August 2017 VA payment rates. Coverage is based on time served on active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001.

Books and Supplies: The program may pay up to $1,000 a year for books and supplies. Each allowance is paid based on the number of credits taken.

Housing: Students enrolled in 100% online programs may be able to receive half of the national average, currently $840.50, as of August 2017. Not all beneficiaries are eligible for 100% of the housing allowance. The amount depends on how many credits you are taking, as part-time students may receive less funds. Students enrolled in one of New England College’s online degree programs are considered full-time with one course per term. NEC’s accelerated programs offer four-credit-hour courses which take place over seven weeks, with seven start dates per year.

Transferring Benefits: To transfer unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to your spouse, child, or both, you must be a servicemember on active duty and/or Selected Reserve as of August 1, 2009, and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Served at least six years on the date of benefit approval and agree to serve another four years in the military from the date of benefit election.
  • Served at least 10 years on the date of benefit approval, is restricted from serving four more years, but agree to serve for the maximum time allowed.

Transfer requests must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) while you are serving in the military. If approved, new beneficiaries apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill through the VA.

The Yellow Ribbon Program: The program provides eligible veterans and their dependents with additional funds for tuition and fees that exceed education benefits available through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Under the Forever GI Bill, which was signed into law in August 2017, those benefits will be extended to include Purple Heart recipients, effective Aug. 1, 2018, and active-duty servicemembers, as of Aug. 1, 2022.

New England College is a Yellow Ribbon school that offers military tuition rates including:

  • Undergraduate tuition of $750 per four-credit-hour course for active-duty servicemembers, reservists, National Guard members, and their spouses and dependents.
  • A 10% tuition savings for veterans, reservists, National Guard members and their spouses, as well as dependents of disabled or deceased veterans.

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

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