Post-9/11 GI Bill
If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. The program has a few specific components, outlined below. You can also review the program pamphlet. If you have eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and any other GI Bill program you must make an irrevocable election of the Post-9/11 GI Bill before you can receive any benefits.
- Yellow Ribbon Program
- Transfer of Entitlement Option
- Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship for the children of Service members who died in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001.
Types of Training
The following assistance is approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill:
- Accelerated payments
- Correspondence training
- Entrepreneurship training
- Flight training
- Independent and distance learning
- Institutions of higher learning undergraduate and graduate degrees
- Licensing and certification reimbursement
- National testing reimbursement
- Tuition Assistance top-up
- Tutorial assistance
- Vocational/technical training
GI Bill Comparison Tool
The Department of Veterans Affairs just announced the launch of VA’s new GI Bill Comparison Tool. Now you can find information online about Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the schools and training programs available to education beneficiaries. The new tool was developed with the assistance of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Defense and the Department of Education.
The GI Bill Comparison Tool provides key information about college affordability and brings together information from more than 17 different online sources and three federal agencies, including the number of students receiving VA education benefits at each school.
Benefits and Eligibility
For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. Institutions of higher learning participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program may make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. The following payments may also be available:
- Monthly housing allowance: for full-time, resident students, a monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing for your school’s zip code for a military E-5 with dependents. Distance learners receive have the BAH national average.
- Tuition and fees at colleges, universitys, trade schools, and flight schools or on-the-job training and apprenticeships. It may also pay for licensing and certification tests.
- Annual Books up to $1000
- One-time rural benefit payment
Some Service members may also transfer unused GI Bill benefits to their dependents.
Other Factors to Consider
- Full tuition and fees are paid directly to the school for all public school in-state students.
- For those attending private or foreign schools, tuition and fees are capped at the national maximum rate.
- If you’re attending a private institution of higher learning in Arizona, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, or Texas, you may be eligible for a higher tuition reimbursement rate.
- If you’re attending a private or a public institution of higher learning (either private or public) as a nonresident, out-of-state student you may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program and entitled to additional education-related costs not covered by VA. Not everyone is eligible for this assistance.
Resident Tuition Rates for Veterans and Families
Honorably discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses and children who permanently move to Colorado qualify for resident tuition rates immediately. Transitioning military personnel or Veterans must establish or maintain domicile in the state of Colorado. i.e. registering to vote, registering a vehicle, obtaining a Colorado driver’s license.
Matthew Freeman project
$1000 scholarships for siblings of those who have died in the lone of duty.
$3000 scholarships per semester for spouses of those who have died on active duty.
National Military Family Association
$500-$2500 scholarships for surviving spouses of those who died while on active duty on or after September 11. 2001
Pat Tillman Foundation
Scholarships for surviving spouses of those who died on active duty, in veteran status or in retiree status.
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
Available for children of those who died int he lien fo duty or of a service connected disability.
Scholarships of up to $5000 for the children of those who died in the line of duty.
Fisher House Foundation – Heroes Legacy Scholarship
For children of those who died while on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
$30,000 for children of Marines killed in action; amount varies.
Special Ops Warrior Foundation
For surviving children of Special Operations Service Members who died int he line of duty.
Army Emergency Relief Fund
For surviving spouses and children of Soldiers who die while of active duty or in retiree status.
Folds of Honor
$5000 scholarships for surviving spouses and children of service members who die int he lien of duty or from a service-connected disability.
www.freedomalliance.org – Freedom Alliance
www.scholarships.com – Scholarships
www.militaryscholar.org – Scholarships for military children
www.dantes.doded.mil/index.html – Help for school
Can I transfer my education benefit to a dependent?
Yes and no. If you are no longer in the Military, no. If you are currently still serving yes if your dependent qualifies and is in DEERS.
Go to the GI Bill website for your one stop shop for all your education needs.
Some of the resources include:
- Finding a school
- Applying on line
- Verifying attendance
- Montgomery GI Bill and other program help
Who do I contact if I need help with my education benefit?
See the attached document for contact info.
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Through education and assistance, AgrAbility helps to eliminate (or at least minimize) obstacles that inhibit success in production agriculture or agriculture-related occupations.
AgrAbility is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and consists of a National Project and State/Regional Projects (currently serving 24 states), each involving collaborative partnerships between land grant universities and various nonprofit disability services organizations.
Colorado AgrAbility Project
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