Veteran GI Bill Information

military_friendly (1)The new Post 9/11 GI Bill, provides education benefits for service members who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001. These benefits are tiered based on the number of days served on active duty, creating a benefit package that gives current and previously activated National Guard and Reserve members the same benefits as active duty service members.

 

Application Process

The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently accepting applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Once the VA has received your application they will determine your eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and issue you a Certificate of Eligibility. You must provide this certificate of eligibility to your school right away.  You can then continue to apply using the VA Form 22-1990 with your course and school information. The form includes the instructions needed to begin the process.

Fill out this form if you will be using your VA Education Benefits for the first time: 22-1990 Form

Fill out this form if you have used your VA Education Benefits prior to attending our school: VBA-22-1995-ARE

Send the form to Karina@mobiletechtraining or mail to the school.

Tuition and Fees

If you are eligible, VA will pay your tuition & fees payment directly to the school. The tuition & fees rates will cover up to the full amount depending on your number of months of active service since Sept. 11, 2001.

Monthly Living Stipend

As an eligible veteran or member of the National Guard or Selected Reserve you may receive a monthly housing allowance (living stipend) based on the ZIP code of the location of the school you are attending – not your home ZIP code. This housing stipend for a school located in New Jersey is $2,300.00 monthly.

Book and Supply Stipend

You may receive an annual book stipend of up to $1,000 if you are a veteran or member of the Guard or Selected Reserve. This stipend will be paid at the beginning of each term. It is paid proportionately based on the number of credits taken by each student at $41 per credit hour.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2011 Active-duty service members and their eligible spouses will be eligible for the annual book stipend.

One-Time Relocation Allowance

You may also receive a one-time rural relocation benefit payment of $500.00 to help cover the cost of relocating from a rural location to attend our school.

To qualify you must:

  • Be an otherwise eligible veteran.
  • Reside in a county with 6 persons or less per square mile (as determined by the most recent decennial census) and:
  • Either physically relocate at least 500 miles to attend an educational institution
    – or –
  • Travel by air to physically attend an educational institution if no other land-based transportation exists

Other Benefits

In addition to the tuition, fees, housing, and relocation benefits, you may also qualify for “license or certification” test reimbursement, work-study programs, and $100 a month for tutorial assistance.

Eligibility Criteria for Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits

You are eligible if you served a minimum of 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001.  This covers active duty served as a member of the Armed Forces or as a result of a call or order to active duty from a reserve component (National Guard and Reserve) under certain sections of title 10.

As of August 1, 2011 active service performed by National Guard members under title 32 U.S.C. for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the National Guard; or under section 502(f) for the purpose of responding to a national emergency, will count toward Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility.

However, some periods of active duty service are excluded. Periods of service under the following do not count toward qualification for the Post 9/11 GI Bill:

  • ROTC under 10 U.S.C. 2107(b);
  • Service academy contract period;
  • Service terminated due to defective enlistment agreement;
  • Service used for loan repayment; and
  • Selected reserve service used to establish eligibility under the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB chapter 30), MGIB for Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR Chapter 1606), or the Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP chapter 1607).

Further Details from the VA:

At a minimum, you must have served:

  • at least 30 days of continuous active duty service after September 10, 2001 and
  • be discharged due to a service-connected disability, or
  • served an aggregate of 90 days of active duty service after September 10, 2001, and:
  • Be honorably discharged from Armed Forces; or
  • Be released from Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable and placed on the retired list, temporary disability retired list, or transferred to the Fleet Reserve or the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve; or
  • Be released from the Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable for further service in a reserve component; or
  • Be discharged or released from Armed Forces for:
    • EPTS (Existed Prior to Service)
    • HDSP (Hardship) or
    • CIWD (Condition Interfered with Duty); or
    • Continue to be on active duty.

Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefit Tiers

All Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit payments are based on the amount of creditable active-duty service each veteran has since Sept. 10, 2001. If you are an active-duty, National Guard, Selected Reserve member, or veterans who has served on active-duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001 the following table applies:

Post-9/11 Service Percentage of Maximum Amount Payable
At least 36 cumulative months
(Includes Entry Level or Skills Training time)
100%
At least 30 continuous days on active duty and discharged due to service-connected disability
(Includes Entry Level or Skills Training time)
100%
At least 30 cumulative months
(Includes Entry Level or Skills Training time)
90%
At least 24 cumulative months
(Cannot include Entry Level or Skills Training time)
80%
At least 18 cumulative months
(Cannot include Entry Level or Skills Training time)
70%
At least 12 cumulative months
(Cannot include Entry Level or Skills Training time)
60%
At least 6 cumulative months
(Cannot include Entry Level or Skills Training time)
50%
90 aggregate days
(Cannot include Entry Level or Skills Training time)
40%

Please contact Karina Marroquin to receive more information on applying for your GI Bill benefits and how you can start training for an MECP Certified Installer, Fabricator, and Custom Automotive Upholsterer. Email karina@mobiletechtraining.com or call 201-329-9000.