Post 9/11 G.I. Bill

The influx of soldiers coming back to the United States after serving on active duty has led to the creation a new G.I. Bill, named the Post 9/11 G. I. Bill.  Confronted with waves of soldiers returning home has necessitated that the government make arrangements to fund the educational careers of those soldiers that have bravely served our nation.  The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill ensures that those Veterans, who seek out financial assistance for a college education, are provided the monetary means to afford one.

Morgan State Universty is honored to assist both Veterans and the dependents of Veterans in obtaining a degree of higher learning. Through our office, we are pleased to offer our knowledge of the current Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, and how the benefits provided impact your decision to pursue higher education. Our goal is to make the transition from active service to the learning classroom run as smoothly as possible. 

The landmark Post 9/11 G.I. Bill officially went into effect on August 1, 2009. The law is considered to be the most significant piece of higher education legislation for veterans since the original G.I. Bill was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is the State's approving agency for this program.

Benefits were payable on August 1, 2009. Approved training under this bill includes:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate degrees
  • Vocational/ technical training
  • Foreign training
  • In some cases, tutorial assistance, licensing and/ or certification programs

The new Bill provides educational assistance to individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. To be eligible for the benefits, military personnel must have served at least 30 days of continuous, active duty service after September 10, 2001 and:

  • Be honorably discharged from the Armed Forces
  • Be released from the Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list, or transferred to the Fleet Reserve or the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve
  • Be released from the Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable for further service in a reserve component
  • Be discharged or released from Armed Forces for EPTS (Existed Prior to Service); HDSP (Hardship); CIWD (Condition Interfered with Duty) or continue to be on active duty

Veterans will receive a percentage of the cost of tuition and fees charged, as determined by their length of service. They may also be eligible for  monthly housing allowance and a yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000. The maximum number of months a person can receive entitlements for is 36 months. This is received after serving a minimum of 90 days of active duty, in most cases.

Eligible persons will receive  a percentage of school costs, determined by the aforementioned table outlining service time, or by:

  • Amount of tuition and fees (not to exceed costs of most expensive in- state public school)
  • Monthly housing allowance to be equal to that of basic allowance for housing, payable to E-5 with dependents (in the same zip code as students)
  • Yearly books and supplies stipend up to $1,000
  • Possible relocation fee of $500 (one time fee)
  • Those that serve for at least 90 consecutive days of active duty are eligible to receive benefits for up to 15 years from last active duty period

Eligible veterans may participate in the Post 9-11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 for 15 years from their last period of active duty service of at least 90 aggregate days. Current service members may transfer their entitlements to dependents if they are members of the Armed Forces on August 1, 2009. On June 23, 2009, new Department of Defense guidelines established the criteria for eligibility and transfer of those education benefits.