What Schools Accept the Post-9/11 GI Bill?

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The Post-9/11 GI Bill® can help certain veterans pay for school or job training. If you served on active duty after September 10, 2001, you may be eligible for educational benefits.

Many types of schools are eligible to help veterans pay for their education using the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, including vocational schools.

There are a few steps you’ll need to take to find out if your school is eligible.

First, you’ll need to determine if you’re eligible for benefits and then apply for benefits.2 You can apply online, and then you can expect to hear back from Veterans Affairs, on average, in 30 days.

The Refrigeration School’s (RSI) Financial Aid Office can help veterans understand their military benefits. Special tuition rates may also be available for service members, veterans, and their families at RSI. Please call us at 1-866-820-0823 for assistance!

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What Is the Post-9/11 GI Bill®?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is designed to help veterans and their families pay for educational or job training.

If you served for at least 90 days on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001 and were honorably discharged, or served for 30 consecutive days before being honorably discharged with a service-connected disability, you may be eligible for benefits under this bill.

Or, if your parent meets any of these eligibility requirements, they may be able to transfer their benefits to you for schooling.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® could cover up to 36 months of benefits like these:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Money for housing
  • Money for books and supplies
  • Money to help you move from a rural area to attend school.

How Does the Post-9/11 GI Bill Work?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® might cover either public or private school tuition.

In-state public schools might be eligible to have the entire cost of tuition and fees covered, while the maximum tuition and fee reimbursement for a private or foreign school is up to $26,381.37 per academic year as of August 1, 2022.

The bill may cover in-state or out-of-state tuition in some cases.

To figure out what percentage of tuition you may be eligible for, you’ll need to know how much the school charges for tuition and fees, whether the school offers an in-state tuition rate to out-of-state students, and what GI benefits you’re eligible for.

Depending on the type of institution you attend, the GI Bill® may cover different expenses, such as tuition and fees, books and supplies, or housing.

If you are using the GI Bill® to help pay for vocational training, such as HVAC training or welding training, the VA will pay you at the end of each month for the hours you’ve spent in training.

The VA would pay the in-state tuition and fees up to the national maximum for non-degree training programs. You may also get a monthly housing allowance, depending on the location of the school.

Where Can the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Be Applied?

There are many types of benefits you may be able to enjoy under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® , including:

  • Tuition for undergraduate and graduate degrees
  • Educational costs for vocational/technical training
  • On-the-job training costs
  • Apprenticeship fees
  • Test fees
  • And more

If you are interested in HVAC training at RSI and are curious about your military benefits, our Financial Aid office is here to help walk you through the process of applying for benefits and helping you figure out if you qualify. Don’t hesitate to reach out. It’s worth it to explore your options when it comes to military funding for school. We’re here for you!

Please note that if you qualify for multiple types of military benefits with the VA, you’ll need to choose which benefit you want to use, and this decision cannot be changed later. You can learn more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill®  here.

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