Spotlight on education: Using GI Bill benefits Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 February 2018
By Brian Jungen
Special to GUIDON

The GI Bill benefit can be used to pay for college tuition, vocational school attendance, on-the-job training, and many other forms of educational activities.

“The GI Bill benefit is earned by time in service and generally 100 percent of the benefit is available for use after three years of service,” said Karla Hope, Truman Education Center education counselor.

Hope said the two main types of the GI Bill are Montgomery and Post 9/11.

The Montgomery GI Bill is gained by having $100 per month deducted from your paycheck upon entering basic training. The Post 9/11 GI Bill is given to those who choose not to pay into the Montgomery GI Bill. Both bills entitle you to 36 months of academic training.

Although both bills pay for the same educational programs, they pay out in different ways. When using the Montgomery GI Bill, the VA pays you a set amount of money per month for the tuition and fees at the school you are attending.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill pays tuition and fees for your school, but the VA pays the money directly to the school.

In addition, you are eligible for the “E-5 with dependent” rate (Basic Allowance for Housing) while attending school. This benefit only applies after you have separated from the service. Active-duty service members and their spouses are not entitled to the BAH payments.

Dependent children attending college are entitled to the BAH benefit regardless of the status of the service member.

The Post 9/11 benefit also pays up to $1,000 per academic year for books and supplies. For an academic program, the user is paid $41.67 per credit hour, which equals $125 per 3 credit hour class.

“We encourage service members to come to the Truman Education Center if they have any questions regarding their GI Bill benefits and eligibility,” said Norris Johnson, Truman Education Center education services officer.

(Editor’s note: Jungen is an Education Counselor at Fort Leonard Wood’s Truman Education Center.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 February 2018 )