COVID-19 :  Virus Concerns and Questions About How it Affects Your Gi Bill® Benefits

Schools within the state of Texas, and across the country, are moving in-person classes to online courses in the interest of public health.

What does that mean to you?  Where can you get more information?

  • Congress has introduced legislation, that if enacted, will alleviate impact to GI Bill recipients and students if your programs are modified and moved to solely online classes/distance education.
  • Visit the Dept of Veteran Affairs’ website often to receive the most recent information regarding your benefits.
  • Your school certifying official (SCO) has been provided guidance regarding certification of benefits. Contact your SCO for information on your benefits as they relate to your enrollment.
  • Contact your school certifying official for the most up-to-date information regarding attendance, participation, class schedules, and similar.

Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational/technical training, on-the-job training, flight training, correspondence training, licensing and national testing programs, entrepreneurship training, and tutorial assistance. All training programs must be approved for GI Bill benefits.


What the Post-9/11 GI Bill may include:

  • Your full tuition & fees directly to the school for all public school in-state students. For those attending a private or foreign school, tuition & fees are capped at the national maximum rate of $21,970.46. Click here for more information;
  • A Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA). MHA is generally the same as the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. Click here to determine your MHA. Remember to drop the pay grade down to E-5. One half of the BAH national average is given for students training solely by distance learning and the MHA is not payable to individuals on active duty or those enrolled at half the time or less;
  • An annual books and supplies stipend;
  • A one-time rural benefit payment.

* Break (or interval pay) will no longer be payable under Post-9/11 GI Bill except during periods your school is closed as a result of an Executive Order of the President or an emergency (such as natural disaster or strike). For example, if your Fall term ends on December 15th and your Spring term begins January 10th, your January housing allowance will cover 15 days in December and your February housing allowance will cover 21 days in January.

Click here for information for transferring your education benefits.


  • Veteran must have at least 90 days aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001 or;
  • Individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days; and
  • Must have received an honorable discharge.

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