New GI Bill Reimbursement Rates Effective Today, August 1st

Posted by Jason Van Steenwyk GI bill reimbursement ratesThe new adjusted reimbursement rates for GI Bill beneficiaries for the 2013-2014 academic year become effective on August 1st. Here’s a breakdown:

Benefit Cap for Tuition and Fee Reimbursement for Qualified Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs)

  • Private and Foreign Schools: Up to $19,198.31 per academic year, subject to certain exceptions, outlined below
  • Vocational Flight Schools: Up to $10,970.46 (actual net costs).
  • Correspondence Schools: Up to $9,324.89 (actual net costs).
  • Public colleges and universities for state residents: No cap. The GI Bill will cover all tuition and fees for in-state students.



                              Max Charge per Credit Hour            Max fees per term

Arizona                                 $725                                         $15,000

Michigan                                $1,001.00                                  $19,374.50

New Hampshire                      $1,003.75                                   $5,197

New York                               $1,010                                      $12,293

Pennsylvania                          $934                                         $6,110

South Carolina                        $829                                         $2,798

Texas                                    $1,549                                      $12,130


These rates apply to students attending an institute of higher learning in these specific states who have been enrolled in the same program since January 4th, 2011. The VA will pay the lower of actual tuition and fees combined or the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees.

For non-residents, you may be eligible for additional benefits if your school elects to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. To qualify for this program, you must have served on active duty after September 10, 2001, for a minimum of 36 months, in the aggregate, be honorably discharged for a service-connected disability after having served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001, or be a qualified dependent of an eligible veteran and use the Transfer of Entitlement feature under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

You can find a list of education institutions participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program here.


Housing Allowance

Generally, GI Bill recipients enrolled full-time in institutes of higher learning get the same pay as the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents. The Department of Veterans affairs calculates that based on your school’s zip code, not your address.

There are some exceptions, however, to the VA’s GI Bill monthly housing allowance (MHA) policy:

  • Foreign schools: $1,429.00
  • Exclusively online programs with no classroom component: $714.50
  • ½ time students or less: NO MHA
  • Active duty trainee: NO MHA
  • Transferee spouse of service member: NO MHA


For non-residents, you may be eligible for additional benefits if your school elects to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Books: Post 9/11 GI Bill beneficiaries receive an annual stipend of up to $1,000, prorated based on their enrollment.

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