GI Bill® Overview

You may be eligible for more than one type of education benefit that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs administers under six GI Bill® programs.  To review eligibility requirements and payment rates for each go to the GI Bill® website and click the following links under Education & Training in the left column:  For Students --> Get Started --> Payment Rates.  The Post 9-11 program is described below.

Your GI benefits (and Yellow Ribbon Program, if applicable) will pay for university tuition and mandatory fees, however, flight costs and fees are not covered under the annual cap. Each student is responsible for any flight training costs incurred. See bottom of the Fees & Expenses page for break down of flight costs.

Post 9-11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

To be eligible for the Post 9-11 GI Bill® you must have served at least 90 days after 9-10-2001.  For 100% benefit eligibility you must have served a minimum of 3 years after 9-10-2001. You must still be on active duty to transfer this benefit to a spouse or dependent child.

Florida Tech offers Yellow Ribbon matching grants to veterans eligible for 100% of the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. 

The number of benefit months available under the Post 9-11 GI Bill® is normally a maximum of 36 months; but that number would be reduced if you  previously used some of your eligibility under the Montgomery or another GI Bill®.  Careful attention should be paid when switching from the Montgomery to the Post 9-11 GI Bill®.  Three scenarios below illustrate how your eligibility could be affected.

  1. Exhaust all 36 months of Montgomery eligibility -- you may be eligible for 12 more months of Post 9-11 benefits for a total of 48.
  2. Switch to Post 9-11 before exhausting 36 months of Montgomery eligibility -- your 36 month Post 9-11 eligibility will be reduced by the number of months used under the Montgomery GI Bill®.
  3. Never used the Montgomery GI Bill® -- maximum eligibility under the Post 9-11 GI Bill® remains at 36 months and you may never go back to the Montgomery GI Bill®.

Veterans graduate degree opportunities have expanded under the Post 9-11 GI Bill®.  Effective August 1st 2011, the VA will pay some or all tuition and fees for graduate and undergraduate programs at the in-state resident rate for a public institution.

In addition, you may be eligible to receive a monthly Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) stipend based on your enrollment level and type of enrollment.  If you are enrolled at a level less than full time you may receive a prorated BAH stipend. Comparison Tool/Repayment Rates

Tiered Prorated Eligibility

Member Serves
Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable
At least 36 months 100%
At least 30 continuous days on active duty and must be discharged due to service-connected disability 100%
At least 30 months, but less than 36 months 90%
At least 24 months, but less than 30 months 80%
At least 18 months, but less than 24 months 70%
At least 12 months, but less than 18 months 60%
At least 06 months, but less than 12 months 50%
At least 90 days, but less than 06 months 40%

* Chart applies to those who served on active duty after 9/10/2001 and received an honorable discharge.

* * Full benefit qualification is for a veteran who has served at least 3 years of active duty after September 10, 2001.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.