College tuition costs are rising, so some GI Bill rates are increasing

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As college tuition continually increases, the GI Bill is required to meet the average rise in cost.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced in March new Post-9/11 GI Bill rates for the 2019-20 school year rates, effective Aug. 1, and new Montgomery GI Bill and Dependents’ Education Assistance rates, effective Oct. 1.

The average increase for GI Bill rates for the upcoming school year is about 3.4 percent.

All tuition and fee payments for in-state students at public schools are covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

For private or foreign schools or non-college degree granting institutions, the maximum tuition and fee reimbursement per academic year will increase to $24,476.79, according to the VA, up from $23,671.94.

Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was implemented in 2009, more than 773,000 veterans and family members have received more than $20 billion in benefits. About 80 percent of all GI Bill beneficiaries use the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Many veterans qualify for more than one education benefits program, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Educational Assistance Program and the Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance program, according to the VA.  

The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays for tuition and fees, a housing allowance, books and supplies stipend, tutoring, training programs and moving costs.

The GI Bill also covers flight schools, which will see a bump to $13,986.72 per academic year, according to the VA, up from $13,526.

National testing programs and licensing and certification tests also can be covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. GI Bill users can be reimbursed up to $2,000 per licensing and certification test and there is no cap on the amount of reimbursement for national tests.

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