Post 9/11 GI Bill Increase Announced For AugustUpdated: September 4, 2022
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced increases in the Post-9/11 GI Bill for the 2022 academic year. These rates are effective from Aug. 1, 2022-July 31, 2023.
The GI Bill covers all tuition and fees for in-state students attending public schools.
For those attending private or foreign schools, the maximum tuition and fee reimbursement per academic year is $26,381.37, up from $26,042.81 for the 2021 academic year.
Monthly Housing Allowance
There is also an increase in the monthly housing allowance. These depend on where you attend classes, whether online or in-person and whether you attend full- or part-time.
The MHA rates in effect from Aug. 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023, are as follows, according to the VA:
Post-9/11 and GI Forever GI Bill (Chapter 33) Payment Rate Exceptions
Aug. 1, 2022-July 31, 2023
|Type of School||MHA Rate|
|Schools in U.S. territories||E-5 with dependents overseas housing allowance (OHA) rate for school location if attending in person|
|Exclusively online training (no classroom instruction)||$938.50|
|Attending classes at ½ time or less (fewer than seven credits)||Not payable|
|Active-duty trainee (or spouse of service member)||Not payable|
If you are attending classes at 51% of a full course load or more, the MHA is calculated based on the number of credits you are taking. For example, if you are a full course load is 12 credits, and you are taking eight, your training time is 67%. The MHA payment will be rounded up or down to the nearest 10%. So, in this example, you would receive 70% of the applicable housing allowance.
Note that while housing allowances change in January of a given year, the GI Bill housing allowance payouts do not change until September for college terms beginning on or after Aug. 1, according to the VA.
If you are new to using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, it is important to know that MHA is calculated based on the ZIP code of the school you are attending the majority of your classes. Additionally, if you are taking online-only classes, your housing allowance is calculated at a fixed rate (see above) rather than by ZIP code.
If you joined the military after Sept. 11, 2001, and you have fewer than 36 months of service, you may only be eligible for a percentage of the full GI Bill benefits, according to the VA. The amount is based on a sliding scale depending on the months in service.
For example, those who served at least 90 days but fewer than six months would be entitled to 50% of the usual GI Bill benefits. Those who served 30 months but fewer than 36 months would be eligible for 90% of the GI Bill benefit.
Joe Wallace is a 13-year veteran of the United States Air Force and a former reporter for Air Force Television News