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Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

The new Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides education benefits for servicemembers who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001. These benefits are tiered based on the number of days served on active duty, creating a benefit package that gives current and previously activated National Guard and Reserve members the same benefits as active duty servicemembers.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for veterans 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. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Qualified veterans will receive coverage ranging between 40% and 100% of the maximum amount payable, depending upon the length of their post-9/11 service. Covered college costs include:

  • Tuition and fees not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition and fees at a public institution of higher learning are paid directly to the college by the program.
  • A monthly housing allowance (MHA) based upon the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents at the location of an in-residence school. When using distance learning, at least one in-residence course per semester must be taken in person at the in-residence college. Attendance must be at a rate greater than 50% to receive the MHA.
  • An annual stipend of $1,000 for books and supplies paid proportionately based on enrollment.
  • A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals.

Veterans Online Application

1. Apply for your VA Benefits online

Whether you choose to apply online or by sending a paper application through the mail, we recommend following the Road Map found at the link above.

2. Follow this guide to use your benefits at Excelsior

These detailed instructions will help you use your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at Excelsior College.

Financial aid counselor for veterans


Application, degree planning, or enrollment assistance

Toll free: 888-647-2388, ext. 22


Veteran Services and Outreach at Excelsior:


Phone: 518-464-8678

Fax: 518-464-8777


Veterans Services and Outreach
Excelsior College
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-5159

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