Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals 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.

Effective August 1, 2018, service members and honorably discharged veterans who were awarded a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001 will automatically qualify for 100% eligibility under Chapter 33.

Election. Students eligible for Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606 on or after August 1, 2009 and on their election date (application date) must relinquish a benefit to receive Chapter 33. Students eligible for more than one benefit only have to relinquish one benefit to receive Chapter 33.

Length of Service Percentage. Eligible students receive a percentage of the Chapter 33 benefit for tuition and fees, monthly housing allowance, and book stipend based on their length of service. The percentage is determined by the student's aggregate active duty service after September 10, 2001. All creditable active duty and qualifying call-up service are combined to determine the aggregate service.

Length of service percentages are described in the following table:

Service Requirements
(Aggregate active duty after 9/10/01)

% of Maximum Benefit

At least 36 months


At least 30 continuous days on active duty
(Must be discharged due to service-connected disability)


At least 30 months, but less than 36 months(1)


At least 24 months, but less than 30 months(1)


At least 18 months, but less than 24 months(2)


At least 12 months, but less than 18 months(2)


At least 06 months, but less than 12 months(2)


At least 90 days, but less than 06 months(2)


(1) Includes entry level and skill training.
(2) Excludes entry level and skill training.
(3) If the service requirements are met at both the 80 and 70 percent level, the maximum percentage of 70 must be applied to amounts payable.


Common Name: Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008
Eligibility Requirements: An individual who served a minimum of 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001. Active duty, served as a member of the Armed Forces or as a result of a call or order to active duty from a reserve component under Section 688, 12301(a), 12301(d), 12301(g), 12302, or 12304 of Title 10 is qualifying active duty service.
Cutoff Dates: Service members who were discharged before January 1, 2013 will have 15 years to use their benefit from the last date of discharge or release from active duty of at least 90 days. Service members discharged or released from active duty after January 1 2013, will no longer have a delimiting date on their benefit.
Tutorial Assistance: Yes
Miscellaneous: Chapter 33 benefits are paid based on individual student eligibility rate.
Dependent Eligibility: The Department of Defense may offer the opportunity to transfer benefits to spouse or dependent children.