The Post 9/11 benefits provides airmen who have served at least 90 days on active duty since 9/11/01 with numerous education benefits. These benefits are available for up to 15 years after being released from active duty, and are transferable to spouses and children.
Differences Between Post 9/11 Bill and GI Bill
Although both of these bills provide financial assistance for continued education, there are some differences between these two programs.
Once you pay your GI Bill fee, the GI Bill pays you a fixed amount to attend school for up to 10 years after your discharge date.
The Post 9/11 Bill requires no sign-up fee, however the benefits are paid directly to the school (not to you), and the length of your service determines the amount paid out. At least 90 days of active duty are required to qualify for the program, however that length of service only qualifies you for 40% of the tuition paid, 3 years or more are required for 100% payment.
Transferring Benefits to Dependents
Benefits are also transferable to dependents, provided the following requirements are met:
- At least six years of service, with the promise of four more
- Have served for at least ten years and be near retirement, or prevented by regulation from serving an additional four years, in which case you may qualify for a shorter additional period of service
- Transfer your benefits while still on active duty