The federal government offers assistance through The Forever GI Bill, also known as the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017. This revised version of the GI Bill aims to develop and strengthen education benefits for veterans, current servicemembers, families, and survivors. Eliminating the 15-year limit to the Post-9/11 GI Bill has cleared the path to a benefit available for “forever”.
The core educational benefits provided under this legislation include assistance with tuition and other education related fees, housing, textbooks and various class supplies.
The main qualification for these benefits come from your discharge date. Veterans who were discharged on or after the first of the year in 2013 are eligible for Forever GI Bill benefits. Those who were discharged before this date are covered by Post-9/11GI Bill benefits.
Other qualifications can impact the number of benefits you are entitled to, such as the amount of time served.
- 0 to 90 days – no benefits
- 90 days to 6 months – 50% of benefits
- 6 to 12 months – 60% of benefits
- 12 months or more – 100% of benefits
- 30 days or more, discharged due to service-connected injury or received Purple Heart – 100% of benefits
Among other benefits offered under the new legislation, the bill offers an uncomplicated procedure for transferring benefits to a dependent, access to a Work-Study program, a monthly housing allowance, the expansion of the Yellow Ribbon Program to active duty members, and availability of additional benefits if enrolled in a STEM program.
The Forever GI Bill can offer veterans an opportunity to create better opportunities for success and make the tough transition into civilian life a little easier.
For more information on the assistance offered through the GI Bill, visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/forevergibill.asp.