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How do I determine how much of my tuition and fees the VA will pay my school?

To answer this question, you need to know three things:

  1. How much is your school charging you for tuition for a specific term?
  2. How much is your school charging you in fees for the same term?
  3. What percentage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill am I entitled to receive?

To answer the above questions, let's assume the following:

  • You are an undergraduate student attending an approved program at a public institution.
  • You are enrolled in 12 credit hours for the fall term and your school has charged you $2,400 for tuition and $500 in fees.
  • The GI Bill website shows that your state maximum cost per credit hour is $250 and fees is $1,000.

How much will VA pay?

If you are entitled to 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, VA will pay your school $2,900.

  • VA will pay the $2,400 your were charged for tuition. This was the amount you were charged and does not exceed the maximum VA can pay.
    • The maximum VA could pay was determined by multiplying the number of credit hours you are enrolled in and the maximum the VA could pay (12 credit hours X $250 max cost per credit hour in your state = $3,000 max VA can pay.)
  • VA will pay the $500 of fees you were charged. This was the amount you were charged and does not exceed the maximum $1,000 VA can pay per term.

Note: If you are entitled to less than 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, multiply the amount VA pays by your percentage of entitlement

Example: You're entitled to 70%, the payment to the school would be $2,030 ($2,900 X 70% = 2,030).

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