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| As a member of the military or veteran, you are eligible for several education and career-training benefits that you may use to pursue a degree or certificate yourself or pass along to members of your family.
Education and Employment Programs
Post-9/11 GI Bill: Available to active duty personnel and veterans who served after Sept. 10, 2001, this bill provides up to 36 months of postsecondary-education benefits. You can use these benefits to pay for tuition and fees, books and supplies of up to $1,000, living expenses and other potential costs. While the benefit can be used at most public and private institutions, the payments for tuition and fees generally are capped at the maximum in-state undergraduate tuition and fees for a public university.
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Transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: Active duty personnel who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill also may be able to transfer the full 36 months or any unused education benefits from the program to their spouse, children or a combination of the two.
The Department of Defense (DoD) decides whether benefits can be transferred to your dependents, who then may apply for the benefits through the VA. Your beneficiaries must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and be eligible for benefits at the time of transfer in order to receive the education benefits. There are also several eligibility criteria you must meet to transfer the benefits, including: