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US GI Bill

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the GI Bill®, which offers educational benefits to qualifying US service members, veterans, guard members, reservists, and their dependents. Since the initial bill was signed into law in 1944, the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which was signed into law in June 2008, contains the most comprehensive educational benefit package.

Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits can include:

  • Tuition

  • Living allowances

  • Allowances for books

  • Ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children

The Post-9/11 GI Bill and other VA education benefits services are available to many Australian education providers. Use the Department of Veterans Affairs Institution Search Tool to find one.

Is it possible for me to participate? What are my advantages?

You must have served on active duty for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, to be qualified for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. If you were honourably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 consecutive days after September 10, 2001, you might be exempt. 

The following benefits are given to eligible service members and veterans:

Benefits for up to 36 months of education


Tuition and fees are charged directly to the institution with financial assistance.


Every word, you will be paid a stipend for books and supplies.


A monthly housing allowance (MHA) is a stipend that is charged to you on a monthly basis.


Transferring unused educational benefits to partners or children


Benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill are calculated as a percentage of the overall amount available. Those that meet the eligibility criteria will get anywhere from 40% to 100% of the maximum sum. Your proportion of available benefits is determined by the duration of your active duty service since September 11, 2001.

* Check your Certificate of Eligibility for your specific benefits


Education providers in Australia who are eligible

Find out which Australian universities accept funding from the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Similarly, several VET providers in Australian states that are approved by the US Department of Veterans Affairs encourage you to study in Australia using your Post-9/11 GI Bill funds.

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