On June 30, 2008, President George W. Bush signed the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, ushering in a new era for the education of America’s veterans. The "New GI Bill" will offer higher education benefits not seen since the end of the Second World War. The Ohio GI Promise seeks to expand on the opportunities provided by the GI Bill by ensuring that veterans and their dependents who choose to attend a University System of Ohio institution will have the best support available in completing their degrees.
To best way to ensure that veterans take full advantage of the educational benefits they have earned is to make sure they know where to find them. To that end, we encourage you to explore the links below for information directly from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website. The USDVA also maintains a toll free hotline at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
Post 9-11 GI Bill Information
For veterans who served at least 90 days active duty service after September 11, 2001, the new GI Bill will provide educational financing assistance in pursuit of a college degree. Veterans with 36 months total active service will be qualified to receive 100 percent assistance up to the highest public, in-state, undergraduate tuition and fees for a period of 36 months.
*update as of 2/15/2017 - Army HR issued MILPER 17-059 to expand qualifying active duty time for reservists. (Active duty for training, active duty for special work, and active duty for operational support - reserve component are now included) A PDF of MILPER 17-059 can be found here.
The Yellow Ribbon Program and the Post 9-11 GI Bill
The Yellow Ribbon Program will allow higher education institutions to enter into agreements with the USDVA to fund veteran education beyond the highest, public, in-state, undergraduate tuition and fees (ie: private education or graduate programs).
Montgomery GI Bill Information
The Montgomery GI Bill won't be going away!! It will continue to be an option for servicemembers and, in cases where veterans want to receive training that doesn't earn a 2-year or 4-year degree, an indispensible tool in giving veterans access to the skilled training that many of today's employers are looking for.