The GI Bill: What Are My College Options?

USA Marines in The Desert As a military member do you find yourself wondering “What is the GI Bill?” If so, you have come to the right place. Whether you plan on going to college while in the military or after, it is important that you understand exactly what your military college benefits are.


First Thing’s First: What is the GI Bill?

For starters, what is the GI Bill and when can it be used? Essentially, the GI Bill is given to individuals who have at least 90 days of cumulative service after September 10, 2001 so that they can cover education and housing expenses. In order to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you must have an honorable discharge. If you meet those requirements, your GI Bill is payable for up to 15 years once you leave active duty. That means you can use this benefit to pay for your undergrad or graduate schooling, as well as technical, flight or even entrepreneurship training when you go to college after the military — GI Bill Website.

Great American Military College Benefits

The GI Bill is one of the great college benefits for military members because while attending a public school as an in-state student, it will cover your full tuition and fees. You will also receive a monthly housing stipend that is equal to the rate of an E-5 with dependents and up to $1000 for books and supplies. If you decide to attend a private school or study overseas you will still receive all of that; however, the payment given for tuition and fees is capped at a national limit and the housing stipend for overseas living is a set price. If you want to learn more about tuition caps, the housing allowance, etc. head on over to the GI Bill website here.

Are There Military-Friendly Colleges?

Now that you better understand all the great benefits of the GI Bill, you need to know about some of the military friendly colleges and universities out there. No matter what you hope to study, you should be able to find a school that accepts the GI Bill. Tons of great institutions accept military college benefits such as the University of Southern California, Boise State University and Rutgers University. Some schools like DeVry University and ITT Technical Institute allow you to use your GI Bill while taking classes online.

If you want to search for schools in your area use the following link provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The GI Bill is really an amazing benefit for military members. If you meet the qualifications, definitely take advantage of the opportunity and get your degree. Proudly Supports The Wounded Warrior Project Proudly Supports Our Troops


Sierra Martinez is a Marine Corps wife, mother of one and a writer. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications and a focus in Public Relations.