25 Informative Resources About the GI Bill and Its Educational Benefits

August 18, 2011 | Military Benefits

Most military personnel know that the original Post 9/11 GI Bill had problems…but now, the issues have been addressed, and a new “GI Bill 2.0″ will go into effect by August 2011. Veterans Affairs has posted a new Web site addressing this change (listed below), and many other sites, blogs and articles address the new bill as well. This list of 25 informative resources about the GI Bill — specifically its educational benefits — include all the above, and can provide answers to your questions about an affordable future in college.

Web Sites

GI Bill
  1. Department of Veterans Affairs: This link leads to the GI Bill Web Site portion of the VA Web site. Choose a school, apply for benefits and tap into school resources. Those receiving the Post-9/11 GI Bill do not have to verify their attendance through WAVE.
  2. GI Bill: To find more information on calculating rates and to see the maximum rate of tuition, click on your state on the map located at this link.
  3. Military.com: This is the educational portal for this Web site, with a focus on learning how to use your GI Bill benefits. To learn more about how to use your GI Bill benefits select one of the many duty status categories.
  4. MilitaryTA: This site serves as a tuition assistance information center for eligible members of the U.S. Armed Forces. This site provides all the information you need to know on how to get the most out of your tuition assistance along with resources to help you find determine tuition assistance eligibility, amount of tuition assistance coverage, how to apply for tuition assistance, scholarships for military, grants and more.
  5. National Resource Directory: This site connects Wounded Warriors, service members, veterans, their families and caregivers with those who can support them. You can find a large number of resources here for GI Bill educational resources.
  6. New GI Bill: Calculate your benefits, stay on top of news and get answers to your questions about the Post 9/11 GI Bill. IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) provides these resources.
  7. Stars and Stripes: This link leads to the page that compiles all articles about the GI Bill. This resource is valuable if you are pressed for time, as they report only the most important news and provide resources to pursue the matter further.
  8. Today’s GI Bill: When you committed to your country by serving in the Armed Forces, you earned education benefits that have the power to change your life. Now it’s time to make an investment in yourself. This site offers a bit of history about the GI Bill as well as tons of information on how to use this option for education.
  9. VA Watchdog: Use this site to read the “other side of the picture” if you have questions about the VA and its programs. The worst seen so far about the GI Bill is that less than half of the new GI Bill claims have been processed. That news was reported back in 2009.
  10. Army Students
  11. Veterans Benefits GI Bill: Veterans Benefits GI Bill is your one-stop source for quality and up-to-date information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program, and the Top 25 Military Friendly Colleges for 2011. Find out how to put your educational military benefits to work for yourself and your family.

Blogs and Articles

  1. The Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill: Rod Powers, a retired Air Force First Sergeant with 22 years of active duty service, brings light to U.S. military education and training programs, including information about the GI Bill. Information includes college programs, commissioning programs, technical schools and advanced training, military boarding schools, and related military training programs and procedures.
  2. GI Bill Transferability Has Arrived: New Department of Defense guidance, issued June 23, 2009, establishes the criteria for eligibility and transfer of those education benefits provided by the GI Bill, including information about transferability.
  3. The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act [PDF]: The Post – 9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Read more about this benefit at this file.
  4. Veteans Benefits Blog: This blog covers a wide range of benefit programs, which may help when one program overlaps another. The GI Bill, specifically, however, is located under the categories listed at right on this page.

Specific Focuses

  1. Army: This link leads to all the articles about the GI Bill at this site. The focus is on the Army, and the articles consist of Q&A, blog posts, public relations and other formats that can answer your questions about the bill and educational benefits.
  2. Army College Fund (ACF): The Army College Fund (ACF) is a benefit that increases the monthly payout of the Montgomery GI Bill; however, the ACF can not be combined with the Post 9/11 GI Bill per the latest Human Resources Command enlistment incentive bulletin.
  3. Army Study Guide: This site promotes “soldiers helping soldiers since 1999,” and offers a wide variety of study tools. This site also provides all the information you need to learn about the GI Bill under the “Education Benefits” tab at the top of the page. This site also carries information about the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  4. Military to Mariners Veteran’s Information Page: The Maritime Administration is the agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation with responsibility for waterborne transportation. This site talks about the veteran benefits, including GI Bill and education.
  5. New GI Bill tuition protection approved: The Navy Times brings the freshest perspective to the GI Bill 2.0, especially as it pertains to Navy personnel.
  6. Free Tutoring
  7. United States Coast Guard: Training Center Cape May published this GI Bill FAQ about how the changes affect Coast Guard members. They use the format to answer the most frequently asked questions about the changes.

Post 9/11 2.0

  1. GI Bill Version 2.0: Washington Split on How To Make New Post-9/11 GI Bill Work: This is a 2008 article that can help define the new improvements to the GI Bill. This article talks about the previous GI Bill shortcomings, along with information recently added that those shortfalls have been met with the new bill.
  2. Reformed GI Bill to extend benefits to National Guardsmen: DiamondBack Online provides information to National Guard members, who also will receive additional benefits under two components of a modified GI Bill that will save $734 million throughout the next decade.
  3. New G.I. Bill 2.0 increases education benefits: Military Reporter provides information about the new GI Bill 2.0 that eliminates many inconsistencies and exclusions found in the previous Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. The new bill also enhances the benefits for veterans and active duty personnel wanting to return to school.
  4. The Post-9/11 GI Bill 2.0: This article, published by Defense Media Network, outlines the benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill 2.0 (also known as the “Fix Bill”) in an easy-to-read list. In order to expand coverage to more veterans, some cost-saving trade-offs were necessary, and those three items are listed here as well.
  5. What the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Bill Means for Our Veterans: The White House Blog contains information about the new GI Bill, posted in January 2011. Darienne Page, director of Veterans Outreach in the White House Office of Public Engagement, wrote this article.

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