The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008

Acupuncture & Massage College would like to inform you about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a new education benefit for service members or veterans. This education benefit provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The amount of support that an individual may qualify for depends on where they live and what type of degree they are pursuing. Approved training includes graduate and undergraduate degrees and vocational/technical training. The maximum basic benefit is earned after serving 36 months of active duty service or after 30 days of continuous service for those individuals who were discharged for a service-connected disability. Individuals serving between 90 days and 36 months of active duty service will be eligible for a percentage of the maximum benefit. Individuals will generally receive 36 months of full-time education benefits. This should allow an individual to receive benefits for a four-year undergraduate degree; however, individuals may continue to receive benefits for approved training at an institute of higher learning, including graduate training, provided they have remaining entitlement. If eligible for more than one VA education program, individuals are limited to a maximum of 48 months of benefits. Individuals transferring to the Post-9/11 GI Bill from the Montgomery GI Bill (chapter 30) will be limited to the amount of their remaining chapter 30 entitlement. Individuals will remain eligible for benefits for 15 years from the date of their last discharge or release from active duty of at least 90 continuous days. The monthly housing allowance is based on the school location and will be sent directly to the veteran for each month of enrollment in school training at more than half time. Those individuals who are on active duty, training at half time or less or those pursuing distance learning are not eligible for the housing allowance. The maximum yearly books and supplies stipend is $1,000 and will be paid proportionally for each quarter, semester or term attended in a school year. Payment will be made to the individual during each term he or she is enrolled. While previous GI Bill benefits covered undergraduate, graduate, certificate programs, on-the-job training, flight training, and non-college degree courses, the Post-9/11 GI Bill only covers college or university programs. To request an application form to apply for benefits through the Post-9/11 Veterans Assistance Act of 2008 or to determine eligibility call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

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