Post 9/11 GI Bill ®

The Post-9/11 GI Bill ® went into effect on August 1, 2009. The bill provides significantly enhanced educational benefits for veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces on active duty since September 11, 2001. For general information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, to find out if you are eligible for benefits, or to apply for benefits, please call the Department of Veteran Affairs at 888-GI-Bill-1, or visit Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, benefits for students vary by state. Benefits are pro-rated according to your benefit eligibility (time on active duty service). If you are 100% eligible for benefits, the VA will pay the 2019-2020 benefit amounts below. If you are less than 100% eligible, multiply the benefit amount times your eligibility rate.



The VA school year commences on August 1st, and ends on July 31st. Effective August 1, 2018 tuition and fees up to $24,476.79 are covered for students who are 100% eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits. Students who are not 100% eligible are covered up to their percentage of eligibility. For example, a student who is rated at 90% eligibility is covered up to a maximum of $22,029.11 in tuition and fees for the academic school year. When the HPU VA School Certifying Official reports tuition and fees to the VA, the VA would pay 90% of the reported tuition and fees, up to the maximum benefit for the VA academic year. The VA will send your tuition payments directly to HPU, and the payments will be credited to your account. If your tuition and fees exceed the yearly maximum entitlement, and you are 100% eligible for VA benefits, you may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship to make up the difference in your tuition and fees expenses. The Yellow Ribbon Scholarship for the academic year 2019-2020 will cover an additional $20,000.00 in tuition and fees with $10,000.00 coming from the VA and $10,000.00 from HPU. 



The Post-9/11 GI Bill® will pay some of your required HPU fees, including tech fees, student activity fees and graduation fees. It will not cover transcript fees, athletic fees, parking fees, add/drop fees or other non-required fees. Fee payments are also sent directly to HPU.



To be eligible for housing benefits, you must:

  • Be a veteran or a dependent eligible for veteran benefits.
  • Be taking classes MORE THAN ½ time.
  • Be taking at least one of your classes in person for the Hawaii rate.
  • If all classes are online, and MORE THAN ½ time, students are eligible for the online housing rate.
  • Students who are registered MORE THAN ½ time, but less than full time, will receive a prorated payment based on their rate of pursuit.
  • Active duty service members or transferee spouse of service member will not receive a housing benefit while the originator of the benefit is active duty.

If you meet all of the first three requirements, you will receive housing payments while you are enrolled for up to $3,039 per month (2019 – 2020 rate). This amount is prorated for partial months of enrollment. 

Note to our military population in response to COVID-19: Summer 2020 course sections that begin with “V” meet the face-to-face course requirements. 



If you are a veteran, you will receive up to $41.67 per credit ($1,000 per year max) for books and supplies. The VA will send housing and book payments directly to you. While most students find the new bill more beneficial, some students may prefer to keep their benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill® or other veteran educational programs rather than switch to the new bill. If you are eligible for benefits under more than one educational program, we strongly encourage you to review the comparison information on the VA’s website, or to discuss your situation with a VA Representative. Also, if you are eligible for recruitment bonuses or “kickers,” please contact the VA directly for more information at 1-888-GI-Bill-1. You may also wish to use the GI Bill® Benefit Calculator for estimated benefits.



The Department of Defense (DOD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Find out if you can transfer any of your unused Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits to your spouse or dependent children.

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