Post-9/11 GI Bill

Administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, can help eligible veterans pursue law school education by paying tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance and a book stipend.  All benefits are paid on a sliding scale, depending on the cumulative length of a veteran’s post-9/11 active duty military service:

% of Maximum Benefit
90 days of qualifying service 50%
6 months of qualifying service 60%
18 months of qualifying service 70%
24 months of qualifying service 80%
30 months of qualifying service 90%
36 months of qualifying service or more

Veterans who received a Purple Heart post-9/11 and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or who served for at least 30 continuous days post-9/11 and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability, are also eligible for the full maximum benefit payable.

The benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill can be transferred to veterans’ spouses (including same-sex spouses) and dependent children (including adopted childen and stepchildren). States must ensure that all public institutions of higher education offering VA-approved programs charge tuition and fees at resident rates to all such covered individuals.

Applying for Benefits

The VA offers several ways to apply for Post-9/11 GI Bill education assistance and resources to help you understand benefits. Please note that the VA takes an average of thirty (30) days to process education claims. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility verifying the amount of benefits and months of entitlement available to you. To request the use of your available benefits at the University of Louisville, please contact the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services to discuss next steps. Please note that the University’s VA Certifying Official will need a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility.

The University of Louisville requires tuition to be paid at the time of registration. Due to the processing time you may experience with the VA, you cannot rely on your education benefits to cover the initial tuition payment. For more information on alternate payment plans, please contact the University Bursar.

The information in this section is subject to change. Any updates to the provisions or benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill will be provided on the VA website. For more information on veteran education benefits and resources at the University of Louisville, please contact the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services.