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The Post-9/11 GI BIll

Issues: Education, Veterans

We are keeping our promise to America’s student veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill through this new legislation, enabling them to stay in the school of their choice.”

Chairman Jeff Miller

Education and Training Pays Big

The original GI BIll was introduced just before the end of World War II and provided returning servicemembers the opportunity to get an education to help them begin a new career after leaving the military. This committment to ensuring that veterans receive the educational benefits they deserve has been modified several times over the past half century, including the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011,  was enacted into law in August of 2011. This change kept student veterans enrolled in the school of their choice by temporarily restoring the original Post-9/11 GI Bill method of paying tuition and fees based on the maximum in-state, undergraduate fee schedule.

The GI Bill remains one of the most important benefits that our veterans receive for their time in the service. Our warfighters are our most valuable assets, and there is no reason this should not remain the case when they step back in to civilian life. By providing them with an excellent education, the GI Bill helps them acquire the skills needed to obtain employment and remain valuable members of society.


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If you are using the Montgomery or Post-9/11 GI Bill, to find the most up-to-date information and to choose the school that is right for you, please click here.


Have questions about the GI BIll? Check out our GI Bill FAQ page.

Highlights of the Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act

Under the Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011, student veterans now have the ability to remain in the school of thier choice without incurring severe fee increases beginning this year.

  • By "grandfathering" up to 30,000 student veterans in seven states (Arizona, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas). Veterans did not have to change schools or drop out due to legislative changes made last year to the Post-9/11 GI Bill thanks to the Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011.
  • The Restoring GI BIll Fairness Act was the first piece of veteran legislation of the 112th Congress to be sent to the President for signature into law. It was signed on August 3, 2011.
  • Eligible student veterans who were accepted, or are enrolled, in a private school in AZ, MI, NH, NY, PA, SC, and TX prior to or on January 4, 2011, are "grandfathered."
  • The Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 restores the original Post-9/11 GI Bill method of paying tuition and fees on the maximum, in-state undergraduate fee schedule for eligible students.
  • The Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 was paid for under the PAYGO rule and did not increase the deficit.
  • Allows studends to complete their education at the school of their choice.
  • Since its implementation in August 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill has trained 1.9 million participants.

More About the Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI Bills

Many veterans have questions regarding their GI Bill benefits. The Committee participated in an online forum earlier this year, hosted by, to answer many of the questions veterans have about the GI Bill. Click on the link below to read the forum.

Learn more about the GI BIll here and here.