For military students choosing to study abroad on their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, there are some rules and regulations to know before embarking on your journey.
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Need To Know: Your Post-9/11 GI Bill Abroad

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Studying abroad is an enhancement to any college education, and military students entitled to Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits have the same opportunities as civilians to experience studying in a foreign country. For military students choosing to study abroad on their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, there are some rules and regulations to know before embarking on your journey. Make sure you access the most comprehensive Post 9-11 GI Bill coverage for tuition, fees and more, for your study abroad program.

HOME SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES

In order to fully receive your Post-9/11 GI Bill when studying abroad, clear communication is required between the military students' home school, your host school, and the VA office.

Military students studying overseas must be enrolled in courses whose credits will apply to their home school program. Individual programs at the host school (study abroad location) must also be approved by the home school, and fit in with the military students' course of study.

The military student's home school is responsible for paying tuition to the host school or setting up an arrangement for payment; VA does not pay the host school directly.

TUITION COVERAGE ABROAD

For eligible military students, the VA could pay GI Bill benefits equal to the home school's tuition, up to the GI Bill's in-state maximum, not including room and board.

However, a military student studying abroad is required to pay the difference in costs if the host school tuition and fees add up to more than the home school costs in these categories.

ROOM AND BOARD COVERAGE ABROAD

If the military student is enrolled more than half time in terms of credits/courses taken, the VA could provide a monthly housing allowance to the military student, to help with room and board costs. The VA could also award the military student a stipend for books and supplies.

STUDY ABROAD: WHAT YOUR GI BILL WILL NOT COVER

There are certain costs associated with studying and traveling abroad that the VA will not pay, and which will then become the responsibility of the military student.

For example, the VA cannot pay airfare to the host country, amenities fees, or host school fees.

Unless study abroad is mandatory for their home program, the VA cannot pay any fees specific to participation in study abroad programs, or fees charged by home schools for participation in study abroad programs.

The VA also cannot pay a third party if there are additional costs for the study abroad program.

ADDITIONAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

If the military student enrolls in a U.S. school that is not their home school in order to participate in their study abroad program, the new U.S. school is treated by the VA as the home school, and standard home school regulations apply.

These regulations for study abroad coverage under the Post-9/11 GI Bill apply only to military students who are in the 100% benefit payment tier. Any military student below the full payment tier will encounter coverage adjustments accordingly. For example, if the military student's benefit payment tier is 40%, then the VA would pay 40% of the housing allowance, 40% of charged tuition and 40% of the books stipend.



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