GI Benefits: The Post-9/11 GI-Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after Sept. 10, 2001, and for individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible.
The Post 9-11 GI Bill will pay eligible individuals:
Federal Direct Stafford Loans: These low-interest loans assist with educational expenses and are federally guaranteed, which means borrowers do not need to pass a credit check to receive funding. Maximum award: $20,500 per academic year.
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans: Graduate and professional students have the option of borrowing through the Graduate PLUS program to cover any remaining educational expenses. A credit check is required. You can begin repaying these loans while in school or defer repayment until after graduation, if you are enrolled at least half-time.
Applying for Financial Aid: Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Basic eligibility requirements include:
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