August 6, 2009 | Diane Johnson | Leave a comment On Aug 2 President Obama marked the launch of the Post-9/11 GI Bill with an invitation to veterans. The launch marks an unprecedented opportunity for post-9/11 veterans to seek post-secondary degrees. “We do this not just to meet our moral obligation to those who sacrificed greatly on our behalf and on behalf of the country,” said Obama. “We do it because these men and women must now be prepared to lead our nation in the peaceful pursuit of economic leadership in the 21st century.” The Post-9/11 GI Bill will cover up to 100 percent of student costs such as tuition, housing, books and supplies. The amount depends on the state in which individuals attend school. For instance, an individual enrolled in a Texas school could be eligible to receive $28,126 a semester. An individual enrolled in Colorado would be eligible to receive $43,035. The VA has determined that individuals in Florida are eligible for up to $62,000 per term. With the Post-9/11 GI Bill, tuition and fees are paid directly to the school. The bill will pay up to 100 percent of veteran’s tuition. Veterans also receive a monthly housing stipend and a $1,000 stipend a year for books and supplies. Individuals are also eligible for tutorial assistance adding up to a yearly total of $1200, or $100 a month. The costs for licensing and certification tests may also be reimbursed up to $2,000. Students that want to attend school part-time, receive only a portion of the payment based on the number of credits they take. The bill is available to veterans up to 15 years after their date of discharge so it is recommended that veterans take advantage of these new benefits as soon as possible. Are you ready to take advantage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill? Visit ClassesandCareers.com and fill out their form. An education counselor will show you how to use the bill to get the degree you want.