GI Bill benefits for study in Australia

The GI Bill®, administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), provides educational benefits to eligible US service members, veterans, guard members, reservists, and their dependents.

The GI Bill®, administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), provides educational benefits to eligible US service members, veterans, guard members, reservists, and their dependents. The more recent Post-9/11 GI Bill, signed into law in June 2008, provides the most comprehensive educational benefit package since the original bill was signed into law in 1944.

Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits can include:

  • Tuition
  • Living allowances
  • Allowances for books
  • Ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children

Many Australian education providers are eligible to participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other VA education benefits programs. Find one here using the Department of Veterans Affairs Institution Search Tool.

Am I eligible? What are my benefits?

To be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you must have served at least 90 consecutive days on active duty after 10 September 2001. You may also be eligible if you were honourably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following 10 September 2001.

Eligible service members and veterans are provided with:

  • Up to 36 months of education benefits
  • Financial support for school tuition and fees paid directly to your institution
  • A yearly book and supplies stipend paid to you each term
  • A monthly housing allowance (MHA) paid to you
  • The ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children

Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are paid on a percentage basis of the maximum amount possible. Between 40-100% of the maximum amount is available to those who meet the eligibility requirements.* The length of your active duty service since 11 September 2001 will determine your percentage of available benefits.

* Check your Certificate of Eligibility for your specific benefits

Eligible Australian education providers

Find out which Australian universities recognise Post-9/11 GI Bill funding in Australia.

Similarly, many VET providers across Australian states, accredited by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, allow you to study in Australia using Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. 

Other helpful resources:

GI Bill ® is a registered trademark of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official US government website http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

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