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2.3. Be an Informed Consumer: Spend Your GI Bill Benefits Wisely

Even though the school's VA Certifying Official should be able to answer your questions regarding your GI Bill Benefits – it is important for you to have an understanding of what your benefits are and how you can use them.   No two veterans have the same careers, experiences, or military incentives afforded to them.  Whether you are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, or another VA benefits program, gaining an understanding about your benefits is important. 

In October 2011, significant changes were made to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which added some flexibility and new benefits.  You may qualify for increased payment rates, housing stipends if an online student, book stipends, support for apprenticeship programs, and more.  It will be important for you to compare schools to find the one that best meets your needs when using your benefits.  Having more options for GI Bill benefits is great, but will require you to do additional research to be sure you are making the best decision for you.   

Take the time to ask questions.  These are benefits you have earned and have more flexibility than ever before.  But once they are gone . . . they are gone.

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