LSATfromNC wrote:Rsrcht wrote:I looked up the CFR and called the VA about how to deal with the 48 months of combined benefits.
If you were to switch over from the regular GI Bill to the post 911 GI bill, then your total # of months of entitlement will remain the same, up to a total of 36 months.
If you exhaust all 36 months of your regular GI Bill benefits first, then enroll in the post 911 GI Bill, you will receive up to 12 months of post 911 GI Bill in addition to your 36 months of regular GI Bill, depending upon how many more months beyond 36 you have to use to finish a semester.
The gentleman on the phone for the VA said that the regular GI bill could go over the 36 month period if you are in the middle of a semester/term, in which case, you could hypothetically use an additional 2 months for a total of 38 months. Once the term is over, you can make the switch and you would have to subtract the 2 months from the additional 12 to determine how many post 911 GI Bill months you would be eligible for.
He said there was no time limit to make the switch to the Post-911 GIBILL within the 15 years of entitlement. He said that I could continue to use my regular GI Bill benefits beyond August 1, 2009 and exhaust said benefits before enrolling at a date beyond August 1, 2009.
So as an example, lets say that I have about 14 months left on the regular GI Bill. I can use them through 1L next year and 2L the following year, upon which I would probably use about 4 months beyond my original 36 months because it would be mid semester (9 month year). I would be eligible for about 8 months of 9-11 GI Bill during 3L.
This is for informational purposes, right I fully intend on switching over on May 1.
Yes, this is for information purposes so that someone can make the best decision in terms of timing and their own situation. After running a few calculations, I found that if I switch over immediately, I won't receive as much toward school as if I were to exhaust my MGIB first then enroll in post-911.