rtg1281 wrote:Using the state of IL as an example, it seems that some on here are saying that annual tuition benefits would be $17530. This info seems to be pulled from the VA website listing benefit amounts. However, gibill2008.org also has a graph that leads me to believe that benefits would be $9742......
Does anyone have any insight to the why they differ? and better yet which is accurate?
Both totals are correct the problem is that the VA leaves it up to the individual states to determine how much the most expensive in-state undergrad tuition/fees are. In Illinois the University of Illinois at Chicago has the most expensive program at $9k, however each school can use any undergrad program to determine the cost. So they can use say a 5 or 6 year nursing or architecture program that comes out to be a lot more than a standard Arts and Sciences degree program and use that. It's the same way in Tennessee, Ohio, Texas and Iowa. The cost they've listed are not the same as their most expensive "general" full time undergrad curriculum. That's why the numbers keep changing and are so inconsistent.
Personally I would go by whatever is posted to the VA website. It's the only official source for VA benefits and it does get updated very regularly. I've seen 3 or 4 different maximus quoted since the beginning of the year. As different schools sign up for the program and start getting the details I would expect the numbers to start changing as they finalize the details. But since VA is the one writing the check I would stick to their (ever-changing) info.