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Post 9/11 GI bill for spouse and RN to BSN degree

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Specializes in Home Health, Podiatry, Neurology, Case Mgmt. Has 8 years experience.

So hubby signed over his GI bill to me for me to get my BSN after i finish with EC next year. (i know he is super duper the best :heartbeat) but i don't really understand the funding and wondered if anyone could help me out on this one? I don't understand WHAT it will or how much it will actually pay for? I really do not want to have any extry loans or money out of pocket so i need to find a BSN program that is distance learning and all books included in the tuition costs...any ideas folks?

TY!

Hi Tasha,

I was prior military and have the GI Bill. I am working on my RN to BSN through Thomas Edison State College.

Once you send your GI Bill form to the school all that was required of me was to register for the course. I have never received a bill. The classes are approx. 365.00 per credit. At this time I am registered in 2 classes (6 credits) and did not have to pay for anything.

Your best bet is to contact the office that pertains to GI Bills, or go on line to www.GIBILL.com and there will be alot of information.

Good luck to you and your venture in receiving your BSN.

Laura Thompson

TashaLPN2006RN2012, ASN, RN

Specializes in Home Health, Podiatry, Neurology, Case Mgmt. Has 8 years experience.

thanks Laura! I know my paper work says i'm 100% eligible for 36mo but never said a specific amount of money so i wasn't sure how that worked! thanks!

The money amount is going to vary depending upon which state you're in and is based upon the in-state tuition rate for non-private institutions. Also, if once your husband either retires or is discharged you should be eligible for both the housing and supplies stipend.

It was my experience when I used the GI Bill years ago, that there really wasn't anyone in the business office of my university that understood how it was supposed to work.

As the GI Bill is administered through the Veteran's Administration you really should be talking to someone there. Another option is to discuss this was a benefits counselor with a service connected organization (VFW, American Legion).

Good luck to you in your future plans, and thank you to your husband for his service.

TashaLPN2006RN2012, ASN, RN

Specializes in Home Health, Podiatry, Neurology, Case Mgmt. Has 8 years experience.

thanks for the info, im going to call the vA and ask them...i wont be using it for at least 6 mo months but was trying to figure out how it will work...thanks again!

Hello,

You may want to consider doing an RN to BSN program in a classroom setting (not online). If you take at least one credit in a classroom and are taking at least seven credits, you can collect a housing allowance. I'm getting $2052 a month and that has made school a lot easier. No financial stress = easier to concentrate on school work.

TashaLPN2006RN2012, ASN, RN

Specializes in Home Health, Podiatry, Neurology, Case Mgmt. Has 8 years experience.

i was told that that is incorrect. I will not get any housing allowance as long as my husband is active duty, however, they would pay for books. If my husband was out of the service and i was using the GI bill then, we would get the housing allowance. A friend of my mom's used her husbands gi bill and they paid her the housing allowance while her husband was active and then the last semester of school they refused to pay for her due to the "overpayment' of the housing allowance that she should have never gotten and she got a billf rom the VA for 15,000 she had to pay back...YIKES!