Does the GI Bill Cover Tutoring Expenses?

The GI Bill does cover tutoring expenses, but the benefits depend on the individual, the amount of time served and the higher learning institution. Generally speaking, the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is available for service members who began active duty September 10 of 2001. Members of the military who have served at least a total of 90 days, or those who were honorably discharged from active duty because of a disability, are eligible to apply. 

Benefit and Eligibility Overview

The G.I. Bill provides service members with $100 of financial tutorial assistance every month. The annual maximum amount is capped at $1,200. The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill does not include an entitlement charge, but the Montgomery G.I. Bill’s entitlement charge starts after the first $600. In order to be eligible for tutorial assistance, service members must be enrolled in a college program at least half-time, which is referred to as a 50 percent rate of pursuit. The service member must have a documented academic or training deficiency that warrants their need for tutorial assistance. Tutorial assistance is not available between quarters or semesters, which means that the service member must be enrolled in the class while requesting academic help.

How to Apply

In order to apply, students must submit a VA Form 22-1990t, which is also known as the Application and Enrollment Certification for Individualized Tutorial Assistance. The student must complete the form with their tutor and a certifying college official. The application can be submitted at the close of every month or quarter, but it must always be dated and signed after the last tutorial session has completed. When applying, service members should provide documented proof to college administrators that their requested tutorial need is required to correct an academic inadequacy. The class instructor or course professor should submit an official letter that explains how and why the student requires tutorial assistance. These letters will be stored in the service members VA benefits file. Bear in mind that the VA expects service members to use pre-approved tutors. Most colleges maintain lists qualified candidates that detail their credentials and hourly charges.

G.I. Bill Tips and Tactics

Service members should take advantage of all financial incentives for education programs. If you plan on attending an in-state school, the fees and tuition may be higher than the allowed maximum amounts. Due to the fact that the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill pays for only 36 months of education, be sure to select the right major when you begin school. If the benefits run out before graduation, the service member will be forced to pay out of pocket. Therefore, take as many classes as possible during the 36 months of benefits, such as summer classes because they are shorter and students earn identical credit amounts as regular classes. Service members with families should know that they only need to take one on-campus class in order to receive housing (BAH payments)

Related Resource: How Does Being Enrolled in Online Education Affect my GI Bill Monthly Living Stipend?

In closing, the VA work study program will help veterans supplement their salaries. In addition to GI Bill tutoring benefits, service members can still apply to federal financial aid programs, such as FAFSA.