Department of Veterans Affairs Posts Guidance on Post 9-11 GI Bill


On June 23, 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued this clarification memo on the Post-9/11 GI Bill to help veterans and campus administrators better understand how their benefits may be used for study abroad.

This guidance outlines a few of the different study abroad fee structures and clarifies what GI Bill benefits will cover. The VA will not cover airfare, amenities fees, or host school/study abroad-specific fees. The three important points the VA stresses are as follows:

  • Students must be enrolled in courses that will apply to their program.
  • The programs at the "host" school in the foreign country must be approved.
  • VA cannot pay any fees specific to studying abroad unless the student is required to study abroad as part of their program.

For more information, visit or call VA Benefits at 1.888.GI.BILL1 (442.4551).

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The Education Abroad Regulation Practice team is currently exploring the impact that these restrictions are having on campuses across the country and needs your input.

Please share with us any information about how this issue is affecting veterans on your campus via NAFSA's "Report an Issue" feature on IssueNet. This tool for sharing information can be accessed by any international education professional. The more anecdotes you share about how this issue impacts your students, the more effectively NAFSA can advocate on the issue.