The bill also created the Yellow Ribbon Program, which helps fund higher education for qualifying service members at out-of-state institutions, private schools, foreign schools and graduate schools by covering fees and tuition that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t pay for.
The Post-9/11 Bill had a deadline built into it: Veterans had 15 years to either use their benefits or transfer them to their dependents. In 2017, that timeline was eliminated as part of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, or the Forever GI Bill.
Each bill offered or offers qualified service members and veterans a path forward to higher education. And that can be life changing for some. As Eric Ryan, senior director of military operations at University of Phoenix, notes: “Education can be the difference-maker for a veteran looking to transition into a meaningful and rewarding career after service. I personally feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to use my GI Bill benefits to earn a bachelor’s degree after completing my military service. It was instrumental in achieving the success that I have found in my career.”