The Post-9/11 GI Bill, Explained

Congress has bestowed education benefits on military veterans since the passage of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, the law better known as the GI Bill of Rights. The Post-9/11 GI Bill, which took effect in 2009, aims to give today's veterans the same kind of aid.

To date, more than 550,000 veterans of the post-9/11 era have received benefits under that program, using them at more than 6,500 public, private, and proprietary colleges across the country.