By Alex Horton

There are many important changes to the revamped Post-9/11 GI Bill that are ready to become law next week. Many changes relate to the pursuit of non-degree training, which will help Veterans who don’t necessarily want to use their benefits at a traditional school. There’s also a new housing allowance for exclusively online students.

Courtesy of VA’s GI Bill page, here are the changes for October 1:

Non-college degree (NCD) programs: Non-college degree (NCD) programs offered at non-degree granting schools. Pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees or $17,500, whichever is less. Also pays up to $83 per month for books and supplies

On-the-job and apprenticeship training: Pays a monthly benefit amount prorated based on time in program and up to $83 per month for books and supplies

Flight programs: Per academic year, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school or $10,000, whichever is less

Correspondence training: Per academic year, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school or $8,500, whichever is less

Housing allowance for distance learning: Payable to students (other than those on active duty) enrolled solely in distance learning. The housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents. The full-time rate for an individual eligible at the 100% eligibility tier would be $673.50 for 2011

Active duty stipend: Students on active duty will now receive a books and supplies stipend

For continuous updates, news and announcements on education benefits, subscribe to the GI Bill Facebook page and bookmark the GI Bill homepage. The Facebook page is an easy way to get your GI Bill questions answered (in addition to the frequently asked questions page), and 1-888-GIBILL-1 can answer questions on specific cases.