Post 9/11 GI Bill®

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® could provide the financial support to help you reach your dreams. If you served after 9/10/2001 (at least 90 days) and have an honorable discharge, were discharged for a service connected disability (at least 30 days service) or are still active duty - the Post-9/11 GI Bill® can help get you there. Benefits can be used towards any qualifying farrier program or equestrian program at Meredith Manor.

Benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill®

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® program is comprised of multiple payments. All payments and maximum amounts are applicable to individuals eligible for the full benefit (100% eligibility tier). The payment and maximum amounts will be prorated based on your eligibility percentage if you are not eligible for the full benefit.

Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® you may receive:

  1. Up to 100% paid tuition and fees. The maximum tuition benefit you’re eligible to receive depends on your aggregate period of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001. Depending on your length of service, you could have anywhere from 40% to 100% of your tuition and fees (not to exceed $23,671.94 per academic year) covered by the government.
  2. A monthly housing stipend. If applicable, the monthly housing allowance you’re eligible to receive is equal to the military housing benefit rates of an E-5 with dependents. The housing allowance is based on the location of the school and will be sent directly to you. Online stipend is half of the national average.
  3. A yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000. The maximum stipend you’re eligible to receive for your books and supplies is $1,000 a year. The stipend will be paid proportionally for every quarter, semester or term that you’re in school.
  4. A one time $500 rural benefit. A one time payment of $500 may be payable to certain individuals relocating from highly rural areas if they reside in a county with 6 persons or less per square mile and either: physically relocate at least 500 miles to attend an educational institution or travel by air to physically attend an educational institution if no other land-based transportation exists.

You may also qualify to transfer benefits to your spouse or dependents. Details at

For more inforation about applying your VA Benefits towards our farrier programs or equestrian programs, contact:

Janie Crothers
Financial Aid Officer
Phone: 304.679.5267

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

The progress we have seen in Erin's riding and other horse skills has been tremendous. She came to Meredith Manor without a significant amount of riding experience. Today she is a proficient rider, and the confidence she has developed in the care and training of horses is very satisfying for both of us.
Parents of Erin McElmury: 1996 Riding Master Graduate