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Veterans Services

Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33)

The New Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) is effective August 1, 2009 (Fall 2009 quarter)

Are you eligible?

  1. Do you have one the following:
    • 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001?
    • Discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days continuous active duty?
  2. Are you a spouse or a dependent of an Active Duty service member who:
    • Served 6 years and has reenlisted an additional 4 years, for a total of 10 years of service?
    • Is currently serving Active Duty or transferred Chapter 33 benefits BEFORE separation/retirement?
If you answered "yes", then you may be eligible for Chapter 33 benefits.

If you are eligible, how much will you receive?

The chart below is an indication only of the percentage you may be allowed. There are many variables in how applicable active duty time is calculated. Officially applying for this new bill is the only way to find out exactly what you will receive. VA must check with Department of Defense for full service information.

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch 33) Benefit Chart
Individuals serving an aggregate period of active duty after 9/10/01 of: Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable
Books at 100% = $1,000 maximum per year):
At least 36 months 100% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 30 continuous days and discharged due to service-connected disability 100% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 30 months...less than 36 months 90% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 24 months...less than 30 months 80% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 18 months...less than 24 months 70% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training
At least 12 months...less than 18 months 60% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training
At least 6 months...less than 12 months 50% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training
At least 90 days...less than 6 months 40% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training

REMEMBER: VA will pay tuition only for those classes that are required for graduation in your specific program of study.

If You Wish to Apply

Please do not be in a rush! There are many "ins" and "outs" to this new bill, and it may not be the best choice for you. Choosing Chapter 33 is an irrevocable decision. You may want to take the following steps:
  • Go to www.gibill.va.gov and educate yourself as much as possible.
  • Follow that up with a visit to www.military.com
  • If you have questions, please call the VA (1-888-442-4551) or email your questions by accessing VA's "questions and answers" at www.gibill.va.gov
If you decide to apply, you will complete an application on the VA website: http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp. Click on Start VONAPP

You will receive a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA. Bring a copy of the eligibility letter to the Veterans Coordinator on campus for further processing.

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