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

Are you eligible?

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?

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 9/10/01 of:
Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable Books at 100% = $1000 maximum per year
At least 36 months 100% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 30 continuous days and discharge due to 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, excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training 70% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 12 months...less than 18 months, excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training 60% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 6 months...less than 12 months, excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training 50% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 90 days...less than 6 months, excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training 40% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 12 months...less than 18 months, excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training 60% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
Remember: VA will pay tuition only for those classes that are required for graduation in you 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:

  1. Go to www.gibill.va.gov and educate yourself as much as possible.
  2. Follow that up with a visit to www.military.com
  3. 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: www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp

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