Frequently Asked Questions about the Post-9/11 GI Bill Tuition Benefit

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding who is eligible and what is covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit.

What benefits are we approved for?

We are approved for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), Vocational Rehab and Employment (Chapter 31, VR&E), and Yellow Ribbon.

I am eligible for GI benefits. How do I get funded?

You’ll get a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), or award letter, in the mail after the VA has approved your application. Bring this to the VA certifying official at your school. This process may take up to 30 days.

What documentation is needed to certify my enrollment with the VA?

You will be asked to provide your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) dated within the last 12 months. For non-active duty members, you will also be required to provide your DD214.

Can I provide my Statement of Benefits?

Yes; however, your enrollment cannot be certified until your COE has been provided, which may delay your start into a program.

How much funding can a veteran receive?

The national maximum is $25,162.14 per academic year (August 1 – July 30); however, it will depend on your years of service. Your amount of funding is determined by the VA.

What’s covered under my VA benefit?

The VA will pay a percentage of your instruction only. This percentage is based on your eligibility.

Will I have any out-of-pocket expenses?

Yes, all applicants are responsible for costs not related to tuition and fees, and any costs not covered under your benefit.

How can I determine my eligibility and find more information on VA Benefits?

Visit the VA’s website to learn more and to find more information about funding your education.