Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) FAQs

I would like to switch to the new GI Bill (Post 9/11 GI Bill).
In order to switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you have to apply for it. You can do so by going to the GI Bill website: http://www.gibill.va.gov/

You will want to consider the following before switching over:

  • How much entitlement you have left under the old GI Bill.
    • The VA does a 1 to 1 conversion meaning if you have 6 months of entitlement left under the old GI Bill, you will get 6 months under the Post 9/11.
    • If you exhaust all entitlement first under the old GI Bill, the VA will give you an additional 12 months under the Post 9/11 if you qualify.
  • It is best to contact the VA directly at: 1-888-442-4551 to determine which benefit is most beneficial for you and what you qualify for. Sometimes the Post 9/11 GI Bill isn’t always the best benefit.

Am I eligible for the new GI Bill, or I want to know which GI Bill I’m eligible for.
Our office cannot determine eligibility. You will need to contact the VA directly at: 1-888-442-4551 to find out which benefit you are eligible for.

When will I get paid?
It can take the VA 6-8 weeks from the time we submit enrollment certifications to process them and send out payments. You are also paid for the month prior. For example you would receive Octobers payment in November, etc. The book stipend is usually included in the first BAH payment.

I had benefits transferred to me; do I need to do anything else?
You will need to fill out a request for benefits form with our office.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?
The Yellow Ribbon Program is an agreement the U of U entered with the VA to help cover any unmet tuition and fee charges not covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The U of U pays 50% of any unmet charges and the VA matches and covers the other 50%. Students wishing to apply for this must be receiving the Post 9/11 GI Bill and must qualify for the 100% rate.

How much money does the GI Bill pay?
A list of payment rates for Chapters 30, 35, 1606 and 1607 are located here: http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.html

The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) pays for the following:

  • Tuition and Fees (depending on percentage rating)
  • Housing Allowance (BAH) – If student is above half time (6.5 credits) they will receive the full amount. It is based on an E-5 with dependents. They can view the housing allowance rates here: http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/perdiem/bah.html
  • Book stipend of up to $1000 per academic year

When will the VA pay my tuition (Chapter 33)?
It can take the VA 6-8 weeks to make any payments to the school. If the VA pays after the tuition deadline, you do not need to worry about being dropped from your classes or charged a late fee. Our office has arranged with the tuition office to put a hold on your account until the VA makes their payment so you don’t have to make any payments or worry about your account until the VA pays.

What if the VA pays my tuition late (Chapter 33)?
Because our office generally waits until the last day to add/drop to report tuition and fees, it is likely they will pay late. However, we send a list down to the tuition office of all the Chapter 33 students and they have agreed to put a hold on your account so your classes don’t get dropped and you do not receive a late fee. You’ll want to make sure you contact our office to insure you’re on the list. 

If I pay my tuition up front what happens with the tuition the VA is supposed to pay (Chapter 33)?
If you pay your tuition before the VA makes their payment, the VA payment will be refunded to you by the tuition office. However, you are not required to make any payments to your tuition until after the VA has made their payment.

When will I get my book money (Chapter 33) and how does that work?
The VA pays you book money based on the credit hours you are enrolled in. They have a per credit hour charge of approx. $42 so just multiply that by the number of credits you are enrolled in and that’s how much you can expect for a semester up to $1000 per academic year. This money is usually included in your first BAH housing payment.

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