Thinking about Switching to the Post 9/11 GI Bill?
Read this quick guide before making a final decision.
Post 9/11 GI Bill Basics:
The Post 9/11 GI Bill went into effect August 1, 2009. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits.
The program benefits may include:
- Tuition and fees paid directly to the school, not to exceed an established cap per year.
- A program exists which may help to reimburse amounts above the cap. This program is called the "Yellow Ribbon Program"
- A monthly housing allowance.
- An annual books and supplies stipend of $1,000, paid proportionately based on enrollment.
- Other benefits may apply such as college fund payments, a rural benefit payment, and/or a Yellow Ribbon benefit.
These benefits are based on the percentage of eligibility that the VA awarded for you. 100% rating means you are eligible for the full benefit, 50% means you are eligible for half the amount, etc. The housing allowance is also prorated to your rate of enrollment and if you are enrolled in exclusively online courses you will receive 50% of the housing allowance normally allotted.
This is the first chapter of the GI Bill to allow transfer of the benefits to a spouse and/or child. Click here for more information.
For an overview of the Post 9/11 GI Bill by the Department of Veterans Affairs, click here.
To compare other GI educational benefit programs with the Post 9/11 GI Bill, click here
- Once you switch to this benefit, it is an irrevocable change.
- If you applied for this chapter prior to 2011, you may be eligble for an exception to this policy.
- If you are using another benefit and plan to change to this chapter, please research it carefully.
- The effective date on your application really matters.
- If you want to use another benefit first, input "the day after my current benefits exhaust" for the date.
- You may gain more benefit time if you transfer to this chapter after your other benefit expires.
Please contact a member of the Veteran Services team at 248.823.1660 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Walsh is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. YR is a benefit available to Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients with 100% eligibility. This additional funding is accessible as long as your tuition and fee expenses exceed the state cap established by the VA.
Click here for Yellow Ribbon FAQ's.
For more details about the Yellow Ribbon program, click here.
To use this benefit at Walsh, contact a Walsh School Certifying Official.
Housing Information (BAH/MHA):
Housing benefits are paid in monthly installments. Normally, housing is paid at the beginning of the month for the prior month.
Master's Degree Students:
- Enroll in more than three (3) credit hours (normally two courses) in order to be considered more than half time.
- Online or independent study courses are considered distance learning.
- Web-assisted or blended courses are not considered distance learning.
Bachelor's Degree Students:
- Enroll in more than six (6) credit hours (normally three courses) in order to be considered more than half time.
- Online, blended, or independent study courses are distance learning.
- Web-assisted courses are not distance learning.
Tuition and fees are paid directly to the College and are pro-rated by your percentage of eligibility. If you are 100% eligible for the Post 9/11 chapter of benefits, you will receive 100% tuition and fees. If you are 50% eligible, you will receive 50% of your benefits, etc.
Transfer of Benefits (TEB):
The Post 9/11 GI Bill is the first benefit that allows veterans to transfer education benefits to their spouses and/or children. This must be initiated while the service members are still serving.
Licensing and Certification: Reimbursement for approved licensing and certification tests. VA will pay up to $2,000 for each test. You need to submit VA Form 22-0803 with proof of payment. The VA deducts one month of benefits per every $1,460 spent.
National Testing Programs: VA will reimburse you for the mandatory test fees. They will not pay for pre-tests or fees that are not required. To obtain reimbursement, use VA Form 22-0810.
Tutorial Assistance: There is a special allowance available for tutoring. You may receive a monthly payment of up to $100 until you reach a maximum contribution of $1,200. For more information, please refer to VA Form 22-1990T.
Debt and Overpayments:
VA requires schools to adjust your enrollment certification when you do any of the following:
- Drop Courses
- Withdraw from Courses
- Stop Attending Courses
- Fail a Course
- Repeat a Course
- Receive outside funding from sources other than Federal Title IV.
This could change the certification by forcing the VA to prorate or end the payments. If this happens, you may eventually be in debt with the VA. Please do not hesitate to contact a Walsh SCO with any questions related to enrollment changes.
Please contact Lauren or Kara with questions about debts and overpayments.