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Military Education Benefits Guide: POST 9/11 GI BILL®

POST 9/11 GI BILL® (Chapter 33)

If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, you were honorably discharged or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. (https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp)

The Post 9/11 GI Bill® has a few specific components that are not available in other GI Bill® programs:

  • Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Transfer of Entitlement Option
  • Monthly Housing Allowance stipend
  • Book Stipend
  • Title 38 US Code 3679

You can find more information about these programs on this page or by clicking on the link below:

TITLE 38 US CODE 3679

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Chapter 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31) benefits,while payment to the institution is pending from the VA:

p. 126, Payment of Tuition and Fees (7/17/19)

For any student using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Chapter 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31) benefits, Rasmussen College ensures that no penalty will be imposed, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, due to the delayed disbursement of a payment by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify, the student may be required to provide the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class, a written request to be certified, or additional information necessary for the proper certification by the College.(https://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/course-catalog/)

Available Benefits and How They are Paid

The Department of Veterans Affairs will determine your percentage of eligibility based on your months and days of service. Your tuition and Monthly Housing Allowance are paid at the percentage of eligibility you are awarded.

Length of Service

 

At least 36 months 100%
At least 30 days on Active Duty and discharged due to service related disability 100%
At least 30 months, but less than 36 months 90%
At least 24 months, but less than 30 months 80%
At least 18 months, but less than 24 months 70%
At least 12 months, but less than 18 months 60%
At least 6 months, but less than 12 months 50%
At least 90 days, but less than 6 months 40%

 

Other Factors to Consider:

  • Full tuition and fees are paid directly to the school
  • Tuition is capped at the national maximum rate.
  • Students entitled to 100% tuition and fees paid by the DVA qualify for Yellow Ribbon when the tuition cap is reached

POST 9/11 APPLICATION

Application Process and Documentation for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®:

  1. Apply for this benefit through the VETS.GOV.
  2. Once the Application is completed, keep your confirmation page for your records
  3. Once your benefits have been approved by the VA you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility Letter.  Please provide the school with a copy.  The timeframe for receiving this letter can take up to 10-12 weeks.  This will not delay certification of your benefits or your ability to start school. However, you will not receive your Military Housing Allowance and/or the school will not receive tuition payment until the application has been processed.

CHANGES TO PLACE/PROGRAM OF STUDY

CHANGE YOUR PLACE/PROGRAM OF STUDY

  1. Change your School and/or Program of Study at VETS.GOV
  2. Once the Application is completed, keep your confirmation page for your records
  3. Once your benefits have been approved and process by the VA you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility Letter.  Please provide a copy to the school.  The timeframe for receiving this letter can take up to 10-12 weeks.  This will not delay certification of your benefits or your ability to start school. However, you will not receive your Military Housing Allowance and/or the school will not receive tuition payment until the application has been processed.

Transfer of Entitlement Option

The transferability option under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® allows Service members to transfer all or some of their unused benefit to their spouse or dependent children. The Department of Defense (DoD) will approve or decline the request for transferring benefits.  Once the DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiary applies for the benefit at VETS.GOV. 

There are many factors to consider and eligibility requirements for Transfer of Entitlement.  Please visit the following website for more information about this option:

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If you chose to use the Transfer of Entitlement Option please follow the steps below:

1.  Request the transfer of benefits through the DoD at:

  1. Once the transfer has been approved the person receiving the transferred benefit will apply for the benefit at www.vets.gov/education/apply
  2. Once the Application is completed, keep your confirmation page for your records
  3. Once your benefits have been approved and processed by the VA you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility Letter.  Please provide a copy to the school.  The timeframe for receiving this letter can take up to 10-12 weeks.  This will not delay certification of your benefits or your ability to start school. However, you will not receive your Military Housing Allowance and/or the school will not receive tuition payment until the application has been processed.

Withdrawing From or Failing a Course

If you are considering or planning to withdraw from a course:

CONTACT A MILITARY SPECIALIST IMMEDIATELY at 1-866-245-9627

Withdrawing from the quarter or failing a course can result in an overpayment between the student and the VA. 

This overpayment will create a debt that can affect future payments from the VA.  

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program.

Rasmussen College has elected to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill® entitlement.

Rasmussen College agrees to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill® entitlement. Rasmussen College voluntarily entered into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA and choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA matches that amount and issues payments directly to the institution.

Only service members receiving Chapter 33 at 100% entitlement are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

For questions about the Yellow Ribbon Program please contact a Military Specialist.