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GI Bill Basic Training. What Every Financial Aid Professional Ought To Know . Introduction. Overview of the different GI Bill programs More in depth discussion of the Post 9/11 GI Bill – including changes made by the Post 9/11 GI Bill Improvement Act of 2010

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gi bill basic training

GI Bill Basic Training

What Every Financial Aid Professional Ought To Know

introduction
Introduction
  • Overview of the different GI Bill programs
  • More in depth discussion of the Post 9/11 GI Bill – including changes made by the Post 9/11 GI Bill Improvement Act of 2010
  • Discussion of possible institutional procedures
  • Questions
overview
Overview
  • Only Ch 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) and Ch. 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) pays directly to the school. All others pay a stipend directly to the student.
  • Can only use one benefit at a time.
  • Maximum of 48 months of benefits under all programs combined.
  • ONLY VA can make determination of benefit eligibility
ch 30 montgomery gi bill
Ch. 30 – Montgomery GI Bill

Entitlement

36 months

Delimiting Date

10 years from last date of discharge from Active Duty

  • Eligibility
    • Served at least 2 years on Active Duty
    • Paid $1,200 Contribution
    • Honorably Discharged
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Ch. 30 – Montgomery GI Bill
  • Payment Rates (effective 10/01/2011)
    • Less than 3 years of service:
      • Full Time - $1,196.00
      • ¾ Time - $897.00
      • ½ Time - $598.00
    • 3 years or more service:
      • Full Time - $1,473.00
      • ¾ Time - $1,104.75
      • ½ Time - $736.50
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Ch. 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve
  • Eligibility
    • Enlist in the Selected Reserve for at least 6 years.
    • Completed Initial Active Duty Training
    • Currently actively drilling with a Reserve Unit and in good standing.
  • Entitlement
    • 36 months
  • Delimiting Date
    • Only eligible while actively drilling.
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Ch. 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve
  • Payment Rates (Effective 10/01/2011)
    • Full Time - $345.00
    • ¾ Time - $258.00
    • ½ Time - $171.00
    • Less than ½ time - $86.25
ch 1607 reserve education assistance program reap
Ch. 1607 – Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Eligibility
    • Member of Reserves called to active duty after 09/11/2001 under Title 10 and served at least 90 consecutive days
    • Must return from active duty and complete their contract in the Selected Reserves
  • Entitlement
    • 36 months
  • Delimiting Date
    • Not fixed – must return to reserve component from which they were called to active duty
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Ch. 35 – Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • Eligibility
    • Parent or Spouse must have a permanent & total, service-connected disability, have died as the result of a service-connected disability, or died in the line of duty.
  • Entitlement
    • 45 Months
  • Delimiting Date
    • Children – generally 10 years from the effective date of rating or date of notification
    • Spouses – 20 years from effective date of rating.
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Ch. 35 – Dependents Education Assistance (DEA)
  • Payment Rates (Effective 10/01/2011)
    • Full Time - $936.00
    • ¾ Time - $702.00
    • ½ Time - $466.00
ch 31 vocational rehabilitation employment
Ch. 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
  • Eligibility
    • Must have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% which causes a demonstrable employment handicap
    • Must have approval of their Rehab Counselor to pursue study at an IHL
    • Any discharge other than Dishonorable
  • Entitlement
    • 48 months
  • Delimiting Date
    • Up to 12 years from last separation or date service connection of disability is determined.
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Ch. 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
  • School must receive notification of eligibility directly from the Voc. Rehab Counselor.
    • Indicates approved courses of study and effective dates.
  • VA Pays full tuition & fees directly to the school
  • VA pays for books & supplies required for training
  • Student also receives subsistence allowance while enrolled.
ch 33 post 9 11 gi bill
Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Some significant differences between Post 9/11 GI Bill and other GI Bill Programs
    • For the first time since the 1st GI Bill the VA pays tuition & fees directly to the schools
    • Allows for active duty members of the military to transfer their benefits to dependents
    • Payments to/for veterans vary depending on the location of the college they are attending
    • Allows for a tiered benefit based on length of service.
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Eligibility
    • Must have served at least cumulative 90 days of active duty after 09/10/2001; or
    • Must have served at least 30 consecutive days of active duty after 09/10/2001 and been discharged due to a service-connected disability
    • Must have been honorably discharged.
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Entitlement
    • 36 months
    • If veteran transfers from Ch. 30 they only have the number of months remaining for their Ch. 30 benefits.
  • Delimiting Date
    • 15 years from the dates of last discharge or release from active duty of at least 90 days.
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill

Tuition & Fees – Public Schools

Tuition & Fees – Private/Foreign Schools

Individuals are eligible for the applicable percentage of the lesser of:

Net tuition & fees charged

Must subtract all tuition-restricted, non-Title IV assistance

$17,500.00

  • Individuals are eligible for the applicable percentage of:
    • Net in-state tuition & fees charge
      • Must subtract all tuition-restricted, non-Title IV assistance
      • Out-of-state tuition NOT payable
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Fees are defined as mandatory charges (other than tuition, room & board) that are applied by the institution for pursuit of an approved degree program.
  • Application Fee is NOT covered by the VA
  • Special Study Abroad fees can only be paid if the study abroad experience is required for their degree program.
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Monthly Housing Stipend
    • Equal to the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents for the zip code of the school.
    • Cannot be active duty or enrolled half-time or less.
    • If a student is enrolled in all on-line courses they are eligible for ½ of the national average amount.
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Monthly Housing Stipend (Cont’d)
    • Effective 08/01/2011 housing stipend is pro-rated based on enrollment level.
    • Rate determined by rate of pursuit rounded to nears multiple of 10.
  • Books & Supplies Stipend
    • Students can receive up to $1,000 per year.
    • $41.67 per credit hour for up to 24 credit hours.
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
    • School may contract with the VA to pay all or part of unmet charges (above $17,500 for private schools, out-of-state charges for public schools.)
    • VA will match school’s contributions toward the unmet charges up to 50%
    • Issued on a first-come, first-served basis to those eligible.
    • Schools determine the number of slots available and may limit contribution amounts by education level.
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Yellow Ribbon Program Eligibility
    • Must be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at the 100% benefit level
    • Must have unmet charges
    • Must maintain satisfactory progress
    • Sgt. Fry Scholarship Recipients are not eligible
    • Cannot be active duty or the spouse of active duty member
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • The Yellow Ribbon Program is always tied to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. After a student is no longer eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, they are no longer eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Transfer of Entitlement
    • Ch. 33 allows active members of the armed forces to transfer benefits to a spouse or child.
      • Spouses may use the benefits after member has served 6 years and receive the benefits according to the status of the service member
      • Children may use the benefits after member has served 10 years and receive the benefits at the veteran rate.
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Transfer of Entitlement
    • Service Member must apply to their branch of service to transfer benefits to dependents.
    • After transfer is approved, the dependent then must apply for benefits through the VA.
    • Dependents receive the benefit at the same benefit tier the service member would receive.
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Gunnery Sargeant John David Fry Scholarship
    • For children of active duty member of the Armed Forces who has died in the line of duty on or after 09/11/2001.
    • Entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level.
    • Have 15 years from their 18th birthday to use the benefit.
    • Cannot use benefits before their 18th birthday or until they have completed high school.
    • Are NOT eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Other changes from PL 111-377, the Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2011
    • Break Pay is no longer payable under any GI Bill
    • Allows those eligible for Ch. 33, but using VR&E to choose the Post 9/11 GI Bill monthly housing allowance instead of the Ch. 31 subsistence allowance.
    • Allows student on active duty (or their spouses) to receive a books & supplies stipend.
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Other Changes from PL 111-377, the Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvement Act of 2010
    • Active Duty & their spouses now subject to the applicable caps prorated by their benefit tier.
    • Expands eligibility to include “Active Service performed by National Guard members under title 32 U.S.C. for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training…”
      • This provision not payable till 10/01/2011, but retroactive to 08/01/2009.
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Ch. 33 – Post 9/11 GI B
  • Other Changes from PL 111-377, the Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvement Act of 2010
    • Effective 10/01/2011, expands benefits to cover Non-College degree programs, OJT/Apprenticeship, Flight Programs and Correspondence training.
    • Effective 10/02/2011, Monthly Housing Stipend now payable to those enrolled solely in distance learning.
      • The full-time rate for an individual eligible at 100% is $673.50 for 2011-12 school year. (One-half national average BAH.)
institutional procedures
Institutional Procedures
  • STUDENT MUST INFORM US THAT THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR GI BILL BENEFITS – The VA does not inform us of those who have applied for benefits.
  • Requirements are more strictly enforced for Post 9/11 GI Bill than for other Chapters.
  • Highly recommend SCO sets up online VA – “Right Now Web” account.
slu procedures general
SLU Procedures - General
  • Student must provide documentation of GI Bill Eligibility
    • DD-214 / NOBE
    • Application for Benefits
    • Certificate of Prior Eligibility or prior Award Letter
  • Students cannot be certified until they have actually registered for classes (VA does allow certifying for entire year)
slu procedure general
SLU Procedure - General
  • School Certifying Official (SCO) Verifies Student’s Enrollment
  • SCO Runs Degree Audit to verify all courses apply to degree program
  • SCO Certifies Enrollment to the VA
  • SCO must notify VA of any changes in enrollment within 30 days of the change.
slu procedures voc rehab
SLU Procedures – Voc. Rehab.
  • After SCO certifies enrollment to the VA, Student Accounts & the bookstore are notified of student’s eligibility for Voc. Rehab.
  • Student Accounts invoices the VA for the tuition & fees charged and applies Third Party Payment to the student’s account.
  • No Refunds are issued until payment is received from the VA.
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SLU Procedures – Post 9/11
  • Enrollment is submitted to VA initially with $0 Tuition & Fees reported.
  • SCO must verify net tuition & fees charged and after add/drop period reports these to the VA.
  • SCO calculates the payments expected from the VA and, if necessary, the Yellow Ribbon Program amount
  • SCO sends notification to Student Accounts of expected VA payments.
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SLU Procedures – Post 9/11
  • Student Accounts applies amounts as Third Party Payments to the student’s account.
  • Refunds are not made to the student until the VA pays the funds – This may result in apparent balance on the student’s account.
  • Only tuition & fees are paid to the school. The monthly housing stipend and the books & supplies stipend are issued directly to the student.
slu procedures yellow ribbon
SLU Procedures – Yellow Ribbon
  • Yellow Ribbon is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Those eligible are required to complete an online application that is available for a set period of time before each semester begins.
    • Student must be accepted before they will be considered
    • Student must show proof of eligibility before Yellow Ribbon will be awarded.
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SLU Procedures – Yellow Ribbon
  • SLU has contracted to fund a maximum of 50 students during any given year.
  • Currently this total number is available to any student, at any level, from any school except the Medical School
  • SLU Currently pays 50% of remaining charges up to a maximum of $10,000.
  • Contract is renewed each year so this could change in the future.
wrap up
Wrap - Up
  • Remember payments made to students are paid in arrears (with the exception of the Books & Supplies Stipend.)
  • Tuition Assistance & GI Bill are two very different things and are administered very differently.
  • Only the VA can tell a student if they are eligible for the GI Bill.
  • GI Bill Website: www.gibill.va.gov
questions
Questions?

Jennifer Matteson

Saint Louis University

(314) 977-2259

jmattes2@slu.edu