Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 (Chapter 33)
The Post 9/11 GI Bill is a benefit that provides educational assistance to individuals who served on active duty beginning September 11, 2001. Chapter 33 pays from 40 to 100% of a student’s allowable tuition and fees. Payment of tuition & fees is made by the VA directly to the college or university where the student is enrolled. As a matter of policy, Chemeketa Veterans' Services reports your credits to VA when you submit your benefit request each term. Tuition and fee costs are reported to the VA beginning the 3rd week of each term.
Additionally, you receive a monthly living stipend of up to $1,059.00 per month and an annual allowance of up to $1,000 to help offset the cost of textbooks and school supplies.
To be eligible for full benefits under Chapter 33, you must have served at least 30 days of continuous active duty service after September 10, 2001 and been discharged due to a service-connected disability OR have served a total of 36 months of active duty service since September 11, 2001.
If you have served an aggregate of 90 days of active duty after September 10, 2001 and continue to be on active duty OR were –
- Honorably discharged from the Armed Forces or released from the Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable and placed on the retired list, transferred to the Fleet Reserve or the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve
- Released from the Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable for further service in a reserve component
- Discharged or released from the Armed Forces for Existed Prior to Service (EPTS), hardship or Condition Interfered with Duty (CIWD)
You will be eligible for Chapter 33 benefits based on the number of months of service you complete as determined by the VA. If you served:
- at least 90 days, but less that 6 months service you will receive 40%
- 6 months but less than a year you will receive 50&
- 12 months but less than 18 months you will receive 60%
- At least 18 months but less than 2 years you will receive 70%
- At least 2 years but less than 30 months you will receive 80%
- At least 30 months, but less than 3 years you will receive 90% of the benefit
Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) Restrictions
- The MHA is NOT payable to individuals on active duty.
- It is only payable to students whose rate of pursuit is 51 percent or greater
- Full-time students enrolled only in on-line courses will receive one-half the national average of the Chapter 33 living stipend (currently $754.50 if the student is 100% eligible).
- Individuals who paid into a $600 buy-up plan under another chapter cannot transfer it to their chapter 33 settlement
- The housing allowance is paid based on the zip code of the Salem campus, regardless of what Chemeketa campus the student attends
- Spouses receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits under a transfer of entitlement (TOE) from their spouse, will not receive the MHA if their spouse is receiving a housing allowance as part of their military pay
- The amount of the monthly housing stipend is tied to the student's rate of pursuit, rounded to the nearest multiple of 10. Rate of pursuit is determined by dividing the number of credits the student is taking by the number of credits it takes to be a full time student.
- As an example, if you are taking 8 credits and 12 credits is full time, your rate of pursuit is 66.6% and you would receive 70% of the housing stipend. If you are taking 10 credits, your rate of pursuit is 83.3% and you will receive 80% of the housing stipend.
Book & Supply Stipend
- The book and supply stipend is paid based on your percentage of eligibility as determined by the VA. Students who are 100% eligible receive $1000.00 per year, while a student who is 90% eligible receives $900.00 per year and so on.
- A student who is 100% eligible is paid at the rate of $41.67 per credit hour for the first 24 credits the student registers for each year. The per credit amount is reduced by the student's percentage of eligibility. That year begins August 1st and ends the following July 31st.
- As an example, a student who is 100% eligible and registers for 12 credits for the fall term will receive a book and supply payment for $500.00 (12 x $41.67=$500.04). If the student registers for 12 credits for the winter term, they will receive a second $500.00 payment and the will have exhausted their book and supply fund for that year. It will reset the following August 1st.
- Effective October 1, 2011, students on active duty receive the book and supply stipend but remain ineligible for the housing stipend.
Individuals making an initial application for the Post 9/11 GI Bill may complete an on-line application using the VA's Veteran's On-Line Application System (VONAPP) or by completing and submitting an Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services. Students who have used the Post 9/11 GI Bill at another school or have not used their benefits in more than one year should complete and submit a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services.
Individuals who are applying for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits that were transferred to them by a family member (Spouse, Mother, Father) should complete and submit VA Form 22-1990e once the U.S. Department of Defense has approved the benefit transfer.
If you would like additional information, please contact us at 503.399.5004 or via e-mail. You may also fax us at 503.399.3908