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CHAPTER 33: POST 9/11 GI BILL

Brief Description

  • Served on active duty on or after 9/11/2001 and
  • Served a minimum of 90 aggregate days or served at least 30 continuous days on active duty with a service-connected disability discharge or a qualifying member from the reserve component called to active duty, or qualifying spouse/guardian transferred benefits to student
  • Benefits cannot be used after 15 years from the date of the last discharge
  • Entitlement is generally 36 months; however, individuals are limited to a maximum of 48 months under 2 or more programs
  • Students eligible for Chapter 30, 1606, or 1607 must relinquish to receive Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits; however, please be mindful that Chapter 33 elections are irrevocable

    Benefits are based on:

  • Eligibility percentage
  • Rate of Pursuit
  • Exclusive Distance vs. At least one on-campus course

    Determine Your Eligibility Percentage

    Eligibility percentage is based on length of service. The length of service is as follows:

Service Requirements (Aggregate Active Duty after 9/10/2001) % of Maximum Benefit Payable Service Requirements (Aggregate Active Duty after 9/10/2001) % of Maximum Benefit Payable
At least 36 months 100 At least 18 months, but less than 24 months 70
At least 30 continuous days on active duty discharged with a service-connected disability 100 At least 12 months, but less than 18 months 60
At least 30 months, but less than 36 months 90 At least 6 months, but less than 12 months 50
At least 24 months, but less than 30 months 80 At least 90 days, but less than 6 months 40

Benefits Include

Tuition and Fee Charges, Book Allowance, and Monthly Housing Allowance

  • In-State Tuition and Fee Charges
    • In-State Tuition and Fee charges are paid up to eligibility
    • VA pays the school directly for tuition and fees
    • Sometimes overpayments may result in the student owing either VA or the University additional funds. Please be mindful of the final charges and the amounts paid on your behalf to determine if overpayments will exist.
    • Determine How Much VA will Pay Towards Tuition and Fees
      • Step 1: Determine In-State Tuition and Fee Charges
        • Deduct the amount of any tuition and fee waiver, scholarship, aid or assistance provided specifically for defraying tuition and mandatory fees (this includes HOPE scholarship)
        • The following are not calculated in the tuition and fee charges because VA will not cover these charges: Late fees, housing, meal plans, parking fees, and such like.
      • Step 2: Determine your Eligibility Percentage (Described Above)
      • Step 3: (Answer in Step 1)*(Answer in Step 2)=Amount VA should pay towards tuition and fee charges In compliance with The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, Clayton State University does not impose a penalty to Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients nor Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation recipients due to the delayed disbursement of funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).  Clayton State University allows eligible students to attend scheduled courses and receive on-campus services, provided that the student has submitted a copy of the approval for entitlement to education assistance under Chapters 33 (Certificate of Eligibility/Statement of Benefits) and/or Chapters 31 (VA Form 22-1905 to include current term).  The approvals should be submitted to Clayton State University's Office of Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs.
  • Book Stipend
    • Book Stipends are sent directly to the student in a lump sum per semester. In some cases, students do not receive their book stipend prior to the time books are needed. It is best to have an alternate method of payment for books until VA sends you the funds.
    • VA Book Stipend does not exceed $1000/year
    • Determine Your Book Stipend
      • Step 1: Determine your Eligibility Percentage (Described Above)
      • Step 2: Determine the Number of Credit Hours Certified
      • Step 3: ($41.67)*(Answer in Step 1)*(Answer in Step 2)
  • Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA)
    • Students that are currently ACTIVE DUTY and spouses of currently ACTIVE DUTY members does not receive MHA
    • Students that does not have a Rate of Pursuit greater than 50% does not receive MHA
    • MHA is paid directly to the student
    • Determine your Housing Allowance
      • Step 1: Determine Eligibility Percentage
      • Step 2: Determine BAH for E-5 with Dependents for the following area codes: 30260 (Morrow); 30269 (Fayette); 30253 (Henry) **Rates can be found at:  https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm
        • Current Rates for the CY 18: $1716/month for full time students, with courses required for the completion of the degree program
        • Current Rates for the CY 19: $1953/month for full time students, with courses required for the completion of the degree program

        If you do not have at least one on-campus course then Step 2 is based on ½ the National BAH Average 

        • August 1, 2018-July 31, 2019: $825/month for full time students, with courses required for the completion of the degree program
        • For terms beginning prior to August 15, 2019, Hybrid and online courses are considered distance courses according to VA regulations
        • For terms beginning after August 15, 2019, Hybrid courses are considered on-campus; online courses are still considered distance
      • Step 3: Calculate (Answer in Step 1)*(Answer in Step 2)
      • Step 4: Calculate the Rate of Pursuit
        • Rate of Pursuit = (# of credit hours certified)/(Full time credit hours)
      • Step 5: Calculate the Amount of Housing Allowance
        • (Answer in Step 3)*(Answer in Step 4)=The amount of Housing Allowance you should receive
    • Please be mindful that in order to get the full Monthly Housing Allowance up to your eligibility, you must be full time and have at least one on-campus course.   o    If student is not full time, but more than half time, then the Monthly Housing Allowance can be prorated accordingly.   o    Student does not receive a housing allowance if his/her rate of pursuit is not more than 50% (more than half time).
    • Please be mindful that Housing Allowances are based on the previous month’s enrollment. Since the Department of Veterans Affairs no longer pays for break pay, if the course does not begin on the first day of the month, the VA will prorate your stipend accordingly. The same is true if the course does not end on the last day of the month.

If you have any further questions or concerns about eligibility or payments, please feel free to contact the Veterans Affairs Processing Center at 1-888-442-4551

View instructions on How to Receive VA Education Benefits at Clayton State University