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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

Please be sure to use the GI Bill® Comparison Tool in order to calculate your benefits.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill® Benefits May Include

  • Tuition and Mandatory Fees
  • Book Allowance
  • Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA)

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 aggregate active duty service after September 10, 2001.

Service Requirements

% of Maximum Benefit Payable

At least 36 months


At least 30 continuous days on active duty (discharged due to a service-connected disability)


awarded a Purple Heart


At least 30 months, but less than 36 months


At least 24 months, but less than 30 months


At least 18 months, but less than 24 months


At least 12 months, but less than 18 months


At least 6 months, but less than 12 months


At least 90 days, but less than 6 months



Determine How Much VA Will Pay Towards Tuition & Mandatory Fees: In-state tuition and mandatory fee charges are paid directly to the school and prorated according to the student's eligibility percentage. 

  • Step 1: Determine In-State Tuition & Mandatory 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 mandatory fee charges because VA will not cover these charges: Courses that are not required for the completion of the degree program, late fees, housing, meal plans and such like.
  • Step 2: Determine Your Eligibility Percentage: Refer to the chart above
  • Step 3: Calculate the Amount VA should pay towards Tuition & Mandatory Fees:
    • (Answer in Step 1)*(Answer in Step 2)=Amount VA should pay towards tuition and mandatory fees
    • Please be mindful that if benefits are exhausted during the term, the amount VA pays may be affected. 

In compliance with The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, Clayton State University does not impose penalty to Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill® recipients nor Chapter 31: Veterans Readiness & Employment (VR&E) 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 Chapter 33 (Certificate of Eligibility/Statement of Benefits) and/or the VR&E Counselor has provided an approval for Chapter 31 recipients (to include the current term).  The approvals should be submitted to Clayton State University's Office of Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs. 

Determine How Much Book Allowance VA Will Pay: Lump sum payment each term paid directly to the student

  • Step 1: Determine the Number of Credit Hours Certified
  • Step 2: Determine Your Eligibility Percentage: Refer to the chart above
  • Step 3: Calculate: ($41.67)*(Answer in Step 1)*(Answer in Step 2)
  • Book Allowance=($41.67)*(Eligibility %)*(# of Credit hours)
    • This amount cannot exceed ($1000)*(Eligibility %) per year. 

Determine How Much Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) VA Will Pay: The MHA is paid directly to the student at the beginning of the month, for previous month.  MHA can only be paid while the student/spouse is not on active duty. 

  • Step 1: Determine Eligibility Percentage: Refer to the chart above
  • Step 2: Determine E-5 with Dependents for the campus that you are currently taking majority classes during the term
    • Students that began using their benefits on or after January 1, 2018 that are taking at least one on-campus course
      • CY20 are as follows: 30260 (Morrow)=$2262; 30269 (Fayette)=$2262; 30253 (Henry)=$2262
    • Students that began using their benefits before January 1, 2018 continuously that are taking at least one on-campus course:
      • CY20: $2354
    • Students that are not taking at least one on-campus course: National BAH Average/2 (CY 2020: $916.50)
  • Step 3: Calculate: (Answer in Step 1)*(Answer in Step 2)
  • Step 4: Calculate the Rate of Pursuit: (# of credit hours certified)/(Full time credit hours)
    • Students that do not have a Rate of Pursuit greater than 50% do not receive MHA
  • Step 5: Calculate the amount of MHA expected: (Answer in Step 3)*(Answer in Step 4)

Please be mindful of the following:

  • Monthly Housing Allowances are based on the previous month's enrollment.  Since the Department of Veterans Affairs no longer pays for break, then the benefits for the course(s) only applies when the course(s) are in session.  Consider this when taking courses with different beginning and ending dates. 
  • In order to get the full Monthly Housing Allowance, up to your eligibility, student must be full time and have at least one on-campus course. 
  • If student is not full time, but more than half time, then the Monthly Housing Allowance can be prorated accordingly. 
  • Student does not receive a Monthly Housing Allowance if the Rate of Pursuit is not more than 50%. 
  • Changes to enrollment, schedule, attendance, charges, scholarships, waivers, program of study and such like can affect your VA Educational Benefits.
  • In the event that VA does not pay benefits or the expected amount, it is the student's responsibility to pay any outstanding balances.  Prior to registration, negative balances for previous terms should be paid in full. 
  • New Process Effective January 5, 2021: In adherence to Section 1019 of regulation changes, If you have a change, which resulted in an overpayment for tuition and fees, then VA will collect the debt from the school.  Please understand that the school will require that you pay any outstanding balances.  VA will copy you onto the correspondence that is sent to the school (via mail).  
    • Please understand that sometimes these notices of overpayments may not be sent until a substantial amount of time later.  It is the student’s responsibility to pay all outstanding balances.  Unfortunately, payment arrangements for previous tuition and fee debt may not be applicable.     
    • It is our standard procedure to protect Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients with a Certificate of Eligibility on file from being dropped through the fee payment deadline.  Please understand that students with negative balances from previous semesters risk being dropped from courses.    
  • New Process Beginning Fall 2021: For the Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, enrollment certifications will be submitted after the no show deadline (no early enrollment certifications); Each month thereafter, the student would be required to electronically verify with VA their continued enrollment in the school.  If a student fails to certify for two consecutive months, VA will withhold the monthly housing allowance payments until the student certifies.  Please be prepared to use other sources to initially cover the expenses of your books until VA reimburses you up to your eligibility.  Please understand how this change may affect you:   
    • With this change, the book allowance may be sent later than it usually is.  Please be prepared to use other sources to initially cover the expenses of your books/supplies until VA reimburses you up to your eligibility.  
    • With this change, Tuition and Fees are sent to the school later; therefore, the outstanding balance may be on your account longer.  Please understand that this may delay when you receive your financial aid refund, if applicable. 
    • With this change, the approval process for VA Work-Study may be delayed. 
    • With this change, Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients’ monthly housing allowance may be delayed because the enrollment certifications are submitted later. 

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