Veterans Educational Benefit Programs

Chapter 33: Post- 9/11 G.I. Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Under this Chapter, effective August 1, 2009, eligible participants (veterans, service members and dependents) pursuing a VA approved training program may receive the following benefits at a percentage based on the length of active duty service:

  • For those attending a private school, maximum payment toward tuition & fees is:  $21,084.89 for the 2015-2016 academic year (8/1/15-7/31/2016); $21,970 for the 2016-2017 academic year (8/1/2016-7/31/2017) and $22,805.34 for the 2017-2018 academic year (8/1/17-7/31/2016). If an individual's NET tuition and fees (net tuition and fees=tuition and fees due after institutional aid has been deducted) exceed this maximum amount, additional funding may be available for eligible students through a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill called the Yellow Ribbon Program. (see below)
  • For those attending classes at the greater than ½ time rate (6 or more credits/semester at Arcadia University), a monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. For those enrolled solely in distance learning the housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents. The academic year begins on August 1. (Active duty students and their spouses cannot receive the MHA.) 
  • An annual books and supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
  • A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals.

This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. 

Transfer of Benefits to Dependents

If you are a member of the Armed Forces on August 1, 2009 and are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Department of Defense (DoD) may offer you the opportunity to transfer benefits to your spouse or dependent children. Commissioned officers of the Public Health Service (PHS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are eligible for the transferability option effective August 1, 2011.   

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Post- 9/11 GI Bill pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. To assist students whose tuition and fees exceed that amount because they are enrolled as non-residents and/or in graduate programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill has an additional provision called the Yellow Ribbon Program. Under this voluntary program, institutions can enter into an agreement with the VA to help fund the additional expenses for eligible students. For a student at full (100%) Yellow Ribbon benefit level, the VA will pay up to $20,235.02 for the 2014-15 academic year (8/1/14-7/31/15) toward net tuition and fees (net tuition and fees=tuition and fees minus institutional aid already awarded); $21,084.89 for the 2015-2016 academic year (8/1/15-7/31/2016). Any remaining amount will be split, 50/50, between ArcadiaUniversity and the VA. 


If tuition and fees for the year = $38,160 and the student received a $5,000 Arcadia merit scholarship, $38,160–$5,000 merit scholarship = $33,160 net tuition and fees–$20,235.02 = $12,924.98. This amount will be split between Arcadia University and the VA, so the VA will cover $6,462.49 and Arcadia will cover $6,462.49. The combined amounts may not exceed the full cost of the institution's charged tuition and fees for the VA approved programs. 

Arcadia University is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Arcadia University grants and/or merit scholarships do count toward the institution's match. Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible (child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100% rate).  Individuals may be eligible if:  they served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months; or they were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and they served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001; or they are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above. More Information.

Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill-Active Duty

The G.I. Bill may be the most common VA education program. There are four eligibility categories, with the most common being those individuals who 1) entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985 and 2) contributed $100.00 a month for 12 months and have an honorable discharge. More Information.

Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program

The program is for: 1) Dependents or spouses of veterans who have died or are totally and permanently disabled as the result of a service connected disability or died while evaluated as having a total and permanent disability, or 2) Dependents or spouse of a person who is listed as a POW or MIA. 

Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill Selected Reserve

This program is for active members of components of the Selected Reserve and National Guard. Eligible participants require: 1) Enlistment or reenlistment in the selected reserve with an obligation to serve for a period of not less than 6 years following enlistment on or after July 1, 1985, 2) Completion of secondary school diploma requirements, or 3) Completion of IDAT (initial date active training). More Information.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

To qualify for this benefit the service member must have a service-connected disability. For more information regarding this benefit and the application process, contact the Department of Veteran Affairs at 1-800-827-1000 or visit

Additional Contributions and Kickers

A kicker is part of an enlistment contract, often referred to as the Army College Fund. The kicker is a fixed dollar amount that will be disbursed in even installments over the course of the entitlement period for Chapter 30 and 1606 recipients. Service members also have the opportunity to pay additional contribution amounts that are generally matched 9 to 1 and added to the monthly benefit in even disbursements. The VA should automatically pay the higher benefit rate as an addition to the normal entitlement amount paid each month to the veteran. If not, the veteran should contact the VA Regional Office processing their claim.

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance is a Department of Defense program. The program is not administered or monitored by the VA. Tuition Assistance rules vary by branch of service and even vary between different units within the same branch of service depending on whether the unit is active, reserve or National Guard. Questions regarding Tuition Assistance, as well as the obtaining of application forms, should be directed to the veteran student's unit Education Service Officer.  Additional information on GoArmyed, which Arcadia participates in.

The Montgomery GI Bill cannot be used in conjunction with Tuition Assistance. This rule applies to all active duty members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guards.