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    Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

    Administered by the Federal Government, Office of Veterans Affairs

    What is it?
    The new Post 9/11 Montgomery GI Bill is an education program that provides up to 36 months of educational benefits to an eligible student, and up to 48 for qualifying students who can combine 2 or more VA programs. It expires after 15 years or after the 36/48 months is used up, whichever comes first. It is also a program that can be passed on to eligible dependents (see VA website for details).
    It directly pays the school tuition and fees up to the predetermined percentage of eligibility established by the VA.
    It can also pay the veteran a book stipend based on the predetermined percentage of eligibility established by the VA and based on the number of credit hours the student is enrolled.
    It can also pay the veteran a basic housing allowance based on a predetermined rate established by the VA, if the student is enrolled in 7 credit hours or more. Current rates can be viewed on the VA website or by using the online benefits calculator.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    To qualify a student must have:
    An Honorable Discharge and have served at least 90 aggregate days active duty after September 10, 2001.
    Been honorably discharged for a service-connected disability while serving 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.

    To apply:
    Complete the online application which you may access at the VA website noted below.

    Also required:
    You will need to supply the Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs office at Triton College with a copy of your DD214 Member 4.
    Complete the Military Benefits Data Form and return it to the Financial Aid office.
    You are also granted credit through this specialized General Petition for two courses, HTH 104 and PED 100, for completing Basic Training.

    Now what?
    Please let the Financial Aid Office know you have applied for this benefit program. We will place your tuition on a protective hold while you are awaiting your letter of eligibility.

    Once you receive your letter of eligibility, please bring in a copy, as well as, a copy of your current schedule, your DD214, responsibility form, and specialized general petition. You may also be asked to fill out one last form in our office declaring your degree for our records.

    When your status as a student in good standing* has been confirmed, we will apply payment to your account. Book stipends and housing allowances will be sent directly to you. It is up to you to confirm your enrollment, monthly, through the VA website when appropriate.

    For more information:www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

    * In order to be eligible to receive benefits a student must:
    Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
    Complete 67% of all credits attempted with a grade of C or higher (Grades of W count against your average, will be reported to the appropriate VA agency, and may result in an overpayment of benefits for which the student, alone, will be responsible to repay).
    Have completed a formal academic evaluation of all previous college credit towards the degree which they are pursuing at Triton College, within two semesters of attendance.

    Information as of 06/2012