Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Post 9/11 GI Bill?
The Post 9/11 GI Bill, also referred to as Chapter 33, offers veterans who have served after September 10, 2001 a chance to pursue higher education. This comprehensive educational benefits package was made available as of August 1, 2009. Visit the GI Bill Web site for information on eligibility.

Who qualifies?

  • Those having served at least 90 days of continuous active duty after 9/10/01; or
  • Those having served at least 30 days of continuous active duty after 9/10/01 discharged due to a service-related disability.

How much will a veteran receive from the federal government?
The amount of financial assistance is dependent upon the state in which the particular institution or program is located. The amount made available to an individual is capped at the highest in-state, undergraduate tuition & fees rate. A veteran’s length of active duty service after September 10, 2001 determines the benefit eligibility as follows:

  • 100% - At least 36 months
  • 100% - At least 30 continuous days and service-connected disability discharge
  • 90% - At least 30 months
  • 80% - At least 24 months
  • 70% - At least 18 months
  • 60% - At least 12 months
  • 50% - At least 6 months
  • 40% - At least 90 days

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?
LIU is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Please contact the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs at 516-299-2256 for details regarding the 2012-2013 agreement. Veterans who have served a minimum of thirty-six months of active duty service after September 10, 2001 are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. This program enhances your educational entitlements by covering additional tuition and fee costs above the allocated annual allowance.

Are there any additional benefits aside from tuition assistance?
Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, veterans may receive a monthly housing stipend determined by the zip code of the chosen institution of higher learning. However, those enrolled at a half-time status, enrolled solely in an online program, and individuals currently on active duty are not eligible to receive the housing allowance, although they still receive tuition assistance. Participants will also receive up to $1,000 per academic year to help cover the costs of books, supplies, and any additional fees. Active duty members do not qualify for the stipend.

For how long are individuals entitled to the benefits?
Generally veterans are entitled to 36 months of the educational benefits. Individuals who elect to enroll in Chapter 33 after previously receiving benefits from the Montgomery Bill (Chapter 30) are only entitled to the number of months they had remaining under Chapter 30.

Do educational benefits expire?
Yes, veterans must utilize their benefits within 15 years of the date of discharge or release from active duty of at least 90 consecutive days.

Are non-matriculated students eligible?
No, veterans must be enrolled in a degree program in order to use these educational benefits. Those who are non-matriculated or who are auditing a class are not eligible for Ch. 33 or Yellow Ribbon funds.