New GI Bill -- Specific Questions
- Can I transfer my entitlement to my dependents?
You must be approved by the Department of Defense (DOD) for eligibility to transfer entitlement to your spouse and dependent children. Transferring benefits is only available to active members of the Armed Forces who have completed at least six years of service in the armed forces and agree to serve at least four more years. Please contact DOD or your military service for more information.
- Do I need to certify my enrollment if I am receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits? If so, how and when?
Once you have registered for classes, the school you are enrolled in will complete and submit Enrollment Certification (VAF 22-1999) to report tuition, fees, enrollment dates, term dates, and Yellow Ribbon for each semester you are enrolled.
- How many credit hours are required for VA benefits?
There is not a specific credit hour requirement to receive your VA Education Benefits. For students attending less than 1/2 time, the amount you are eligible for will only include tuition and fees and may not exceed the rates provided by your program. For more information on rates and enrollment you can visit the GI Bill website: http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/rates.htm
- Who do I contact to find out how many months of benefits I have remaining?
You may call 1-888-442-4551 to speak to a G.I. Bill technician to find out your remaining entitlement.
- Can I use VA benefits at any school, including an online school?
Schools nationwide, including online learning institutions accept the VA Educational Programs. To find out if your school participates and the name of the certifying official at the school, please visit the following website: http://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchInstitutionCriteria.do
- What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?
The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning (such as colleges, universities, and other degree-granting schools) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to help fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed what the Post-9/11 GI Bill covers. The VA will then also help cover some of the additional charges. You may qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program benefit if you: * Served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months * Were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001 * Dependents are eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-911 GI Bill based on an individual's service under the eligibility criteria. And your school: *Must participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program; *Must have not offered Yellow Ribbon to more than the maximum number of individuals stated in their participation agreement; *Must certify your enrollment to VA, including Yellow Ribbon program information. For more information, or to see if your school participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, visit: http://gibill.va.gov/post-911/post-911-gi-bill-summary/yellow-ribbon-program.html