Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill

Tuition and fees are paid directly to the school. Parking, tax, meals, and housing are not billable fees to the VA. The veteran will be required to pay those fees.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have served at least 90 days of aggregate qualifying active duty service after September 10, 2001
  • Character of discharge is “honorable”

How to Apply

  • Apply through vets.gov Form 22-1990 for new applications
  • If you are changing schools or majors, complete Form 22-1995 “Request for Change of Program or Place of Training” through vets.gov

Benefits:

  • To be eligible for 100% of the benefit, an individual must have served an aggregate of 36 months of active duty service, or have been discharged for a service-connected disability after 30 days of continuous service
  • For those who served fewer than 36 months, the percentage of benefit ranges from 40% to 90%

            o  40% - 90 or more days

            o  50% - 6 total months

            o  60% - 12 total months

            o  70% - 18 total months

            o  80% - 24 total months

            o  90% - 30 total months

Example:  An individual with 5 months of qualifying service could receive 40% of the tuition benefit, 40% of the monthly housing allowance, and a maximum of $400 books and supplies stipend per year if enrolled at full-time, 12 undergraduate credits.

  • Tuition & Fees: the school will receive a percentage, as determined by the length of active duty service, for all tuition and fees (does not cover parking, taxes, meals or housing)
  • Monthly living stipend: a monthly housing allowance MHA equal to the basic allowance for housing (BAH) amount payable to an E5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the school (Newark is 07102) http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm.  This allowance is paid proportionately based on your enrollment. Rates are adjusted on 1 August
  • If you are attending school at the ½ time or less rate, or if you are on active duty or the spouse of an active duty member (with transferred entitlements), you will not receive any MHA
  • If you are attending school overseas, you will receive a MHA of the average BAH amount for all CONUS locations
  • If you are enrolled solely in distance learning you will receive a housing allowance equal to ½ the national average. If you take 1 course on campus, you will receive the full amount eligible for that zip code.
  • MHA is also prorated based on length of service. For current rates check http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm
  • Books and supplies stipend: up to $1000/year payment issued directly to the student.

            o  Benefit paid proportionately at $41.67 per credit hour

            o  Not to exceed 24 credit hours per academic year

            o  Prorated based on length of service

            o  Lump sum payment paid with the first housing stipend each academic year

            o  NJIT encourages students to purchase all books and supplies prior to the start of class; we do not encourage waiting until you receive your book stipend from the VA.

  • Note: If an individual is eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill as well as other GI Bill benefits, the VA will require him/her to make an irrevocable choice of which benefit to receive
  • Expires 15 years from the date of last discharge or release from active duty of at least 90 consecutive days; or 30 days but not less than 90 days if released for a service connected disability; or 15 years from date of discharge for the last period of service used to meet the minimum service requirements of 90 aggregate days of service
  • Percentage can increase if a student is called to active duty before exhausting benefits
  • Final amount due is subject to change based on your completed Financial Aid award if you are less than 100% eligible.

How to use the benefit at NJIT:

  1. Complete a Veterans Affairs Program Card
  2. Provide your Certificate of Eligibility (the first semester you are using benefits)
  3. Provide a new Certificate of Eligibility if your benefit percentage has changed
  4. If you can not locate your Certificate of Eligibility, and you have already been approved for benefits, you can download a Post-9/11 GI Bill Statement of Benefits through Vets.gov
  5. Submit all items to Lynn.M.Pawlowski@njit.edu or drop them off at the Registrar’s Office in the Student Mall
  6. We will inform the Bursar’s Office of the portion that will be paid by the VA
  7. Deadline to submit documents is 2 weeks prior to the start of class

**VA Benefits are paid based upon your attendance. Dropping a course or unsatisfactory attendance in class (you stop going) could result in a debt to the VA for unpaid tuition, fees, and/or BAH.

**Any balance not paid by the VA is the responsibility of the student.

**Only degree pursuing courses will be certified to the VA. If it is not required, the VA will not cover the course.