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Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active-duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. If you qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you also may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Qualifying for the Post-9/11 GI Bill

You may be eligible for Chapter 33 benefits if you:

  • served at least 90 days on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, or
  • are still on active duty, or
  • were honorably discharged from active duty, or
  • are a Purple Heart recipient.

You may also qualify if:

  • you are eligible for the GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) and qualify for Chapter 33. You may make an irrevocable election to receive Post-9/11 benefits.
  • you are a Reserve member who lost education benefits when REAP was sunset in November 2015. You may be eligible to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Additional Details

Learn more about Chapter 33 benefits.


Process and Documentation

Your Certification of Enrollment will be sent to Muskogee VA Regional Processing electronically through the VA:

  • after you are formally accepted to the university
  • up to 120 days prior to the first day of class.

Documentation requirements:

If you are a dependent who has not yet received your COE, provide:

  • confirmation of your submitted application with the VA
  • confirmation of the transferred benefit from your sponsor parent's milConnect account.

Your Certification of Enrollment will be sent to Muskogee VA Regional Processing electronically through the VA:

  • after you are formally accepted to the university
  • up to 120 days prior to the first day of class.

Documentation requirements:

  • Notify the VA that you've changed schools.
  • Complete an Enrollment Certification Request.
  • Provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility or confirmation of your submitted application to the VA. If you previously used this benefit in South Carolina, you can provide an award letter from the VA to show your eligibility.

Your Certification of Enrollment will be sent to Muskogee VA Regional Processing electronically through the VA:

  • up to 120 days prior to the first day of class.

Documentation requirement:

 

Qualifying for the Yellow Ribbon Program

The University of South Carolina participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program, a student must:

  • be eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • have served an aggregate period of 36 months in active duty after Sept. 10, 2001
  • have been honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001
  • be a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on the service eligibility criteria listed above
  • be enrolled in an approved program offered by an institution of higher learning that participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Eligibility

If you submit an application for the Post-9/11 GI Bill to VA and are eligible at the 100 percent benefit level, VA will issue you a Certificate of Eligibility advising that you are potentially eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. You should provide your Certificate of Eligibility to the school, which, in turn, will determine if there are slots available for the Yellow Ribbon Program (based on its agreement with the VA).

Additional Details

Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program, or complete the application [pdf].

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