Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance

 

To help servicepersons adjust to civilian life after separation from military service, assist in the recruitment and retention of highly qualified personnel in the active and reserve components in the Armed Forces by providing education benefits, and to provide educational opportunities to the dependents of certain service members and veterans.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
64.028
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2009: 34,393 trained. Fiscal Year 2010: 461,676 trained. Fiscal Year 2011: 510,149 trained.
Authorization
Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110-252, 38 U.S.C 33.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
What follows is not a complete list of eligibility requirements. For more information on the latest changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill go to the VA web-site address listed below.

Individuals who entered active duty after September 10, 2001 may be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Individuals can use the Post-9/11 GI Bill after serving 90 days on active duty (excluding entry level and skill training). Only periods of active duty under title 10 will be used to establish eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. A high school diploma or equivalency certificate is always required for eligibility. Individuals who are eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (chapter 30), the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (chapter 1606), or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) will have to make an irrevocable election to relinquish eligibility under one of those benefit programs to establish eligibility under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The dependent children of a person who died in the line of duty while serving as a member of the Armed Forces may be eligible to use benefits under the Fry Scholarship provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The spouse and/or child(ren) of a veteran or service member may be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill if the veteran or service member transfers entitlement to those dependents. Eligibility to transfer entitlement to dependents is determined by the Department of Defense.
Beneficiary Eligibility
As stated above under Applicant Eligibility.
Credentials/Documentation
Military discharge certificate (DD 214) is sometimes required; enrollment certification by institution offering training is required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Service members and veterans may apply for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits by completing and submitting the Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990). Dependent children may apply for Fry Scholarship provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits by completing and submitting the Dependents’ Application for Education Benefits (VA Form 22-5490). Dependent spouses and children may apply to use transferred benefits by completing and submitting the Application for Family Member to use Transferred Benefits (VA Form 22-1990e). Applications may be obtained and completed online via the GI Bill website at www.GIBill.va.gov. Applications are also available at all VA Regional Offices.
Award Procedure
Awards are authorized at the designated VA Regional Processing Office.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
A least 76.97 percent of applications were processed within 90 days or less in fiscal year 2009.
Appeals
Appeals are available through a special board; average response time was 116.9 days in 2009.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Participants may pursue approved programs of education offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL). Participants may also receive reimbursement for an approved licensing or certification test. Participants may pursue approved programs of education offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL). Participants may also receive reimbursement for an approved licensing or certification test.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Educational assistance will not be paid until VA receives certification of enrollment from the IHL. Beneficiaries are required to notify the IHL and VA of any changes to enrollment. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
No audits are required for this program.
Records
None.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Lump sum payments for tuition and fees and the Yellow Ribbon Program are issued directly to the IHL on behalf of the student. Students generally receive monthly payments of the housing allowance and a lump sum payment of the books and supplies stipend. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Lump sum payments for tuition and fees and the Yellow Ribbon Program are issued directly to the IHL on behalf of the student. Students generally receive monthly payments of the housing allowance and a lump sum payment of the books and supplies stipend.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
Headquarters Office
Michelle Staton, 810 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20420 Email: michelle.staton@va.gov Phone: (202) 461-9800.
Website Address
http://www.GIBILL.va.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
36-0137-0-1-702 - Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance.
Obligations
(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 09 $162,053,000; FY 10 est $7,363,987,000; FY 11 est $8,618,638,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The amount of educational assistance an individual is entitled to varies based on the amount of time served on active duty, the amount of tuition and fees charged, and the Basic Allowance for Housing payable for an E-5 with dependents in the zip code where the student attends school. In most cases, the benefits last for 36 (48 months when combined with other VA education benefits) calendar months of full-time training. The work-study allowance is limited to the higher of the Federal minimum wage or the State minimum wage where the work is performed. Tutorial assistance may not exceed $1200 and reimbursement for a licensing or certification test may not exceed $2000. The rural benefit is a one-time payment of $500.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
38 CFR 21.9500-21.9770.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.