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Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

Veterans who have served at least 90 aggregate days of service after Sept. 10, 2001 may be eligible for benefits under Chapter 33.  Chapter 33 provides up to 36 months of payable benefits fifteen years after release from active duty. 

Veterans may be eligible for Chapter 33 benefits if they:

  • Entered active duty on or after Sept. 10, 2001
  • Served at least 90 total days of active duty
  • Were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability, and served 30 continuous days

Veterans are entitled to a certain percentage of Chapter 33 benefits based on the total period of active duty served after Sept. 10, 2001:

Total period of active duty served after Sept. 10, 2001

Percentage

At least 36 months

100

At least 30 continuous days w/ discharge due to service connected disability

100

At least 30 months < 36 months

90

At least 24 months < 30 months

80

At least 18 months < 24 months

70

At least 12 months < 18 months

60

At least 6 months < 12 months

50

At least 90 days < 6 months

40

The cost of tuition and fees may not exceed in-state tuition cost for Lord Fairfax Community College.  The Department of Veterans Affairs does not cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

The yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 a year, which is paid to the student, is not payable to those on active duty.  As well, the monthly housing stipend is not payable to those training at half time or less, or those enrolled only in distance learning.

To apply for benefits:

  1. Veterans should fill out VA Form 22-1990 and submit it through VONAPP
  2. Once this is completed, the Department of Veterans Affairs should send the veteran a Certificate of Eligibility. 
  3. The veteran should submit a copy of this Certificate of Eligibility to Kelsey Byard, Veteran and International Admissions Specialist, in the Admissions and Records Office (Middletown, 170).  
 

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