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Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill

Chapter 33 provides tuition assistance, a housing allowance, and a books and supplies stipend to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after September 11, 2001 or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. The transferability option allows Service Members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. Active Duty Service Members and their spouses are not paid a housing allowance.

For information on eligibility for benefits under Chapter 33, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp

How to use Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill at Winthrop:

Yellow Ribbon Program

Winthrop University is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows approved institutions of higher learning and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to find tuition and fee expenses that exceed the established thresholds under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

For 2015-16, Winthrop’s maximum contribution is $7,500 per student per year, and the VA will match this amount. This program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 20 eligible undergraduate and 5 eligible graduate students per year. To receive Yellow Ribbon funds, the student has to be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at the 100% level, not be on active duty (or using the transferred entitlement of an active-duty spouse) and be an out-of-state resident. View the Yellow Ribbon Program Application (pdf - 24 kb).

For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program, please visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp

Step 1. Apply with the VA to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill at Winthrop.

Students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill for the first time

To apply for the Post 9/11 GI Bill as the veteran or service member:

Go to http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ and click on “Apply for Benefits.” Log in, fill out VA Form 22-1990, and submit it to the VA. Once the VA processes your application, they will send you a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail. This Certificate will show how many months of entitlement the student has and what the eligibility percentage is. When you receive this Certificate, you should submit a copy to the Veterans Benefits Coordinator at Winthrop University.

To apply for the Post 9/11 GI Bill as the spouse/dependent of a veteran or service member:

To initiate or modify a Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer, the service member or veteran should go to https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/ When the milConnect home page displays, select Education Benefits from the menu bar.

Next, in order to use a transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill, the student should go to http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ and click on “Apply for Benefits.” Log in, fill out VA Form 22-1990E, and submit it to the VA. Once the VA processes your application, they will send you a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail. This Certificate will show how many months of entitlement the student has and what the eligibility percentage is. When you receive this Certificate, you should submit a copy to the Veterans Benefits Coordinator at Winthrop University.

Transfer students who have previously used the Post 9/11 GI Bill

Go to http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ and click on “Apply for Benefits.” Fill out the "VA Form 22-1995" and submit it electronically. The VA will then process your application.

All transfer students must provide official transcripts from all prior institutions of higher education to Winthrop's Office of Admissions. This is a requirement for all students using VA Education Benefits. The Department of Veteran Affairs requires the Veterans Benefits Coordinator at Winthrop to officially report all prior credits completed at other higher education institutions that can be applied towards the degree program that the student is pursuing at Winthrop.

Transient students attending Winthrop as a Guest Student

If you are pursuing a degree at another university and would like to use your GI Bill to take classes toward that degree at Winthrop, please have the School Certifying Official at your home school send a Parent Letter to the Veterans Benefits Coordinator at Winthrop.

Step 2. Contact the Veterans Benefits Coordinator.

All students using VA educational benefits should complete the Student Profile Sheet (pdf - 153 kb) and Compliance Agreement (pdf - 82 kb) and return them to the Veterans Benefits Coordinator. Once the student has registered for classes, he/she should send the Veterans Benefits Coordinator a copy of his/her course schedule. If the student meets the criteria, he/she should also submit a Yellow Ribbon Application (pdf - 24 kb) to the Veterans Benefits Coordinator. Once the Veterans Benefits Coordinator has this information, she will send the Enrollment Certification to the VA. Once the VA receives the certification, they begin processing payments – the tuition piece which will be paid to the school and the housing and books which will be paid directly to the student.

Step 3. Protect your schedule with Student Accounts Receivable.

Students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill are able to protect their schedules while waiting for payment from the VA if the Veterans Benefits Coordinator has an up-to-date Certificate of Eligibility or eBenefits screenshot showing the student’s eligibility percentage and number of months of entitlement remaining. To have their schedules protected, students should contact Student Accounts Receivable at 803/323-3377 prior to the fee payment deadline. Failure to do so will result in the student’s classes being dropped. 

Step 4. Stay up to date.

Let the Veterans Benefits Coordinator know if you make any changes to your enrollment, including schedule changes, withdrawing from classes, and major/minor changes. Failure to keep up-to-date records can result in an overpayment by the VA, which could result in you owing a large balance to the VA and/or Winthrop University.

Each semester that you would like to use VA Educational Benefits, turn in a copy of your schedule once it is finalized to the Veterans Benefits Coordinator and protect your schedule by contacting Student Accounts Receivable.

For the above program, eligibility is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs, not by Winthrop University. For information on benefit eligibility, please visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

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