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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 for students needing additional funds for their Tuition and Fees. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program please see link for In-State Tuition above (to be added soon).

The “Top Up” Program for Active Military

Post 911 GI-BILL and TA (Tuition Assistance) can be used at the same time through the Tuition Assistance Top Up Program

VA's new "Forever GI Bill"

  • The 15-year time limitation to use Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits is now eliminated for Veterans who left active duty on or after January 1, 2013.
  • The VA is now authorized to restore benefits and provide relief to Veterans affected by school closures or disapprovals.
  • Reservists who had eligibility under the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) and lost it due to the program sunset provision will have that service credited toward the Post-9/11 GI Bill program.
  • Anyone eligible for GI Bill can use their benefits at an accredited independent study program at an area career and technical school, or a postsecondary vocational school providing postsecondary level education.

Servicemembers transitioning out of the military and looking to earn a degree will begin their search for schools over the next 30 to 60 days as they prepare for life, post-service. CollegeRecon provides promotional access to these prospective students through a network inclusive of the American Legion, the Army and Air National Guard Education Service Office, the USCG Vol Ed program, and select Student Veterans of America chapters.

For further information, please visit the VA's Website directly. 

 

Applying for Ch. 33 Post 911 GI-BILL:

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 - 347 kb) and Compliance Agreement (pdf - 114 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.  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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