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Post-9/11 G.I. Bill

Applies to: Service members who on or after September 11, 2001:
  • served on active duty for at least 90 days of aggregate service.
  • OR were discharged with a service-related disability after 30 continuous days.

Benefits: eligible participants (veterans, service members and dependents) pursuing a VA approved training program may receive the following benefits at a percentage based on the length of active duty service:

  • Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid directly to the school). If the veteran or dependent is eligible at the 100% level, then full tuition and fees are covered. If the veteran or dependent is eligible at less than the 100% rate, then the VA will only pay that percentage of resident (not non-resident) tuition and fees.
  • Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the primary school (paid directly to the service member, veteran or dependent)
  • Note: In Morgantown, full BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) is set at $1143.00 dollars per month with a book stipend of $41.67 per credit hour not to exceed $1,000 dollars per academic year for veterans, service members and dependents who are eligible at 100 percent. Specific questions about eligibility for VA benefits should be addressed to the VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1.
  • Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000 per year (paid directly to the service member, veteran or dependent).

Required Paperwork:

1. A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE):

  • New Students: Apply for VA educational benefits.Click the "Find Your Education Benefits Form" button and answer the questions. You will receive your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) in the mail in approximately 30-45 days.
  • Transfer Students: if you used the benefit at another institution you will either need to provide a recent copy of your COE, or a screen shot of your benefits Enrollment Information page.  To obtain a recent copy of your COE, please call the Department of Veterans Affairs at 888-442-4551.  You will need to go to va.gov and update your current benefit.  Please scan and submit a copy of it to veterans@mail.wvu.edu.
2. If you are a non-resident student discharged within the last three years, please provide us a copy of your DD214.   Also, log onto your STAR account and update your Mailing/Local address to update your contact information.

3. Once you are registered for classes, fill out a GI Bill Certification Request Form.

For Undergraduates Only:  The VA requires students to complete a Prior Credit Evaluation within two semesters.  If not completed the VA will prevent WVU from submitting enrollment certifications for subsequent semesters. Follow these directions:

  • Email your DD214 to the Military Science Department ( ARMYROTC@mail.wvu.edu). They will transfer the Military Science college credits to your transcript.  ( MILS 101, 102, 201 and 202). This takes 7-10 days.

  • Notify your Certifying Official once you see the credits (you can look at your Degree Works) on your transcript. They will send you a Prior Credit Evaluation form. Take the form to your academic advisor and return to you Certifying Official.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Effective August 1, 2011, the Post- 9/11 GI Bill pays all eligible public school in-state tuition and fees. Since tuition and fees may exceed these amounts for non-resident students, the Yellow Ribbon program allows participating Institutions of Higher Learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fees at a certain level above the in-state charges. The VA then matches the payment. Under West Virginia law, for every eligible veteran who is enrolled or will be enrolled as an undergraduate student, the agreement shall provide for the waiver of fifty percent of the cost of tuition and mandatory fees in an amount to be matched by a contribution of equivalent value from the VA.

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