Veterans/Post 9-11 GI Bill

Post  9-11 GI BIll

What is the Post 9-11 GI Bill?

As of August 1, 2011 the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs' GI Education Enhancement Program changed the calculations for the tuition and fee coverage to grant a maximum of $22,805.34 per academic year to Vets, which is pro-rated based on one’s months of service from September 11, 2001 forward.

Your Certificate of Eligibility will indicate what percentage of the $22,805.34 you may receive. Some Graduate program’s tuition can be covered in full by the GI Bill alone and do not require 100% eligibility of the Yellow Ribbon program. See “Sample Tuition Calculations.”

How to Apply

  1. Apply on-line at http://www.gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/. There is no limit to the number of GI Bill eligible students the College may admit, however, there is a limit to the amount of Yellow Ribbon grants offered by Saint Mary’s (see Post 9-11 Yellow Ribbon).
  2. The VA will send you a Certificate of Eligibility (This may take a few weeks to receive from the VA)
  3. Send, fax, email or bring in a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility to:

Lisa King (lak5@stmarys-ca.edu)
(925) 631-8004
Office of the Registrar
Saint Mary's College of California
PMB 4748
Moraga, CA 94575-4748

*Please note the percentage varies for each student, the following example is based on 60% eligibility ($22,805.34 x 60% = $13,683.20). The example does not include potential fees. Any fees assessed in a year will be covered with the remaining GI Bill or if used up, by the student.