New GI Bill Benefits Updates

  1. National Guard personnel called to active duty under Title 10 (a Federal Activation) are qualified for the New Post 9/11 GI Bill. Title 32 is a State Activation and does not qualify for federal benefits Chapter 33. Post9/11 is a Federal benefit not a State benefit.
  2. Tuition and fees are paid directly to the school through EFT or check. Payments will include student identification information and the semester that the payment is covering.
  3. As of 1 January 2013, the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for Reno/Carson City area is $1050.00 per month during the period of time you are attending classes. Please see this website for more information. Enter 89557 for the "duty zip code" and select E-5 for the "rank".
  4. BAH payments will be paid upon receipt of the certification from the school and may consist of a partial payment for the last part of August. The VA has not informed our office as to when the BAH payments will be made to students.
  5. October 1, 2009 will be the first full BAH payment.
  6. BAH will increase annually on January 1.
  7. BAH is not payable if the student is: (1) on active duty, (2) enrolled at 1/2 time (50%) or less, and (3) enrolled exclusively in online classes.
  8. You must be enrolled at 51% or greater to be able to receive BAH. An example for UNR is at least 7 semester credits. If you are 6 credits or lower, you will not be eligible to receive BAH.
  9. Book allowance is $1000.00 for the whole year. Or $41.67 per credit hour up to 24 credit hours, and prorated based upon the percentage of the maximum benefit payable.
  10. MGIB-AD (Chapter 30) and MGIB-SR (Chapter 1606) kickers are payable and will be prorated based upon the student's rate of pursuit.
  11. The $600 buy up is not payable under the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the money will not be refunded.
  12. Break Pay is the same as Chapter 30.
  13. Work-Study is the same as Chapter 30.
  14. Tutorial Assistance is the same as Chapter 30.
  15. Chapter 30 MGIB Contribution Refunds - Students who relinquish MGIB benefits may be entitled to a proportional amount of the basic $1200 contribution IF they exhaust their entitlement under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
  16. USAC (studies abroad) classes are not eligible unless the course(s) is/are a mandatory requirement, (i.e., the requirement cannot be met in residence at the University), for completion of the approved program of study.
  17. If a student's benefits exhaust during a term, benefits may be extended until the end of the term.
  18. Veterans who are eligible for more than one benefit may use a combined total of 48 months of entitlement. Therefore, for those individuals eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) program, please be advised that if you have entitlement remaining under the MGIB, the number of months of Post - 9/11 GI Bill entitlement you will be eligible for will be equal to the number of months remaining under MGIB. Example: If the student has one day remaining under MGIB and then transfers to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, he or she will have only one day of benefit under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
  19. If a student has submitted the Form 22-1990 electing the new Post 9/11 GI Bill, and the VA has not yet processed the application, it can be revoked by sending a letter to the VA withdrawing that election. The student should keep a copy of that letter and a copy should be placed in the students VA file at the school.
  20. If you exhaust all of your MGIB entitlement, you may then be entitled to a maximum of 12 additional months of entitlement under the Post - 9/11 GI Bill.
  21. If the student has submitted an application (22-1990) and not filled in section 9F with a date of election, the VA will assume and choose August 1st for the veteran. The student has one year to contact the VA to change that date of election. If a student has entered a date in section 9F, the VA will process that application using that date of election. This becomes important when the student is changing from MGIB to the Post 9/11 GI Bill and is about to exhaust the MGIB benefits.
  22. After you have submitted your application for the Post - 9/11 GI Bill benefits you will receive a letter explaining VA's decision regarding your eligibility for the program. Payments for the Post - 9/11 GI Bill will not be processed until after 1 August 2009.
  23. If tuition and fees are charged, but subsequently waived or paid by financial aid, the VA can authorize a tuition and fee payment. The resulting funds can be released to the student if not prohibited by state regulations.
  24. If tuition is waived by the Nevada National Guard (NNG)fee waiver, the VA will only authorize the payment of fees that the student is required to pay and is not covered by the NNG waiver.
  25. Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) recipients do not have to verify on the WAVE website.
  26. If the student had attended at least one day under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the University is not required to repay the money and the VA will go to the student to recover the overpayment.
  27. The University may refund the money to the student during the 100% and 50% drop periods under the school refund policies.
  28. Enrollment is calculated as "rate of pursuit" under the New Post 9/11 GI Bill. Enrollment is not calculated as full-time, 3/4-time, 1/2 time as under the Montgomery GI Bill. The calculation uses the length of the school term, the number of credits in which you are enrolled, and the percentage of the New Post 9/11 GI Bill that the veteran is qualified for. The VA has not released this calculation formula at this time.
  29. Graduate students enrolled for 6 credits are calculated differently and are considered enrolled for 66.67% rate of pursuit.
  30. The new Post - 9/11 GI Bill will only pay up to the highest In-State Undergraduate tuition and fees. What this means is if you are not a resident of the State of Nevada, you will be paying out-of-state tuition portion and the VA will pay the regular fees charged to resident students. The out-of-state tuition costs are out-of-pocket expenses that the veteran will have to pay until the veteran establishes residency in the State of Nevada.
  31. The VA Form 22 - 1995 requires that veterans currently eligible for another education benefit make an irrevocable election from their existing program to the Post - 9/11 GI Bill (see application items 9A and 9F).

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