GI Bill Information for Veterans

Educational Benefits Overview for Veterans: The Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance and a book stipend.  All benefits are paid on a sliding scale based on the length of service. (See scale below.)

Post-9/11 Service: % of Maximum Amount Payable
At least 36 cumulative months: 100%
At least 30 continuous days on active duty and discharged due to service-connected disability: 100%
At least 30 cumulative months: 90%
At least 24 cumulative months: 80%
At least 18 cumulative months: 70%
At least 12 cumulative months: 60%
At least 6 cumulative months: 50%
90 aggregate days: 40%

The Post-9/11 GI Bill can be transferred to spouses and children. States must ensure all public institutions of higher learning offering VA-approved programs charge in-state tuition and fees to “covered individuals” as described, to include same-sex spouses and children (biological, adopted, pre-adoptive, and stepchildren of same-sex spouses) after July 1, 2015. To ensure compliance, states should consider offering in-state tuition and fees to all individuals eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 and MGIB-AD programs.

Public institutions must offer in-state tuition and fees to all “covered individuals” for veterans and family members to be eligible to receive GI Bill benefits for training beginning after July 1, 2015. VA will not issue payments for any students eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill or the MGIB-AD until the school becomes fully compliant. VA is in the process of developing waiver criteria for states that are actively pursuing changes to comply with these provisions. More information regarding the waiver criteria will be included in a regulation published in the Federal Register.

To apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, visit the VA's eBenefits website. It will take approximately 8 to 12 weeks for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process the application for benefits. Once the application is finalized, the student will receive a Certificate of Eligibility verifying the amount of benefits and months of entitlement available. The VA Certifying Official will need a copy for your file.

To request the use of your benefits, please fill out the Benefit Enrollment Form on the University of Louisville's Veterans website. When you have completed the form, click ‘submit’ at the bottom of the page. Note: This form must be completed prior to the start of each semester that you are using benefits.

The University of Louisville requires tuition to be paid at the time of registration. Due to extended processing time of the VA, you cannot rely on your education benefits to cover the initial tuition payment. It may be necessary to seek an alternate payment plan. Please contact the Bursar’s Office or the Veteran Affairs representative for more information.

Kentucky law provides that a public university may adopt a tuition policy whereby any veteran who is eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits who enrolls as a non-resident undergraduate student is charged no more than the undergraduate resident rate for tuition. This law applies to Post-9/11 veterans only, dependents are not included.

Questions regarding the provisions of Section 702 may be submitted to Section702.Vbavaco@va.gov. Updates to the GI Bill will be provided on the VA website.

For more information regarding veteran education benefits and admission questions at the University of Louisville, please contact the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services staff:

Carissa Gentry, VA Certifying Official
Office of Military and Veteran Student Services
University of Louisville
carissa.gentry@louisville.edu
502-852-0998

Kristen Roy, Veterans Program Coordinator
Office of Military and Veteran Student Services
University of Louisville
veterans@louisville.edu
ketaxe01@louisville.edu
502-852-6442

For additional information, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.