College Orientation: Benefits
Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for veterans with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Qualified veterans will receive coverage ranging between 40% and 100% of the maximum amount payable, depending upon the length of their post-9/11 service. Covered college costs include:
- Tuition and fees not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition and fees at a public institution of higher learning are paid directly to the college by the program.
- A monthly housing allowance (MHA) based upon the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents at the location of an in-residence school. When using distance learning, at least one in-residence course per semester must be taken in person at the in-residence college. Attendance must be at a rate greater than 50% to receive the MHA.
- An annual stipend of $1,000 for books and supplies paid proportionately based on enrollment.
- A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals.
Whether you choose to apply online or by sending a paper application through the mail, we recommend following the Road Map found at the link above.
These detailed instructions will help you use your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at Excelsior College.
Financial aid counselor for veterans
Application, degree planning, or enrollment assistance
Toll free: 888-647-2388, ext. 1352
Veteran Services and Outreach at Excelsior:
Veterans Services and Outreach
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-5159