Virginia Western - The Community's College

Financial Aid

Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) went into effect August 1, 2009.  The percentage of the following benefits you will receive is determined by the number of days you served on Active Duty (not including training) after September 10, 2001:

  • Payment of tuition directly to the school.
  • A book stipend of up to $1000 per academic year payable to the student.
  • A monthly housing allowance paid to the student.  This payment is equal to the BAH of an E-5 with dependents in the same zip code as the school.  This is the applicable rate regardless of your rank/family size.  The BAH in the Roanoke area is $1056 (as of January 1, 2013)

Please note:  The housing allowance is not payable if you are enrolled only half-time or less. The law has been updated to allow a reduced payment if you are enrolled in exclusively distance learning courses.

In order to receive Ch 33 benefits, you must submit an application (Form 22-1990) to the Veterans Administration specifically electing this benefit.  If you are eligible for any other benefit, you will have to give up that benefit in order to receive Ch 33.  This election CANNOT be reversed.  Please research and discuss your options so you can make the correct decision for your circumstances.

In certain instances you may qualify to transfer all, or a portion, of your benefits under Ch 33 to your spouse or children.  For the most up-to-date information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, please refer the Veterans Administration’s website at http://www.gibill.va.gov.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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