Frequently Asked Questions
What type of VA Education Benefits am I eligible for?
The VETS Center can help you determine what you may qualify for, but only VA can tell you what you are actually eligible for and how many months of entitlement you have. To find out more, or for assistance with submitting an application for VA Education Benefits, call or stop by the VETS Center. Our staff will ask a few questions to determine what you may qualify for, and answer any questions have before you apply.
Where can I get a copy of my DD214 or Certificate of Eligibility?
Have you registered for an eBenefits account? Your eBenefits account is the best place to access information about your record of service and benefits that you are currently using or may qualify for. VETS Center staff can help you set up your eBenefits account and show you where to access your information.
Can I transfer my Post-9/11 GI Bill to my dependents?
Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits can be transferred to your spouse or child while you are in the active military. After separation, you are no longer eligible to transfer benefits to a dependent. If you transferred at least one day of entitlement to a dependent before separating, you can transfer additional months of entitlement, but the initial transfer must take place while you are enlisted in the active military. Click here for more information about the Transfer of Entitlement option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
What does Post-9/11 GI Bill cover?
Tuition and Fees- up to 100% of your in-state tuition and fees are paid directly to the University by VA, based on your eligibility percentage. Post-9/11 GI Bill does NOT cover out-of-state (non-resident) tuition. If eligible, Yellow Ribbon matching funds may be available to offset out-of-state charges. See the Request for Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program form on our website for eligibility information.
Monthly Housing Allowance- paid directly to you, based on rate of pursuit (number of credit hours currently attended) and multiplied by your eligibility percentage. You must be attending at least 7 credit hours to be eligible to receive MHA.
Book Stipend-$1000 per year maximum paid directly to you, based on your percentage of eligibility and your enrollment.
When will I receive my book stipend, and how much will it be?
Book stipends for Post-9/11 GI Bill participants are usually disbursed the week prior to the start of a semester or term (if you requested certification of your benefits at least 30 days before the term began). Stipends are paid for each enrollment period separately, so you will receive more than one payment per term if you courses are taught in 8 week blocks. The rate for book stipends is $41.67 per credit hour with an annual cap of $1000.00.
When am I going to get paid?
Post-9/11 GI Bill- you should receive your book stipend immediately before each new semester or term begins, as long as you haven’t already received the maximum amount for the year. Your housing stipend is paid in arrears. You will be paid for January on or around the first of February, and so on. If you enrolled late, requested certification of your benefits late, or made changes to your enrollment before the beginning of the term, your book stipend will be delayed.
For all other chapters, your monthly stipends is paid in arrears. Your January stipend will be paid on or around the first of February, and so on. Changes to your schedule and late registration or certification can cause your payment to be delayed.
I am only taking online courses. Do I still qualify for the housing allowance?
Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients who are only taking online courses qualify for the housing allowance under the National Average MHA rate. The current rate for full-time enrollment is $714.50 for each full month of enrollment for those eligible at the 100% rate.
How many hours do I have to take to be eligible for the housing allowance under Post-9/11?
For any semester or term, you must be enrolled MORE THAN HALF TIME to be eligible for the housing allowance. This varies based on how long each course is, how long the term is, whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, and if you are taking your courses online or in-person.
Typically, for an undergraduate student taking courses that span the entire long semester, you must take more than 6 hours to be “more than half time” and eligible for a pro-rated housing allowance. Graduate students must take 5 or more hours during a long semester (Fall and Spring), and 4 hours or more in Summer to remain eligible for a pro-rated housing allowance. To be eligible for the full amount of housing allowance, you must be enrolled full-time for the entire semester or term. Please see the VETS Center if you are unsure about your eligibility for the housing allowance.
What is the Yellow Ribbon Program, and who is eligible for it?
The Yellow Ribbon Program is an agreement between ASU and VA to provide assistance for Veterans, service members and dependents of Veterans and service members using Post-9/11 GI Bill who do not qualify for in-state (resident) tuition rates.
You must meet ALL of the requirements below to qualify:
- Be eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% rate (both Veterans and dependents using transferred benefits)
- Be an enrolled student who is not eligible for in-state tuition rates
- NOT be an active duty service member OR the spouse of an active duty service member
Funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To request Yellow Ribbon funds, you must have a complete file determining your eligibility for Post-9/11 GI Bill in the VETS Center, be enrolled for one or more upcoming terms, and you must complete and submit a Request for Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program prior to the payment deadline for the semester.
ASU’s Yellow Ribbon agreement provides up to $4000 per year to cover out-of-state tuition costs for undergraduate level students and $2000 per year for graduate level students. These funds are matched by VA and applied directly to the cost of out-of-state tuition and fees. We accept the first 5 requests for each level per year. Yellow Ribbon funds do not typically cover all tuition and fee charges, so participants should expect to pay at least a portion of their tuition and fees each year on their own.
Can I use my VA Education Benefits for Grad School?
Yes. If you are eligible for GI Bill benefits and have remaining entitlement, you can use it for a graduate degree and beyond.
Can I use my VA Education Benefits for Summer courses?
Yes- as long as they are required for graduation, VA will cover them. Summer is a great times to maximize your benefits, too. for undergraduate students, if you enroll in two 3-hour courses in Summer I and two 3-hour courses in Summer II, you will only expend about 2 months of GI Bill eligibility while you accomplish an entire semester’s worth of coursework! Graduate students are only required to enroll in 6 total semester hours over the course of summer to be considered full-time in most cases.
Do I qualify for grants, and can I use them while receiving VA Education Benefits?
We encourage all students receiving VA Educational Benefits to apply for federal financial aid as an additional resource to pay for college expenses. Your education benefits will not be counted against you for the purposes of determining eligibility for grants. Grant eligibility is determined by the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and careful processing done by our Financial Aid staff. Aid that you qualify for through our Financial Aid office will be applied to any balance you owe the university for tuition, fees, parking, mailbox rental, housing/meals, late fees and other items. Any remaining credit will be refunded to you after your balance has been paid in full. If you are using Post-9/11 GI Bill, your financial aid will be applied to your account balance after your GI Bill credit is applied, and any remaining credit will be refunded to you.
I am Active Duty military stationed in Texas. Will I be charged for in-state or out-of-state tuition?
Active duty service members who are currently stationed in Texas can request a waiver of out-of-state tuition rates by completing an Active Duty Military Certification Form and submitting it to the Registrar prior to the census date of the term. Spouses and dependent children can request this waiver as well. See our Residency Information page for more information.
Can I use Hazlewood and other VA benefits at the same time?
Under certain circumstances, yes. This is called “stacking” your benefits. If you are eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill at less than the 100% rate, and are fully eligible for the Hazlewood Exemption, you can use the exemption to cover the remaining tuition not paid by VA. Other benefits might be eligible for stacking with Hazlewood. Contact the VETS Center to see if your VA Education Benefit qualifies.
What are the requirements to qualify for the Hazlewood Exemption (for both Veteran and Dependent)?
The Hazlewood Act provides an exemption of (up to) 150 semester hours of eligible tuition and fees for Veterans who were:
- honorably discharged after serving at least 181 days on active duty
- AND whose home of record at the time of entry into military service was Texas
- AND currently reside in Texas and qualify for in-state (resident) tuition rates
- AND currently have no remaining entitlement under Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Education OR be eligible for Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill at less than the 100% rate - in this case, the Hazlewood Exemption can be applied to the remaining unpaid percentage of eligible tuition and fees.
There are provisions for transferring un-used Hazlewood hours to a dependent child under the Hazlewood Legacy Act. To transfer un-used hours to a child, the Veteran must be fully eligible for the exemption, and the child must reside in Texas and qualify for in-state (resident) tuition rates. Children using transferred hours must be 25 years old or younger on the first day of the semester for which the exemption is claimed, and must be ineligible or eligible at less than the 100% rate for Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
Spouses and children of honorably discharged Texas Veterans with a complete and permanent service-connected disability or who died because of a service connected disability may also qualify for the exemption. Please see the information listed on our website for complete information about eligibility
What if I enroll for less than full-time?
VA will adjust all stipends accordingly. If you are enrolled 3/4 time, VA will pay you 75% of your benefits. If you are enrolled in 1/2 time, VA will pay you 50% of your benefits. EXCEPTIONS: those using Post-9/11 GI Bill must be enrolled a MORE THAN HALF TIME to be eligible to receive housing stipend. For long semesters, you must enroll in 7 or more hours to qualify for the housing stipend. For block courses, you will not be eligible for the housing stipend until you have attended courses totaling 7 or more credit hours for the term.
What happens if I fail a class?
If you attend the course all the way to the end of the term, VA will pay for you to repeat the course without penalty one time. If you fail the class because you stopped attending it before the end date, an adjustment will be made to your account, and VA may ask you to repay all or part of your stipend for that course. VA will pay for you to repeat the course one time without penalty.
What happens if I withdraw from all of my classes?
Please notify the VETS Center so we can process the withdrawal and notify VA that you are no longer attending classes at ASU. After we process the withdrawal:
For Post-9/11 GI Bill, VA will request that you return all or part of the tuition and fees paid to the University for the course, based on the date of the withdrawal and the reason for withdrawal.
For all other chapters, VA will stop your monthly stipend and possibly ask you to repay a portion of the stipend if they have overpaid you.
If you have medical or other unavoidable circumstances that are outside your control that cause you to withdrawal form all of your classes, be sure to let us know. We won’t ask for all the details, but we will ask questions and give you all the information we can to make sure your file is processed with your situation in mind. In some situations, VA can waive the debt associated with your withdrawal, but only if we ask them to review it.
What happens if I drop a class?
Please notify the VETS Center so we can process the drop and notify VA that there has been a change in your enrollment. After we process the adjustment:
For Post-9/11- VA will request that you return all or part of the tuition and fees paid to the University for the course, based on the drop date. They may also request that you repay your book and housing stipends for that course. If you drop below full-time, your housing stipend will be adjusted based on your remaining enrollment. If you drop to half-time or less, you will no longer be eligible for the housing stipend, and VA will request that you repay any housing stipend funds that were paid after the date of the drop. Va will pay for you to repeat the class.
For all other chapters- VA will adjust your monthly stipend according to your remaining course load. If you remain enrolled full-time, no adjustment is made. If you remain enrolled 3/4 time, Va will pay you the 3/4 time rate from the date of the drop. If you remain enrolled 1/2 time or less, VA will adjust your rate to the amount of your tuition and fees only, and request reimbursement of any overpayment that has been made to you. VA will pay for you to repeat the class.