Post 9/11 GI Bill® Chapter 33

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Benefit Information

How to Apply / Use Benefits

  1. Initial Dept. of Veteran Affairs benefit application or update your school or bank account on file in the VA system
  2. Submit to Laurel Ridge Veteran Services
  3. Submit Laurel Ridge VA certification request form
  4. Send official transcripts
  5. Make an appointment with
    • Military Benefits Official, Sharon Painter
    • Veteran Academic Advisor, Jeanmarie Corrado
  1. Enroll in courses required for VA approved degree/certificate
  2. Pay balance not covered by Post 9/11, including software charges
  3. Attend and complete the course(s)
  4. Student must verify school enrollment with VA by phone or online each month

BAH/Monthly Housing Allowance

  • To receive full housing allowance every day of semester, enroll as a full-time student and 1 in person course.
    • Full time = 12+ credit hours (based on 14 week session)
    • Summer =7-8 credit hours
    • All online courses = lower BAH
  • Housing allowance is based on campus zip code for in person class(es)
  • Determined by the VA, housing allowance is calculated using rate of pursuit and location of equal or majority of in person courses.  Student must have greater than 50% rate of pursuit to receive any housing allowance.  For more clarification, contact VA education hotline 1-888-442-4551
  • Students can receive full housing allowance if they choose to enroll in sessions other than 14 week.  Please contact Military Benefits Official for more details.
  • 100% eligible recipients receive 100% of calculated housing allowance
  • Housing allowance is deposited 1st day of month into student’s personal bank account for prior month’s attendance days

For more information, visit GI Bill® Comparison Tool

Financial Information

  • In-state tuition and fees will be paid by VA directly to Laurel Ridge approximately 3 weeks after drop period. Tuition balance will reflect on student’s account until VA payment is received.
  • If a student has submitted a certificate of eligibility and Laurel Ridge VA certification request form, Laurel Ridge will not penalize a student if VA payment is late. Failure to submit both requirements will initiate debt notifications from the business office.
  • Less than 100% eligibility recipients are responsible for balance.
  • Reductions in enrollment may cause a tuition debt to student.
  • Students using military education benefits can also use financial aid (FAFSA)


  • Book stipend is paid to student approx. 10 days prior to session.
  • Book stipend is $41.67 credit/hour for maximum of $1000/academic year
  • Some Laurel Ridge courses require software access and purchase, which is automatically charged to student financial account.  These software charges are not paid by Post 9/11 Gi Bill.


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