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Post-9/11 GI Bill® and CH 33 Fry Scholarship

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, or individuals discharged after 30 days with a service-connected disability. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This program provides up to 36 months of education benefits.

THE POST-9/11 GI Bill® WILL PAY ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS:
  • Up to $23,671.94 towards tuition and mandatory fees in award year 2018-2019 (Aug. 1-July 30)
  • A Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an “E-5 with dependents” for the university’s zip code: 33606
    • MHA/BAH is prorated based on “rate of pursuit.” BAH Calculator select E-5 with dependents
    • Active duty and students studying at half time or less will not receive a MHA/BAH.
  • An annual book and supply stipend of up to $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.

What’s my rate of pursuit?

“Rate of pursuit” refers to a student’s status as full time or part time. During fall and spring semesters, undergraduates are full time at 12 to 18 credits and half time at six credits per semester. Graduate students are full time at eight or more credits and half time at four credits per semester.

How do I apply for benefits?

Visit www.va.gov and click on "find your education benefits form." After reading the instructions select the appropriate option to apply for VA education benefits.

How do I get started with UT?

VETERAN (or active duty service member)    CHILD/SPOUSE of a service member
Have you used Post 9/11 GI Bill at another school? Have you used Post 9/11 GI Bill at another school?
NO: Email your DD-214 (if separated) and your COE to VCO@ut.edu. NO: Email your COE to VCO@ut.edu.
YES:
Email your DD-214 (if separated), your COE, AND the confirmation number for submitting your VA Form 22-1995 to VCO@ut.edu.   
YES:  Email your COE AND the confirmation number for submitting your VA Form 22-5495 to VCO@ut.edu.

What is a “COE?”

The “COE” is the Certificate of Eligibility that the VA sends all veterans or dependents who are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The VA will send the COE directly to the student to describe the student’s entitlement for the GI Bill. The COE is sometimes called an Award Letter. Make a copy of the COE for your certifying official at UT.

What does the Veterans Certifying Official do?

Your Veterans Certifying Official (VCO) submits online form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification, to notify the VA that you are currently registered and attending classes. The VCO will certify your enrollment every term prior to the start of the term. The VCO will also monitor your enrollment and report changes in enrollment to the VA. Changes in enrollment may result in adjustments in your benefits payout. Changes to enrollment could result in a debt. Consult with the VCO prior to adjusting your enrollment after the add/drop period. 

How do I transfer my GI Bill® benefits from another school?

Visit www.va.gov, then navigate to How do I apply? Click updating my current education benefits. Choose the appropriate option and submit the form online. Then email your confirmation number to VCO@ut.edu.  

How is The University of Tampa involved in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Any student who is 100% eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, who is either a veteran or a dependent of a veteran, automatically receives Yellow Ribbon funds. No additional application is required. UT’s Yellow Ribbon contribution for 2018-2019 is designed to cover most or all tuition and fees for eligible students. For the 2018-2019 academic year, The University of Tampa will offer Yellow Ribbon Funds to an unlimited number of eligible students. Undergraduates may be awarded up to $10,000 per academic year (with matching funds available by the VA), and graduate students may be awarded up to $2,000 per academic year (with matching funds available by the VA). Yellow Ribbon funds will be awarded after the 2018-2019 GI Bill tuition/fees benefit of $23,671.94 has been exhausted. After the VA has paid out $23,671.94 in tuition/fees benefits, The University of Tampa will award Yellow Ribbon for half the remaining charges and the VA will match the other half of the charges, up to $10,000 per year for undergraduates and $2,000 for graduate students. 

How does my financial aid interact with the Post 9/11 GI Bill®?

In general, only Title IV Federal Aid (Pell, SEOG, Direct loans, Perkins loans and PLUS loans) will not be affected by VA benefits in any way. In most cases, the student will be refunded Pell grant and student loans, or they will be applied to other expenses like room and board. Other state and institutional aid programs may be applied to room and board charges.

Other financial aid designated for “tuition and fees only” (Guard and Reserve Tuition Assistance, Purple Heart Waiver, UT scholarships and grants and ROTC scholarships) will be applied to a student’s tuition charges before VA benefits. The remaining tuition and fees charges will be paid by the VA and/or Yellow Ribbon (if eligible). The student should not expect any refund of VA benefits, Tuition Assistance, Purple Heart Waiver, UT scholarships/grants or any other financial aid source designated for “tuition and fees only.”

How does my ROTC scholarship interact with the Post 9/11 GI Bill®?

The military is considered the “first payer.” As such, if you are a UT student receiving a scholarship under ROTC, Navy ROTC or Air Force ROTC, the military will pay your tuition and fees based on the amount of your ROTC scholarship, and the VA will pay the remaining tuition balance, if any. You will be eligible to collect both the book stipend and the monthly housing allowance, according to your GI Bill.

Can I take summer classes while using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®?

Yes, you will continue to receive the same tuition and fees benefits while studying in the summer. You will continue to receive MAH/BAH according to your “rate of pursuit.” Students enrolled half time or less during a summer term will not receive the MHA/BAH for that term.

What is the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship?

Public Law 111-32, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (CH 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001. The benefit is effective Aug. 1, 2009; the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect. Eligible children attending school may receive up to $23,671.94 to attend a private school, plus the monthly housing allowance and book allowance under this program. The Yellow Ribbon Program does not apply to students eligible for the Fry Scholarship if they attended terms that began prior to Aug. 1, 2018.

How are payments made?

The VA pays to The University of Tampa the tuition benefit, mandatory academic fees and Yellow Ribbon (if eligible). The VA pays to the student the book stipend and the housing allowance.

When will the payments be made?

The timing of payments is dependent on the date of the Enrollment Certification and the volume of benefits claims being processed by the VA. The book stipend should be received around the beginning of the term. The housing benefit is paid at the end of each month for the month that was just completed. Your first payment of every term will come at the beginning of the second month of classes.

How much will I get paid directly for books and housing?

What is your eligibility percentage based on your COE?

100% 90% OR LESS
HOUSING HOUSING
The MHA/BAH is prorated based on “rate of pursuit.” Students less than full time but more than half time, will receive a MHA/BAH for a percentage of the full amount. For example: an undergraduate student taking nine or ten credits will receive about 80% of the MHA/BAH monthly rate.
Students at half time or less will not receive a MHA/BAH.
The MHA/BAH is prorated by both eligibility level and “rate of pursuit.” First, you will only receive a percentage of the MHA/BAH based on your eligibility level. Second, students less than full time, but more than half time, will receive a MHA/BAH for a percentage of the prorated amount. For example: a 90% student taking nine or ten credits will receive 90% of the MHA/BAH rate (based on eligibility percent), and then 80% of the remaining amount based on "rate of pursuit."
Students at half time or less will not receive a MHA/BAH. 
BOOKS BOOKS
The book stipend is prorated and paid on a term-by-term basis. The VA pays approximately $41 per credit, per term and only up to $1,000 per year. The book stipend will be prorated based on your eligibility percentage. For example: at 90%, you may receive “up to” $900 for the academic year, or about $37 per registered credit hour.

Do I have to pay my tuition ahead of time?

Check your COE or Ebenefits account to find your eligibility percentage. 

100% (automatically includes Yellow Ribbon eligibility) 90% or less (no Yellow Ribbon at this eligibility level) 
TUITION AND FEES TUITION AND FEES
You will not be required to pay your tuition up front, although you may continue to receive a bill for other charges.

Please contact the Bursar at (813) 253- 6202 or bursar@ut.edu to determine if you have other charges not covered by your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Otherwise, your entire tuition and fees charges will be covered under a combination of CH 33 tuition, fees, and Yellow Ribbon benefits.
You should plan to pay the portion of your tuition and fees not covered by your VA benefits up front by the published deadlines. To determine your costs, multiply $23,671.94 x your eligibility percentage. The VA will pay out up to that amount, and you will be responsible for all other charges.
ROOM AND BOARD ROOM AND BOARD
If you are living on campus, then you must pay your room and board charges up front and by the published deadlines. Contact the Bursar to determine your room and board charges. If you are living on campus, then you must pay your room and board charges up front and by the published deadlines.  Contact the Bursar to determine your room and board charges.


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