Post 911 GIBILL 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 $19,198.31 towards tuition and mandatory fees in an award year (Aug. 1-July 30)
  • A monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an “E-5 with dependent” for the university’s zip code: 33606
    • BAH is prorated based on “rate of pursuit.”
    • Active duty and students studying at half time or less will not receive a BAH.
    • Visit www.gibill.va.gov and follow the links for the Basic Allowance for Housing for more information.
  • An annual books and supplies 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.gibill.va.gov, click on “Apply for benefits,” then navigate to the VONAPP (Veterans Online Application). After reading the instructions and starting the VONAPP, select form 22-1990, the Application for 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: Send us your DD-214 (if separated) and your COE.
NO:
Send us a copy of your COE*.
YES:
Send us your DD-214 (if separated), your COE, AND make us a copy of your 22-1995.
YES:
Send us a copy of your COE AND a copy of your 22-1995.
*Don't have a COE yet? Send us your 22-1990E. Then send the COE when it arrives from the VA.

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 if I have not received my Certificate of Eligibility yet?

You may submit your 22-1990 application for benefits or DD-214 to get started while you wait for your COE to arrive.

What does the School Certifying Official do?

Your school certifying official (SCO) submits online form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification, to notify the VA that you are currently registered and attending classes. The SCO will certify your enrollment every term prior to the start of the term. The SCO will also monitor your enrollment and report changes in enrollment to the VA. Changes in enrollment may result in adjustments in your benefits payout.

HOW DO I TRANSFER My GI BILL BENEFITS FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL?

Visit www.gibill.va.gov, click on “Apply for benefits,” then navigate to the VONAPP (Veterans Online Application), and submit Form 22-1995 – Change of Place of Training Form. Make a copy of the 22-1995 for your new certifying official at UT.

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

Any student who is 100% eligible for the Post 9/11 GI BILL automatically receives Yellow Ribbon funds. No additional application is required. UT’s Yellow Ribbon contribution for 2013-2014 is designed to cover most or all tuition and fees for eligible students. For the 2013-2014 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 2013-2014 GI BILL tuition benefit of $19,198.31 has been exhausted. After the VA has paid out $19,198.31 in tuition 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, FSAG, 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 books 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 BAH according to your “rate of pursuit.” Students enrolled half time or less during a summer term will not receive the 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 $19,198.31 to attend a private school, plus a monthly living stipend and book allowance under this program. The Yellow Ribbon Program does not apply to student eligible for the Fry Scholarship.

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 books 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. A student receiving benefits under CH33 should not expect to receive the books stipend or housing allowance prior to the start of school. 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. These benefits are meant to subsidize your up-front and out-of-pocket expenses. Please plan ahead!

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
Starting Aug. 1, 2011, the BAH is prorated based on “rate of pursuit.” Students less than full time but more than half time, will receive a BAH for a percentage of the full amount. For example: an undergraduate student taking nine or ten credits will receive about 80% of the BAH monthly rate.
Students at half time or less will not receive a BAH.
The BAH is prorated by both eligibility level and “rate of pursuit.” First, you will only receive a percentage of the BAH based on your eligibility level. Second, students less than full time, but more than half time, will receive a BAH for a percentage of the prorated amount. For example: a 90% student taking nine or ten credits will receive 90% of the 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 BAH. 
BOOKS BOOKS
The books 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 books 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 UT TUITION AHEAD OF TIME?

What’s your eligibility percentage based on your COE? 

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 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 CH33 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 $19,198.31 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.