Chapter 33: Post 9/11 Bill  / Yellow Ribbon Program / OSU VA Advance

Maximum tuition and fees payable by the VA are based on the rate charged for an in-state resident student.

The payment amounts will be prorated based on your eligibility percentage if you are not eligible for the full benefit.

To learn more about required qualifications and the benefits provided, please visit the Post 9/11 GI Bill website or call the VA at 1 (888) GI-BILL-1.

Step One: To initiate your benefit or elect to switch to Chapter 33 benefits, you must submit an application to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

  • If you need to apply for your Department of Veteran Affairs(VA) educational benefits, you need to go to VA.GOV to complete your application.
  • If you have used your benefit perviously at another institution, you need to go to VA.GOV to complete a Change of Place of Training form.

Step Two: Provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the OSU Veteran Certifying Officials.

Step Three: Select a major (not UESP) by the time you reach junior standing (90-134 credits earned). The OSU Veteran Certifying Officials will certify your enrollment to the VA.

Benefits

The benefits paid directly to the student should arrive approximately the beginning of the month following the month you earned it. For example, if you start school in September, your first benefit is expected to arrive the beginning of October.

The benefits paid directly to the university should pay to the student account between week 4 and 6 of the term.

Tuition and Fees: These benefits are paid directly to the school in an amount not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition and fees at a public Institution of Higher Education.

Book Stipend:  An annual books and supplies stipend of $1,000 is paid to the student proportionately based on enrollment.

Monthly Housing Allowance:  This benefit is paid directly to the student.  

Resident:  A monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents will calculate MHA based on the location of the campus where the individual physically attends the majority of their classes.  A student’s MHA will no longer be based on the zip code of the facility the student is attending. It will be based on the zip code where the student physically attends the majority of their classes.

Distance:  Individuals enrolled completely in distance learning courses will be eligible for a MHA equal to 50% of the national average of all BAH rates.  If the student can take at least 1 resident credit that applies to their degree, their housing payment will based be based on the zip code of the facility the student is attending.  

The rates will be multiplied by the rate of pursuit (number of credits taken / number of credits considered full time and rounded to the nearest multiple of 10) to calculate the actual amount of benefit.

To obtain an estimate of what this payment might be, input the year, zip code of your school location, and an E-5 pay grade into the Department of Defense Basic Allowance for Housing Rate Query in order to obtain an estimate of what this payment might be.

Be aware, the VA has had issues with being able to process all the changes to the policy governing the housing allowance.  This has caused some students to be under paid, and some to be overpaid.  The VA is working on the issue, but if you are not receiving the allowance that you are eligible for or it is drastically different than the rate the you are due, contact the Veteran Certifying Officials.

If you are still in the military and on active duty, you will not receive the housing allowance. 

If you are an undergraduate student seeking your first Bachelor's Degree (post bac does not count) and receiving the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% rate you may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Under the Yellow Ribbon program, if your tuition exceeds the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition or fees, (such as attending in a nonresident status) additional funds may be available for your education program without an additional charge to your entitlement. For more information, please visit the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon webpage.

To apply to receive the Yellow Ribbon benefit, you will need to email the OSU Veteran Certifying Officials to verify your eligibility. If you are eligible, you will be identified internally and evaluated via the VA Certifying Officials. The funds are posted directly to your student account.

OSU has agreed to award $3,000.00 per academic year for up to 200 students. The VA will provide matching funds of up to $3,000.00 per student. The combination of the award from OSU and the VA matching funds equates to $2000 per term. This program does not apply for summer term, distance or e-campus courses.

Students who receive both Chapter 33, Post 9/11 VA Education Benefits, and Financial Aid may be eligible for an OSU program where the University helps accelerate the disbursement of financial aid money at the start of the term to help with books and living expenses.

 

Minimum Eligibility:

1.         Receiving Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.

2.         Receiving Financial Aid of $1,000 or more for the term.

3.         Accept financial aid award at least two weeks prior to the start of the term

 

Here’s how it works:

OSU temporarily advances 75% of the anticipated VA tuition benefit to the student’s account; this temporarily reduces the balance due; then financial aid is disbursed and any excess aid is paid to the student.  Once the term is underway, OSU reverses the temporary advance, and the student’s account balance reverts to the actual amount due. When VA funds are received by OSU, they are posted to the student’s account as usual to pay VA qualified tuition and fees. The temp advance will show on the student’s account as “OSU Advance of VA Funds” and the reversal as “Reverse OSU VA Advance”.  These offset each other, and reconciles the account.

 

Students eligible for the program will receive an email notification each term.

 

Stay up-to-date and check your student account at MyBill.oregonstate.edu 

 

Questions regarding your financial aid eligibility? Please contact financial.aid@oregonstate.edu.

Questions regarding your VA education benefits? Please contact veterans@oregonstate.edu.

Questions regarding your student account (separate from financial aid or VA education benefits)? Please contact studentaccountsevices@oregonstate.edu

Questions regarding your financial aid eligibility? Please contact financial.aid@oregonstate.edu.
Questions regarding your VA education benefits? Please contact veterans@oregonstate.edu.
Questions regarding your student account (separate from financial aid or VA education benefits)? Please contact studentaccountsevices@oregonstate.edu