The “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008” is the most comprehensive education benefits package for veterans since the original GI Bill was enacted in 1944. Below you will find details on what the benefits package mean for you (a veteran, or spouse or dependent of a veteran) at Wisconsin’s private colleges.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. In Wisconsin, this amount is $673 per credit for the 2010-2011 academic year. If a college or university is participating in the voluntary Yellow Ribbon program, and the tuition and fees exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition or fees, additional funds (see “Yellow Ribbon Program” below) may be available, in some cases closing the gap completely.
This program will pay eligible individuals:
· tuition & fees directly to the school, not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition & fees at a public college or university ($673/credit in Wisconsin for the 2010-2011 academic year).
· a monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school.
· an annual stipend of $1,000 for books and supplies, paid proportionately based on enrollment.
· a one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals (see comparison chart for more information).
Colleges and universities that voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon agreement with the VA choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed in addition to Post-9/11 GI Bill funds. VA will match that amount and issue payment directly to the college or university. Benefits are payable for education pursued on or after August 1, 2009.
Yellow Ribbon Program benefits, where available, are in addition to the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (see above).
to see a chart of veterans’ benefits at Wisconsin’s private colleges and universities.
Click here to access the VA application form, which includes instructions for submitting completed applications.
For complete information on these programs, go to www.gibill.va.gov.