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Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, which went into effect on August 1, 2009, includes education benefits, monthly housing stipends, and an annual stipend for books and school supplies.  This bill includes benefits for ROTC / Service Academy officers, and reserve and guard members who have been activated for more than 90 days since 9/11.

You can find out more specifics here, but basically ROTC and Service Academy officers (the majority of our Armed Forces Group) are eligible for benefits ONLY if you have served beyond your active duty service obligation (ie for ROTC scholarship officers, who owed four years of active duty, only time beyond those four years counts toward the Post 9/11 GI Bill). 

 

Percentage Benefits
- 100%: 36 or more total months

- 100%: 30 or more consecutive days with a Disability related Discharge
- 90%: 30 total months

- 80%: 24 total months
- 70%: 18 total months
- 60%: 12 total months
- 50%: 6 total months

- 40%: 90 or more consecutive days

Tuition Rates
For those veterans eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits, your tuition rates will be based on the highest Illinois in-state tuition.  You can find out exactly how much you are expected to receive here.  Understand that any benefits you receive will go towards Chicago Booth's expected cost of attendance, and you will only be able to take out loans on the balance.

Application Process
1) Apply for benefits online or by downloading the .pdf form and mailing it in.

2) Send a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility, or a copy of your DD-214 discharge paperwork to the university registrar's office in Building 103.  JoAnn Creviston  (773-702-7877, jcreviston@uchicago.edu) and Sheila Ervin (773-702-7891, sheilae@uchicago.edu)

3) The university website for veteran's services is here.

4) Once you submit your online form, the VA will mail you a "Certificate of Eligibility" outlining your benefits (ranging from 0% to 100%, with yellow ribbon eligibility).  You must submit this Certificate to the registrar's office, along with a filled out VA 22-1995 (which you will receive in the mail along with your Certificate of Eligibility).  The registrar's office will then submit these forms to the VA.

 

5) On the first day of the term, you will receive your VA disbursement through the school bursar.


Yellow Ribbon Program
Chicago Booth is a participating Yellow Ribbon School.  Under this program, five veterans are eligible to receive $15,000 in yellow ribbon money from the school, and the VA will match these funds.  Students are eligible for these funds on a first come, first serve basis, and can apply here

Note that only those students who are eligible to receive 100% of VA funds (see above -- you must have served 36 months BEYOND your active duty service obligation) are eligible for the yellow ribbon program.  This usually only applies to pilots, because most other veterans have not met the eligibility criteria.  You can find more information on yellow ribbon programs, benefits, and eligibility here.

 
 
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