SNHU is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. There is no student enrollment cap for those participating in this program. Please visit the VA website for further information on the Yellow Ribbon program.
Applicants who are interested in discovering what benefits they are allowed through the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon program please follow the steps below:
- Go directly to the VA website and apply for education benefits.
- VA will process your application.
- VA will send you a Certificate of Eligibility stating your Chapter benefits and the percentage of benefits.
- You must send a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to SNHU.
Please read your Certificate of Eligibility carefully to know what educational benefits you are entitled to receive.
Veterans who have served after 9/11 can opt to use the current MGIB, but cannot change once they've started. Those that have used some, but not all, of their MGIB-AD Active Duty entitlement may opt to use the Post-9/11 GIB for the remaining months of entitlement.
Those that have not, fall under the previous Montgomery GI Bill program.
Meet one of the following:
- Active Duty service members who have served more than 90 days after September 10, 2001;
- Retired and separated service members who have served on active duty more than 90 days after September 10, 2001;
- Service members and Reserve and National Guard members who have been activated for more than 90 days after September 10, 2001 or (See chart A)
- Service members who were discharged after completing a minimum of 30 consecutive days of qualifying service after September 10, 2001 and who the VA determined were discharged for a service-connected disability (See chart B)
Comparison of Post-9/11 GI Bill
While the Post-9/11 GI Bill may be a better solution than any other education benefit program for some veterans, there are other factors that should be considered when choosing the best VA education benefits.
To compare the benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the MGIB-AD, visit: GI Bill Benefit Comparison
What are the Benefits?
Meet one of the following:
- Direct payment to schools.
- Tuition benefits up to the highest cost in-state tuition for undergraduate programs.
- Housing allowance.
- Book stipend.
- May be transferred to Military Family members.
For some (depending on existing state benefits, scholarships, fellowship, and other tuition opportunities) it might be beneficial to stay with the MGIB.
GI BILL Benefit Levels
- Veterans must have discharged under honorable conditions.
The benefit level is based on the individual's length of qualifying service:
- 36 months or more will receive 100% tuition benefits
- 30 days consecutive service and discharged for service-connected disability will receive 100% tuition benefits
- 30-36 months receive 90% tuition benefits
- 24-30 months receive 80% tuition benefits
- 18-24 months receive 70% tuition benefits
- 12-18 months receive 60% tuition benefits
- 6-12 months receive 50% tuition benefits
- 3-6 months receive 40% tuition benefits
Monthly housing allowance and the books and supplies stipend are reduced in the same manner as the tuition benefits.
The following types of active duty time do not qualify toward the service eligibility requirements:
- NOAA, PHS, or Active Guard Reserve time under title 32 ROTC and Service Academy contract period
- Service terminated due to defective enlistment agreement
- Service negotiated for loan repayment
- Entry level and skill training (for those serving less than 24 months of active duty service)
What are the Challenges?
Veterans who study half-time or less, or are enrolled in a distance education program are eligible for only the tuition benefits.
- http://www.gibill.va.gov/ to determine if a school's programs are approved.
- It could take three months before you receive your first check if you are enrolling for the first time under the Montgomery GI Bill. If you transfer from another institution where you had been using VA benefits, make sure the institution notifies the VA of your effective date of termination.
- Complete VA for 22-1990 (Application for Education Benefits). This can be mailed to the office listed on the application or filed online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp. You must also include a copy of your DD 214 and NOBE.
- If you have used the GI Bill at another institution, you will also need to complete VA 22-1995.
The Department of Veterans Affairs requires strict compliance with several regulations, including maintaining satisfactory academic progress and notification of any changes in status such as withdrawal from a course. It is your responsibility to be aware of all VA regulations that affect your educational program.
- Benefit increase, as of August 2008, to $1321 per month (from $1100).
- Apprenticeship program and vocational education up to $990.75 per month
Reserve Service Members
May still use MGIB-SR
- $317 monthly for up to 36 months to cover education expenses with a six year commitment to Selected Reserve or National Guard
- Apprenticeship & vocational programs up to $269.45
There are state programs also available that offer more options for Reservists and National Guardsman. These vary by state.