Chapter 33 Improvement Act
Chpt 33- Post 9-11 Improvement Act Changes
President Barack Obama signed the Chapter 33 Post 9-11 Improvement Act into law on January 4, 2011. The following changes are based on the Improvement Act.
Payable after October 1, 2011
Expands the Post-9/11 GI Bill to include Active Service performed by National Guard members under title 32 U.S.C. for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the National Guard; or under section 502(f) for the purpose of responding to a national emergency.
Effective August 1, 2011
- Simplifies the tuition and fee rates
- Pays all public school in-state tuition and fees;
- Private and foreign school costs are capped at $17,500 annually;
- Allows VA to pay MGIB (chapter 30) and MGIB-SR (chapter 1606) ‘kickers’, or college fund payments, on a monthly basis instead of a lump sum at the beginning of the term
- Prorates housing allowance by the student’s rate of pursuit (rounded to the nearest tenth)
- A student training at a rate of pursuit of 75% would receive 80% of the BAH rate
- Break or interval pay is no longer payable under any VA education benefit program unless under an Executive Order of the President or due to an emergency, such as a natural disaster or strike.
- This means that when your semester ends (e.g. December 15th), your housing allowance is paid for the first 15 days of December only and begins again when your next semester begins (e.g. January 10th) and is paid for the remaining days of January.
- Students using other VA education programs are included in this change. Monthly benefits will be pro-rated in the same manner.
- Entitlement that previously would have been used for break pay will be available for use during a future enrollment.
- Allows reimbursement for more than one “license or certification” test (previously only one test was allowed).
- However, entitlement is now charged
- Allows reimbursement of fees paid to take national exams used for admission to an institution of higher learning (e.g., SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT)
- Allows those who are eligible for both Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (chapter 31) benefits and Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) benefits to choose the Post-9/11 GI Bill‘s monthly housing allowance instead of the chapter 31 subsistence allowance.
- NOAA and PHS personnel are now eligible to transfer their entitlement to eligible dependents
Effective October 1, 2011
- Allows students to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill for -
- Non-college degree (NCD) programs: Pays actual net cost for in-State tuition and fees at public NCD institutions. At private and foreign institutions, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees or $17,500, whichever is less. Also pays up to $83 per month for books and supplies.
- On-the-job and apprenticeship training: Pays a monthly benefit amount prorated based on time in program and up to $83 per month for books and supplies.
- Flight programs: Per academic year, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school or $10,000, whichever is less.
- Correspondence training: Per academic year, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school or $8,500, whichever is less.
- Housing allowance is now payable to students (other than those on active duty) enrolled solely in distance learning. The housing allowance payable is equal to 1/2 the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents.
- The full-time rate for an individual eligible at the 100% eligibility tier would be $673.50 for 2011.
- Allows students on active duty to receive a books and supplies stipend.
For more information visit the Department of Veteran Affairs Website at http://www.gibill.va.gov/post-911/post-911-gi-bill-summary/Post911_changes.html