University of Southern Indiana

Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 GI Bill

Benefit Overview

USI is Proud to Offer In-State Tuition Rates for ALL Chapter 33 Recipients in addition to Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”).  See the VMFRC for information.

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill program is comprised of multiple payments. All payments and maximum amounts listed below are applicable to individuals eligible for the full benefit (100% eligibility tier).  The USI Semester VA Education Benefit Request Form must be processed prior to each semester attended; failure to do so will delay payment of your benefits.

The payment and maximum amounts listed will be prorated based on your eligibility percentage if you are not eligible for the full benefit. Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill you may receive:

Tuition and Fee Payments
Monthly Housing Allowance
Books and Supplies Stipend
One-Time Rural Benefit for Certain Veterans

Get the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty pamphlet (PDF).

Click Button Below to Apply for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Benefits

Apply for VA Educational Benefits

Click Button Below to Complete the USI Semester VA Education Benefit Request Form

NOTE: This is completed after you have applied, received and provided a copy of your VA Certification of Eligibility.  This form MUST be completed each semester you want to file a claim.

Semester Benefit Request Form

Available Benefits and Eligibility

Tuition and Fee Payments

Institutions of Higher Learning

If you are attending a public IHL as a non-resident student or a private IHL that is more expensive than the annual cap you may be eligible for extra payment under the Yellow Ribbon program.

You may qualify for in-state tuition rates if you live in the state where the school is located regardless of your formal state of residence. See our GI Bill Resident Rate Requirements website to learn more.

 You may also be eligible to receive:

Monthly Housing Allowance

Your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is generally the same as the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. Your MHA is based on the ZIP code for your school. MHA rate increases based on BAH increases are effective August 1 (the beginning date of the academic year). For more information about MHA increases or decreases click here.

There are some exceptions to MHA (see table below)

To research monthly housing allowance amounts please visit the GI Bill Comparison Tool and do a search for your school.

The housing allowance is paid at a percentage based on your training time. For more information click here.

MHA Rate Exceptions

Type of School MHA Rate
Foreign School $1,566.00
Schools in US Territories E-5 with dependents OHA Rate for school location
Exclusively Online Training (No Classroom Instruction) $783.00
Attending classes at ½ time or less NOT PAYABLE
Active Duty Trainee (or transferee spouse of service member NOT PAYABLE

Books/Supplies Stipend

A yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000.00 paid proportionately based on enrollment.


Rural benefit

A one time payment of $500 may be payable to certain individuals relocating from highly rural areas if they reside in a county with 6 persons or less per square mile (as determined by the most recent decennial census) and either:

  1. physically relocate at least 500 miles to attend an educational institution or
  2. travel by air to physically attend an educational institution if no other land-based transportation exists

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