Military & Veteran Affairs

Post-9/11 GI Bill ®

The Post-9/11 GI Bill ®  may cover 100 percent of tuition for up to 36 months, as well as provide a housing stipend. This benefit may be transferred to eligible spouses or dependents if the service member is still on active duty.

Eligibility

A student may be eligible if the service member served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, and was:

  • Active duty
  • Honorably discharged from active duty
  • Retired from active duty or placed on the temporary disability retired list
  • Honorably released from active duty and transferred to the reserves
  • Title 10 active duty supporting named contingency operations
  • Title 32 service for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing or training the National Guard
  • Title 32 service under section 502(f) for the purpose of responding to a national emergency
  • Honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001

Eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill is 15 years from the last period of active duty of at least 90 consecutive days. If the service member was released for a service-connected disability after at least 30 days of continuous service, eligibility may be up to 15 years as well.

What is Covered?

The amount of the Post-9/11 GI Bill ® is based on the length of active duty service. Individuals serving an aggregate period of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, may have a maximum benefit of 100 percent.

After Sept. 10, 2001, if you served a certain number of months, you will receive the following:

  • 36 months: 100 percent of tuition and mandatory fees should be covered. You should also be eligible for the full Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and book stipend.
  • 30-35 months: 90 percent of tuition, book stipend, BAH and mandatory fees should be received.
  • 24-29 months: 80 percent of tuition, book stipend, BAH and mandatory fees should be received.
  • 18-23 months: 70 percent of tuition, book stipend, BAH and mandatory fees should be received.
  • 12-17 months: 60 percent of tuition, book stipend, BAH and mandatory fees should be received.
  • 6-11 months: 50 percent of tuition, books stipend, BAH and mandatory fees should be received.
  • 90 days-5 months: 40 percent of tuition, books stipend, BAH and mandatory fees should be received.
Tuition and Fees

Post-9/11 GI Bill ® benefits for tuition and mandatory fees are sent directly to FAMU.

Books

The Post-9/11 GI Bill ® book stipend is $1,000 per year for full-time students. That amount is reduced if you are not registered as a full-time student. Book stipends are sent directly to you.

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

The BAH is equal to the Basic Allowance for Housing payable to an E-5 with dependents in the same ZIP code as your school (32307). BAH is paid directly to students and will pay only for the dates of the term enrolled. For example, if the fall term begins on Aug. 26, you should be paid for 6 days of housing for the month of August.

BAH is also calculated by how many credits you are enrolled in. If you are enrolled in 12 undergrad credits (nine credits for graduate studies), you may receive 100 percent of the BAH. Any less is prorated and rounded. For example, being enrolled in nine credits for undergrad is 75 percent, which means that you may receive 80 percent of the BAH rate. Students enrolled below half time are not eligible for BAH, and graduate school rates do not recognize 3/4 time.

If the Service Member Is Still on Active Duty

Spouses and active duty students using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits will not receive the housing allowance, book stipend or kickers while the service member is still on active duty.

Dependents and the GI Bill ®

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, may be transferred to dependents if the service member is still on active duty and 100 percent eligible. The service member may have to serve additional years of service to meet the requirements.

To transfer your GI Bill benefits to a dependent so they can attend FAMU, you’ll need to initiate the process at eBenefits, and then your student will need to get certified and come to our Veterans Center.

Title 38 United States Code Section 3679(e)

 
In compliance with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, Florida A&M University will not impose any penalty, including but not limited to, the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, institutional facilities/resources, or require students to borrow additional funds for which interest or other charges are assessed, on any covered individual that is unable to meet his or her financial obligations because of a delayed disbursement of funds from the Veterans Administration (VA) for tuition payment under chapter 31 or 33. Effective July 1, 2019.
 
A covered individual is any individual entitled to educational assistance for tuition payment under chapter 31, Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E), or chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits who has submitted to Florida A&M University:
 
1. A certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance no later than the first day of a course of education (a “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the VA website –eBenefits, or VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes), and
2. FAMU's Request for certification of Veteran Benefits to declare the individual’s intent to use the benefits for the given semester, and
3. Payment for the remaining tuition and fee charges not covered by the anticipated VA tuition payment.

Students who need assistance with anything concerning their VA educational benefits should contact FAMU's Department of Military and Veteran Affairs at 850-412-5843 or veteranaffairs@famu.edu

Congressman C. W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program

Honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Reserve Forces, or the National Guard who physically reside in Florida while enrolled in the institution are eligible for a waiver of out-of-state fees. The veteran must present to the University a copy of the Department of Defense Form 214 (DD-214) and documentation as proof that the veteran physically resides in Florida. Military Dependents and Spouses are also eligible for this benefit only if they are receiving military benefits to support their educational expenses.

See "Steps for Submitting Documentation Through iStrike" for the link to the form

 

Active duty members of the United States Armed Forces residing or stationed outside of the state are eligible for a waiver of out-of-state fees. The student must submit a copy of their military ID card and current orders with the completed waiver application.

See "Steps for Submitting Documentation Through iStrike" for the link to the form

 

  • Go to   https://www.va.gov/ 
  • Then find Education Tab and click apply for benefits 

    Education Tab

  • Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click Find your education benefits form to apply for benefits

    VA benefits

  • After that click "applying for new benefit" and fill out the rest of the form and that will complete your benefits application 
  • Then you will have to wait 2 – 4 weeks for VA to send you Certificate of Eligibility 
  • Go to https://famu.campuslabs.com/engage/ 
  • Sign in with your iRattler information 
  • Search Department of Military and Veteran Affairs
     
    Apply through iStrike
  • Click New Student Submission Form and complete the form if you are submitting a Certificate of Eligibility and/or Copy of a DD-214 
  • Once you submit the information we ask for and FAMU will take it the rest of the way from there! 
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Military and Veteran Affairs

1735 Wahnish Way
Tallahassee, FL 32307
P:
(850)-412-5843
E:
veteranaffairs@famu.edu