Below is a quick snapshot of how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) processes Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and its general eligibility requirements. To fully determine your eligibility for this benefit, please contact the VA directly at (888) 442-4551.
Complete Veterans Affairs paperwork
Go to the Vets.gov website to fill out and submit the appropriate Application for VA Education Benefits form to the VA (see below).
You may want to print a copy of this document for your records. To verify you have successfully submitted your form to the VA, a confirmation number will appear on the bottom of each page of the form you print out.
*Please be mindful of the effective date listed on the application.
Contact the Office of Military Affairs
Once you fill out the Application for VA Education Benefits and submit it to the VA, you will need to notify Liberty's Office of Military Affairs that you will be using your GI Bill benefits for your enrollment. We do not automatically receive this notice from the VA. To accomplish this step, we recommend you submit any one document from the following list to the Office of Military Affairs, or contact us directly to advise us of the benefit you will be using. Documentation is not required to set up your GI Bill with Liberty University, but it is encouraged to ensure the most accurate processing of your benefit.
GI Bill is processed
Once you have completed Steps 1 and 2, and you have enrolled in courses, the School Certifying Official (SCO) will process your GI Bill in a timely manner (please see the Processing Timelines section below). Your GI Bill will be processed for the number of credit hours in which you are enrolled, but for $0 tuition and fees. This will result in the payment of any housing allowance and supplies stipend you may be eligible to receive, but will prevent the payment of tuition and fees to the university. You are still able to change your classes without risk of accruing a debt for tuition and fees.
After the add/drop period of a given sub-term has been reached and you are no longer able to change your classes, we will process your GI Bill for actual tuition and fees for that specific sub-term. This will result in payment of tuition and fees to the university, which will be authorized to your student account. The VA typically releases payment one to two weeks after actual tuition and fees have been processed.
This practice is encouraged by the VA as it ensures payment of tuition and fees is not released until after the time has passed for you to change your classes. If this process were not followed, any changes made to your enrollment would likely result in a debt, and you would have to return GI Bill funding to the VA.
Complete Financial Check-In (FCI)
After your enrollment has been submitted to the VA, a confirmation email will be sent to your Liberty University email address. This email notifies you that your enrollment has been certified with the VA and you are ready to complete Financial Check-In (FCI). Please see the Financial Check-In Guide for more information on this process. FCI must be completed by the deadline corresponding with that sub-term of enrollment to secure your enrollment in the course(s).
Receiving Projected Credit in FCI: In order to assist students with completing FCI prior to the VA issuing payment for tuition and fees, Liberty University allows students to receive a projected credit of what the VA is expected to pay. This credit is projected based upon any documentation submitted to the Office of Military Affairs that indicates your percentage of eligibility and remaining entitlement (such as a Certificate of Eligibility, Statement of Benefits, or screenshot from eBenefits) and is posted at the time your certification is submitted to the VA. For students who have not yet received or have access to this documentation, you may submit a copy of the "Eligibility Statement" document found on our website, along with a copy of your Application for VA Education Benefits, to self-report this information and receive projected credit.
VA Releases Funds
The VA typically releases payment one to two weeks after the actual tuition and fees have been reported to the VA. This occurs after the add/drop period for each sub-term. Once Liberty University receives the funds for your tuition and fees from the VA, we will post the funds to your student account and/or fully authorize the projected credit on your account.
The VA will also release the funds for the books and the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA), if the student is eligible. The books stipend and MHA are paid directly to you based on the information provided to the VA on the Application for VA Education Benefits form (i.e. address or bank information).
Keep the VA Updated on Any Changes
You are required to keep the Department of Veterans Affairs updated on any changes made to your benefit. Such changes include but are not limited to:
Failure to maintain the accuracy of this information with the VA may result in delayed or denied payment from the VA.
The Book Stipend will pay up to $1,000 per year (100% eligibility) and will be paid out in increments based on the amount of credit hours pursued and the percentage of eligibility. The book stipend is paid in a lump sum to the student directly once the enrollment certification has been processed by the VA. Please see Post-9/11 Pay Rates for more information on specific book stipend pay rates.
In order for all classes to be processed for the GI Bill, they must be applicable to the Degree Completion Plan (DCP). If any of your classes are not applicable to the DCP, Liberty University will be unable to process that course for GI Bill benefits. By not having a class processed under the GI Bill, you will be responsible for paying any tuition and fees associated with the course yourself. Furthermore, if you are eligible for a housing allowance, you may have the payment reduced or not paid at all. Lastly, you will not receive any books and supplies stipend associated for the course.
The effective date is the date you wish to start using your benefit. This date is listed on the original Application for VA Education Benefits form (22-1990 or 22-1990E). The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will only pay for courses after this date. For example, if the student’s effective date is listed as 2/1/2019 and the student starts classes on 1/14/2019 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will not pay for the dates 1/14 to 1/31. Therefore the student will be responsible for the associated charges for those days.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill will only cover fees that are directly associated with tuition and attendance at the University. For example, the Activity Fee and Class Fees can be covered. However, fees that are not required are not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Some of these fees include: Parking Registration Fee, Library Fees, and Monthly Printing Charges.
Online Content Fees: If a course includes electronic resources, you will see a corresponding online content fee charged to your student account. This fee is waived for students enrolled in an undergraduate online program, but if you do not qualify for a waiver, the Post-9/11 GI Bill may be used to cover this fee.
Exam/Certification/Licensing Fees: The VA offers the National Testing Program for approved reimbursement of certain examinations. Reimbursement for Licensing and Certification test costs may be available as well.
Active Duty Service members and their spouses are not eligible to receive the housing stipend. Children dependents of Active Duty service members are eligible.
Eligible students attending more than 1/2 time may qualify for a Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) equal to the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) amount payable to E-5 with dependents in the 24515 zip code. Students attending at least one course in a residential setting, with a combined rate of pursuit of more than 1/2 time, may qualify for the full housing stipend, to be paid according to the percentage of eligibility. Individuals enrolled in all online courses will be eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowances for Housing, to be paid out according to the percentage of eligibility. See Pay Rates for the current housing pay rates.
Payments are issued at the beginning of each month for training that occurred during the previous month. For example, assuming timely certification of enrollment by the school and timely processing by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, payments for training taken in January will be issued by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in February. Payments are made retroactively and only for the days actually attended, so if the term starts in the middle of January, the payment received in the beginning of February will be pro-rated accordingly. The first full payment would be issued in March for the month of February.
Upon registration in courses and the submission of all needed documentation, the School Certifying Official (SCO) will initially report $0 in Tuition and Fees to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) until after the add/drop period of a given sub-term. This practice has been requested by the VA to ensure no further changes will be made to the student's enrollment and the tuition and fees reported are accurate before the VA begins releasing payment for tuition and fees. This significantly reduces the risk of a change in enrollment causing the student to owe a debt to the VA or Liberty University.
The initial certification for $0 in Tuition and Fees will not impact the book and supplies stipend or the monthly housing allowance (if applicable). The number of credit hours enrolled will still be reported to allow the VA to issue payments for the book and supplies stipend and monthly housing allowance without delay.
Once the student's tuition and fees are finalized after the add/drop deadline, the SCO will submit the certification for actual tuition and fees to the VA, requesting payment. Once the VA releases payment (typically 1-2 weeks), this payment will be processed to your account.
Please be aware that all of the following must be true in order for us to accurately certify your cost and credit hours to the Department of Veterans Affairs:
- You must be registered for all courses. Upon registration for courses, the student’s account will be reviewed in as timely a manner as possible, per the timeline information below.
- The course must be applicable to the Degree Completion Plan (DCP). If any of your enrolled courses are not applicable to the DCP, the certifying official will be unable to certify that course for associated tuition and fees, the books and supplies stipend, or the monthly housing allowance. Any other applicable courses will still be certified as usual.
Processing Timelines: The processing time for the GI Bill is typically 3-5 business days after enrollment in courses. However, this may not be consistent for a future semester when the current semester is still active, as the current semester's processing will take priority. As soon as all students have been processed for the current semester, the Office of Military Affairs will be able to prioritize the future semester. This typically occurs two weeks after the start of the current semester’s D sub-term. After that point, students should expect their courses for the future semester to be reviewed within 3-5 business days.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay up to the established yearly cap in tuition for individuals that are 100% eligible. Please review the Pay Rates information for the current tuition cap.
If you are a current member of the Armed Forces, the Department of Defense (DoD) may offer you the opportunity to transfer benefits to your spouse or dependent children. The DoD is responsible for determining eligibility for transfer of entitlement. The law provides that an individual must have served at least 6 years in the Armed Forces and agrees to serve a minimum of 4 more years. For transfer of entitlement for dependent children, the service member must have served at least 10 years and still be currently serving.
In order to transfer benefits to a dependent the following steps must be taken:
The service member must go to the DoD transferability website to determine if their dependent(s) are eligible to receive the transferred benefits. This website is only available to military members.
Upon approval, the dependent may apply to use transferred benefits with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by going to the Vets.gov website and filling out the 22-1990e (Step 1 above). The VA Form 22-1990e should only be completed and submitted to Liberty University by the dependent after the DoD has approved the request for Transfer of Education Benefits on the DoD website.
For information on stacking Tuition Assistance and Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, please see our Tuition Assistance & Veterans Benefits policy on the Veterans Benefits landing page.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.