Below is a quick snapshot of how the Department of Veterans Affairs processes Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the general eligibility requirements. To fully determine your eligibility for this benefit, please contact the Department of Veteran Affairs directly at (888) 442-4551.
Complete Veterans Affairs Paperwork
Go to the VONAPP website to fill out and submit the appropriate form to the Department of Veterans Affairs (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 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 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 VONAPP and submit it to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 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 Department of Veterans Affairs. 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.*
*Please note, if you plan on taking advantage of the Advanced Credit offered by Liberty University (Step 3 below), additional requirements may apply.
Submit PACCT to receive Advanced Credit
Liberty University is proud to offer a unique benefit, called Advanced Credit, for students using the Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill. Students who use this benefit are able to receive a projected credit on their student account before actual payment has been received from the VA. This allows you to complete Financial Check-In once your enrollment has been certified, without the burden of the full tuition payment being due.
In order to receive Advanced Credit, you must submit the Post-9/11 GI Bill Account Credit Contract (PACCT) in addition to one other VA document (can be the same document used to complete Step 2). Advanced Credit will automatically be applied for those students who have the qualifying documentation on file.
Please take note of the below policies. If you are not in compliance with the below, we will still certify your enrollment with the VA, but no Advanced Credit will be posted to your account:
We will certify all students whether you have met the requirements for Advanced Credit or not. If you choose to opt out of this step and not receive Advanced Credit, you will still need to complete Financial Check-In on time and make arrangements for the balance due. We will apply your GI Bill® credit to your account once payment has been received from the VA.
Certification and Financial Check-In
Once you have completed Steps 1 and 2, and you have enrolled in courses, the Office of Military Affairs will submit the enrollment certification (VA Form 22-1999) to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs within 3-5* business days. If you meet the requirements for Advanced Credit, we will also post a projected credit on your student account to match the amount to be covered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at that time.
Once your enrollment is certified and this credit is posted (if applicable), an e-mail confirmation will be sent to your Liberty University email address notifying that you are ready to complete Financial Check-In. Please see the Financial Check-In Guide for more information on this process.
*Processing time-frame may increase during peak enrollment periods.
VA Releases Funds
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will process the enrollment certification and will release funds for your tuition and fees to Liberty University. Once Liberty University receives the funds for your tuition and fees from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, we will post the funds to your student account and/or fully authorize the projected credit on your account.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will also release the funds for the books and the living stipend (BAH), if the student is eligible. The books stipend and BAH are paid directly to you based on the information given to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (i.e. address or bank information on VONAPP or application form).
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.
The effective date is the date you wish to start using your benefit. This date is listed on the original VONAPP application 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 2/1/2015 and the student started classes on 1/14/2015 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 remaining charges.
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.
E-Book Fees: When you sign up for a course that requires an e-book, you will see a corresponding course fee charged to your student account. Since the E-Book fee is not directly associated with tuition, the Post-9/11 GI Bill will not cover this fee. You may still qualify to receive the book stipend for courses that utilize e-books.
Exam Fees: The VA also offers the National Testing Program for approved reimbursement of certain examinations. You can find more information about this program here.
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 living stipend 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 training time 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.
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.
Liberty University typically receives the payment for courses approximately two weeks before the start date of the course. For online students, this is based per sub-term. Therefore, we would receive B term payments approximately two weeks before the B term start date and D term payments approximately two weeks before the D term start date. For questions regarding payment, please email VAFinance@liberty.edu.
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 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by going to the VONAPP 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.
Please see the policy for combining Tuition Assistance and Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits here.
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.