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Chapter 33

The Post 9/11 GI Bill includes multiple categories of eligibility.  The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides expanded benefits for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001. The Post-9/11 GI Bill became effective on August 1, 2009.  Veterans who contributed to the Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill and Reservists who have been called to Active Duty service may have eligibility for the Post 9/11 AND other VA programs including Ch. 30, 1606, and 1607. 

Students will need to carefully consider all options before deciding which program to utilize before making an application for benefits. For more assistance visit the GI Bill comparision tool page. (Link)

For detailed information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill you may also call 1-888-GI-BILL-1.


For  active duty, mobilized reservists, AGR, or dependents with a "Transfer of Entitlement" and certain Public Health Service employees/dependents

  • Only fill out an application for the GI Bill once through VONAPP
  • You will be asked for an effective date of benefits. Make sure this date is prior to start of the semester. This date should also be after the semester in which you last used any other GI Bill benefits
  • At the end of your application, you will have an opportunity to upload documents in support of your claim. Uploading your documents at this itme will help reduce the the amount of time needed for the VA to approve your claim.  Documents must be under one megabyte in size. If you do not upload the documents during your application, you will need to fax or mail them to the VA. (VA fax: 314-552-9741).
    • Upload your DD214, Member 4 copy                
    • (National Guard/Reservists only) Upload any Title 32 orders (ADSW, ADOS, etc.) as these may help to increase your percentage after your initial award for active duty service               
    • (Dependents only) This is not required, but could save you time, upload the page from DoD that shows the benefits were transferred to you
  • Upon completing the application and document uploads, submit your application. Be sure to write down your "reference number"
  • Print a copy of your application for your records
  • The benefit approval process can take up to three months. If/when approved, the VA will send you a Certificate of Eligibility. You are required to bring your Certificate of Eligibility to the Minot State Veteran Center office Admin 152.  The VA does not contact MSU about your benefits; you will be the first to know. If you have any questions about the status of your claim, you will need to call the VA at 888-442-4551 or submit a question online at

Transfer of Post 9/11 GI-Bill Benefits to Dependents

Note: You must still be currently serving in order to make the initial benefits transfer. Amount of months can be modified after you separate from the service by contacting the VA.

Active Duty Service Members who meet certain criteria may transfer eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill to spouses or dependent children
Submitting a transfer request

If you would like to transfer unused GI Bill benefits to your spouse or dependents, please visit the Department of Defense website for additional information (link).

Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits include three kinds of benefits:

  1. Tuition and fee benefits, which will be paid directly to MSU.
  2. Housing stipends, which are based on the current rate of pay for an E5 with dependents in our Zip Code, paid directly to the student.
    • Housing stipends are not paid for students enrolled at half time status or less
    • Housing stipends are not paid for spouses of active duty service members
    • Housing stipends Students attending 100% of their courses online will be eligible for a stipend equal to half of the stipend they would get for being enrolled in campus based courses
  3. Book allowance, up to $1000 per year, paid proportionally by term directly to the student at approximately the same time that the tuition/fee benefit is paid to MSU.

Students may not receive Chapter 33 tuition and fee benefits for classes that they are also using other forms of federal tuition assistance for. 

Students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill must report to the VA Certifying Official plans to use military Federal Tuition Assistance, MyCAA, ROTC, or any other federal tuition assistance program. 
(Federal Title IV Student Financial Aid Programs are excluded.)    

After you are certified for benefits

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) students can expect:

  • An email from the VA to the email address you provided confirming your certification within 1-3 business days.  This will indicate the number of units certified.  Contact the Minot State Veteran Center if the units certified are not correct.
  • To begin receiving your Housing Allowance and Book Stipend within 2-3 weeks.
  • The VA to transmit your tuition and fee payments directly to the University within 4-6 weeks.
  • The University to credit your account for the tuition and fee payment within 5-7 business days after receipt from the VA.
  • An email “Notification Letter” to the email address you provided from the Financial Aid Office notifying you that the funds have been received.

Chapter 33 GI Bill of Rights