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Veteran Affairs Educational Benefit Programs at Belmont

Each student's VA eligibility, benefits, and educational goals may differ. Students utilizing education benefits, who have been determined by the VA as eligible for more than one VA chapter or education benefit, are responsible for personally researching and determining which education chapter is the best option based on personal choice. Neither the Department of Veteran Affairs, nor Belmont’s School Certifying Official can make this determination.


Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon Program - Chapter 33

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the most comprehensive education benefit package since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944. The Post-9/11 GI-Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001. Click HERE to learn more about or apply for this benefit.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is available to students with 100% eligibility under the Post 9/11 GI-Bill. This program makes additional funds for tuition an fees available for your education after the IHL Cap is reached without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. Click HERE to learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship is a program which provides benefits to the children and surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001. Click HERE to learn more about the Fry Scholarship.


Post 9/11 GI Bill® Tuition/Fee Payment Rates:
Institutions of Higher Learning Maximum Tuition & Fee Reimbursement per Academic Year for Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)**
Calendar Year: 2019-2020
100%   $24,476.79
90%     $22,029.11
80%     $19,581.43
70%     $17,133.75
60%     $14.686.07
50%     $12,238.40  
40%     $9,790.72
**IHL Cap is utilized prior to use of Yellow Ribbon Program funds; per the Department of Veterans Affairs, Yellow Ribbon Program eligibility is only for those at 100% benefit level and for individuals not on Active Duty. 
VA will make payment directly to you as the student for the Book Stipend ($41.67 per credit hour, once per semester) and Monthly Housing Allowance (paid at the end of each month you are enrolled in school and based on Belmont’s zip code and the Department of Defense’s E-5 w/ dependents payment rate for Basic Allowance for Housing). Both the Book Stipend and Monthly Housing Allowance will be prorated by the VA based on enrollment and benefit percentage-level. The Monthly Housing Allowance is also pro-rated for any months in which we are not it school a full month such as August/December and January/May. 


Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty – Chapter 30

This program provides benefits for veterans who enlisted or entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985 and meet eligibility requirements. Click HERE to learn more about or apply for this benefit.


Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve – Chapter 1606

This program provides benefits for members of the Selected Reserve and National Guard who enlisted, re-enlisted, or extended their enlistment for a period of six years after July 1, 1985. Click HERE to learn more about or apply for this benefit.

W.A.V.E. – Web Automated Verification of Enrollment

Beneficiaries of the Montgomery GI BIll-Active Duty – Ch. 30 and Montgomery GI Bill- Selected Reserve – Ch. 1606 must verify their school enrollment monthly with the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to receive their payment.


Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) - Chapter 35

This program provides benefits for dependents or spouses of veterans. Click HERE to learn more about or apply for this benefit.


Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program - Chapter 31

The VetSucess program offers services (including education and training, vocational and personal counseling, financial aid, and job assistance) to veterans with service-connected disabilities as rated by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Click HERE to learn more about or apply for Vocational Rehabilitation abd Employment (VR&E) benefits.



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