What is the purpose of Chapter 33?

Chapter 33, The Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Who is eligible for Chapter 33?

You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, and you are still on active duty or

  • honorably discharged from the active duty;or
  • released from active duty and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list; or relates from active duty and transferred to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve;
  • or  released from the active duty for further service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces. You may also be eligible if you were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.

How do I apply for Chapter 33?

If you have decided to elect chapter 33 as your benefit- Submit "Application for VA Education Benefits" (VA Form 22-1990) and anything else available as evidence of qualifying service. You must check the appropriate box and agree to receive chapter 33 benefits in lieu of any other chapter of the GI-Bill.

What is the earliest date I can use Chapter 33?

Chapter 33 benefits may be paid for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.

How many months will I be entitled to Chapter 33?

You will receive 36 months of full time entitlement at your given rate. A Chapter 33 participant that previously used chapter 30 only is entitled to the remaining amount of chapter 30 benefits. For example, a student used 6 months of full-time GI-Bill chapter 30 benefits. If the student elects chapter 33, he/she will only be entitled to 30 months of Chapter 33.

Can I receive Chapter 33 with any other education benefit?

No, you must make an irrevocable election choosing which program you want your military service to count towards. You also cannot receive assistance under more than one VA Education program at one time.

Do I have to contribute $1200.00 to receive Chapter 33 benefits?

No. Unlike the MGIB- Active Duty (Chapter 33), service members do not have to pay anything to participate in Chapter 33. The only eligibility criteria are at least 90 aggregate days of service after Sept 11, 2001 under one of the qualifying operations.

If a student elects to finish his/her Chapter 30 benefits. The VA will authorize reimbursement of the $1,200 payment that was previously paid and also allow for an additional 12 months of chapter 33 benefits.

What does the Post-9/11 GI-Bill pay?

The payment rates are based on a tier chart which is based on the total amount of Title 10 Active Duty performed since Sept. 11, 2001.

At least 36 months of AD


At least 30 continuous days and discharged due to service-connected disability


At least 30 months < 36 months of AD

90 %

At least 24 months < 30 months of AD


At least 18 months < 24 months of AD


At least 12 months < 18 months of AD


At lease 6 months < 12 months of AD


At least 90 days < 6 months of AD

40 %

  • There are three payments that the Post-9/11 GI-Bill Pays based on the above tier chart.
  • Payment of Tuition and Fees - This payment is sent on behalf of the veteran student to the school
  • Payment of Books and Supplies - This payment is sent to the student. It is based on the number of credits the veteran student is taking. Max is $1,000 per year for 100% eligibility
  • Payment of BAH - This payment is sent to the student monthly. The zip code to be used is 19607. Amounts can be found http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/perdiem/bah.html.

How do I get additional information on Chapter 33?

  • Visit the G.I. Bill Web site at www.gibill.va.gov or call the toll-free number at 1-888-442-4551.

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