Post 9/11 GI Bill® Information

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Post-9/11 GI Bill® Benefits

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is an education benefit program for veterans who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is considered the most comprehensive education benefit package since the original GI Bill® was signed into law in 1944.

Colorado Christian University is pleased to be a participating university, offering significant benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program. Specific information regarding Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits, qualifications, and more can be found on the official VA website. Please visit the VA’s website at Forever GI Bill® for more information on the impact to benefits of the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017.

Post-9/11 GI Bill® eligibility and benefits for adult and graduate students

  • Post-9/11 veterans (served since September 11, 2001) are eligible.
  • Students who are eligible for both the Montgomery GI Bill® and the Post-9/11 GI Bill® must relinquish the Montgomery GI Bill® benefits to receive Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits.
  • For full benefits, veterans must have served on active duty for an aggregate of 36 months; if less than 36 months, benefits will be pro-rated.
  • CCU's certifying official will not determine a student's eligibility. The veteran student should contact the VA and their education officer to determine eligibility.
  • Veterans' benefits may be transferable to their dependents.
  • For the 2022-2023 academic year (August 1, 2022 - July 31, 2023), the Post-9/11 GI Bill® will pay tuition and fees up to $26,381.37 at Colorado Christian University.
  • The book stipend equals $41.67 per credit hour up to $1,000 per academic year, and is paid directly to the student.
  • The monthly housing allowance for students attending classes at a greater-than-halftime rate is determined by the VA.  CCU’s School Certifying Officials cannot determine how much housing allowance a student will receive. Students should contact the VA for more information regarding the GI Bill® benefit.
  • Tuition and fee payments made on behalf of the student will be issued to the school, not to the student.
  • Students receiving the Post-9/11 GI Bill® at the maximum benefit rate are not eligible for the active duty military tuition discount.

Yellow Ribbon Program Benefits

The Yellow Ribbon program is a benefit in which universities may agree to fund any tuition and fee costs that exceed the private school yearly maximum allowed by the VA of $26,381.37 for the 2022-2023 academic year. The VA will match each additional dollar the university contributes, up to 50% of the difference between the student's tuition and fee benefit and the total cost of tuition and fees. This benefit allows the returning Armed Forces veterans the opportunity to complete their higher education in the college or university of their choice. Visit the VA's Yellow Ribbon Program website for additional information.

Yellow Ribbon Program eligibility and benefits for adult and graduate students

  • Only veterans entitled to the maximum Post-9/11 benefit rate or their designated dependents may receive the Yellow Ribbon funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program. Dependent children may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100 percent rate.
  • At CCU, an unlimited number of students will be eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • For the 2022-2023 academic year (beginning August 1, 2022), students in CCU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies will receive up to $5,000 per year in CCU benefits, beyond the base VA fund, which will be matched dollar for dollar by the VA, for a total of $10,000 per year, to cover any tuition and fees incurred.
  • Post-9/11 benefits are applied to the student's tuition and fee expenses after all scholarships and grants have been applied, including the College Opportunity Fund award. GI Bill® benefits are not reduced by the amount of Pell Grant or Federal Direct Stafford Loans the student is eligible to receive.
  • The combined amount that CCU and the VA contribute toward student expenses may not exceed the student's full cost of tuition and fees.
  • The benefit is renewable each year the student maintains satisfactory academic progress, conduct and attendance.

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