If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program.
The transfer ability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows service members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Once the DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at the VA.
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for Chapter 33 educational benefits is to visit the vets.gov website. After receiving your Certificate of Eligibility letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, you must submit a copy in person or by e-mail to the Ball State Veterans Affairs and Support Office.
Each semester, Ball State School Certifying Officials will automatically verify your enrollment and schedule, then complete electronic certification to the Department of Veteran Affairs. Students should notify Ball State Veterans Affairs if they do not want to use available benefits. Tuition and fee payments will be remitted directly to the university. All other payments will be sent to the student via the address or direct deposit account on file with the VA.
Chapter 33 (Post 9/11): VA’s New Monthly Verification of Enrollment Policy
All students using Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) GI Bill Educational Benefits, who receive Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and/or kicker payments will be required monthly to verify their enrollment status monthly to continue receiving their payments.
WHAT IS ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION?
This is different from Ball State’s Veterans Affairs’ enrollment certification process before the beginning of each semester.
The new monthly enrollment verification is a Veteran Affairs requirement for Post 9/11 GI Bill students to certify that they have remained enrolled in the same courses the university has previously certified.
HOW DO I VERIFY ENROLLMENT?
Via Text Message (Easiest and fastest method):
- To opt-in contact the Education Call Center (ECC) at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to ensure the VA has your mobile phone number
- After opting-in, you can verify your enrollment by responding to a text message from the VA
- NOTE: the VA will never ask for your personal information, for example, social security number or bank account number via text
Via Education Call Center:
- Contact the Education Call Center (ECC) at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) and ask the representative to verify enrollment on your behalf
- NOTE: Wait times may be high due to the number of students verifying each month
- If you opt-out of text verification and later change your mind, or need to change your mobile number, call the ECC at 1-888GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)
FAILURE TO VERIFY ENROLLMENT:
If you fail to verify your information for two consecutive months, your monthly payments will be placed on hold. You will then have to take additional steps to verify your enrollment and have the payments released.
Learn more about the program.
If you are attending Ball State as a non-resident, tuition and fee costs will exceed allowable Chapter 33 benefits. The Department of Veteran Affairs, in conjunction with Ball State, makes additional funds available to those eligible under the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program. Ball State has limited numbers of slots available under the Yellow Ribbon Program, and they are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Learn more about the program.
Submit an application for the Ball State Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program.