Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

Eligible service members, spouses, and dependents may receive up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. The following payments may be available:

  • Tuition paid to the school
  • Monthly housing allowance paid to the recipient
  • Annual books and supplies stipend paid to recipient

How much a student receives in payments varies on enrollment at a public or private school, military status, and course registration each semester.

Learn more about the Post-9/11 chapter and review current payment rates.

Certification Process

To ensure an accurate certification and help avoid potential delays, be sure that the Registrar’s Office has a current Proof of Benefits on file. Please note that Georgetown University will only submit a certification without Proof of Benefits once and subsequent semesters require a letter to be on file.

To ensure enrollment and tuition information is up to date, certifications are typically sent 1-3 weeks prior to start of the semester. Once a certification has been submitted to the VA, an automated email will be sent to the student’s Georgetown email account with the update.

Once a student submits the BRF, the request will be evaluated by the Certification Team.

If you would like to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) please ensure that you indicate your intentions on the BRF.

The Office of Third Party Billing review the student’s request and will calculate the net tuition and fees. If a student is receiving tuition-specific scholarships, grants, employer aid, or Tuition Assistance, the School Certifying Official is required to deduct tuition specific aid from the tuition and fees reported to the VA. Note: Federal loans are not required to be reported to the VA.

The expected amount from the VA’s tuition benefits sent to Georgetown, if any, will be posted on the student’s Student Account as a memo item to act as a placeholder until the actual VA payment arrives. If the student is eligible for to receive Yellow Ribbon Program benefits, a memo for the VA’s payment will be placed onto the student’s account and Georgetown’s payment will post live to the student’s account.

If the student submits the BRF on or prior to 1 October for the Fall Semester and on or prior to 1 March for the Spring Semester, the memo will protect the student from late fees as the school waits for payment to be received. Please note that the memo process is a manual process once a the BRF has been processed and therefore, it can take a couple of weeks for the memo to reflect on a student’s account. If the VA payment is not expected to cover all of the billed charges on the account, the student must pay the remainder by the due date listed on the billing statement or set up a payment plan with the Office of Billing and Payment Services. The School Certifying Official will then submit a certification to the VA to specify the student’s credit hours, dates of enrollment, rate of pursuit, and tuition certified to the VA .

As long as there are no processing delays, the first housing allowance payment (if applicable) is sent directly to the student’s bank account the first week of the month for the previous month’s enrollment. As a reminder, the VA will only send applicable housing allowance payments for the specific dates you are enrolled in classes. The book stipend payment (if applicable) is sent directly to the student’s bank account between 2-4 weeks after a certification is submitted to the VA.