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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

The Post 9/11 GI Bill, also referred to as Chapter 33, offers veterans who have served after September 10, 2001 a chance to pursue higher education. This comprehensive educational benefits package was made available as of August 1, 2009. Visit the GI Bill Web site for information on eligibility.

Who qualifies?

Those having served at least 90 days of continuous active duty after 9/10/01; or Those having served at least 30 days of continuous active duty after 9/10/01 discharged due to a service-related disability.

How much will a veteran receive from the federal government?

The amount of financial assistance is dependent upon the state in which the particular institution or program is located. The amount made available to an individual is capped at the highest in-state, undergraduate tuition & fees rate. A veteran’s length of active duty service after September 10, 2001 determines the benefit eligibility as follows:

  • 100% - At least 36 months
  • 100% - At least 30 continuous days and service-connected disability discharge
  • 90% - At least 30 months
  • 80% - At least 24 months
  • 70% - At least 18 months
  • 60% - At least 12 months
  • 50% - At least 6 months
  • 40% - At least 90 days

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Veterans who have served a minimum of 36 months of active duty after September 10, 2001 are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. This program enhances your educational benefits by covering tuition and fees at higher-cost institutions. As a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, LIU Brooklyn will pay up to $2,000 per year to help you meet any costs that exceed those that are covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs will match this amount. In virtually all cases, the full cost of undergraduate tuition and expenses are covered through this program. Visit the GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program website for information on eligibility.

Are there any additional benefits aside from tuition assistance?

Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, veterans may receive a monthly housing stipend determined by the zip code of the chosen institution of higher learning. However, those enrolled at a half-time status, enrolled solely in an online program, and individuals currently on active duty are not eligible to receive the housing allowance, although they still receive tuition assistance. Participants will also receive up to $1,000 per academic year to help cover the costs of books, supplies, and any additional fees. Active duty members do not qualify for the stipend.

In addition, we offer help with childcare, housing, tutoring, study skills, and have a vast array of campus activities, community programs, and non-traditional student networking. For more information on our new residence facility for graduates and veterans, please call 718-488-6012 or visit our link at www.liu.edu/Brooklyn/StudentLife/ResLife/Grad-Apt.

For how long are individuals entitled to the benefits?

Generally veterans are entitled to 36 months of the educational benefits. Individuals who elect to enroll in Chapter 33 after previously receiving benefits from the Montgomery Bill (Chapter 30) are only entitled to the number of months they had remaining under Chapter 30.

Do educational benefits expire?

Yes, veterans must utilize their benefits within 15 years of the date of discharge or release from active duty of at least 90 consecutive days.

Are non-matriculated students eligible?

No, veterans must be enrolled in a degree program in order to use these educational benefits. Those who are non-matriculated or who are auditing a class are not eligible for Ch. 33 or Yellow Ribbon funds.

Will LIU Brooklyn recognize my military educational experience?

Yes. As a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, LIU Brooklyn recognizes transfer credits from your military education and other colleges and universities. LIU Brooklyn offers up to 24 transferrable credits to service members for military training and experience. Additional credit transfers will be considered contingent upon advanced military experience. Degree offerings include Management, Health Science and Journalism, just to name a few. Our Online Portfolio for Adult Learners (Project OPAL) provides the conduit through which transfer credits for military service are considered. Also, we offer a special veterans section of our COOP I course that specializes in preparing veterans for internships and the civilian workforce. In addition to assisting with resume writing, the class covers Veterans Preference and other veterans’ benefits. A grant for full-time veterans covers the cost of the course. For a preliminary transfer credit evaluation, contact any member of our Veterans Task Force listed below:

By maximizing your prior learning, college and life experience, you can complete your degree in an environment geared toward adult learners at Long Island University. Our Adult Degree Completion Program will help you reach your dream by providing you with substantial institutional aid, flexible payment plans, career-oriented opportunities, online career assistance, one-on-one help with academic advisement, external scholarships, Campus employment prospects, online academic support, and tutoring. With a guided seminar course to earn credit for life experience (Project OPAL) will bring you that much closer to your dream: www.liu.edu/Brooklyn/Admissions/degreecompletion.

Does LIU Brooklyn have veteran- and military-friendly policies?

Yes. Veteran-friendly payment policies allow you to defer tuition payment to the University while awaiting payment from the VA. Furthermore, Brooklyn has deployment/redeployment policies in place to support students who are called to active duty during a semester already in progress.