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Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post- 9/11 GI Bill, also known as Chapter 33, is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001. If you are eligible for Chapter 33 benefits and any other GI Bill program, you must make an irrevocable election of the Post-9/11 GI Bill before you will receive any benefits.

Generally, the VA will pay a percentage of the student's tuition and fees directly to FDTC. The VA bases the percentage rate on the student's aggregate active duty service after September 10, 2001. The books and supplies stipend and kickers are paid in a lump sum directly to the student, if they qualify, at the beginning of the semester. The Monthly Housing Allowance is paid directly to the student at the beginning of the month for the previous month to eligible students as well.

For more detailed information about Chapter 33 benefits please visit: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp

How do I use my Chapter 33 benefits at FDTC?

If you have not received VA benefits before:

  • Complete an application and be accepted into FDTC
  • Apply for your VA benefits with VONAPP
  • Bring in a copy of your DD214: Member-4
  • Bring a copy of your schedule to the VA Office at FDTC
  • Bring in your Certificate of Eligibility when it is sent to you from the Regional VA Offices 

If you have received VA benefits before:

  • Complete an application and be accepted into FDTC
  • Update your school through VONAPP* or fill out a 22-1995
  • Bring a copy of your schedule to the VA Office at FDTC
  • Bring in your Certificate of Eligibility when it is sent to you from the Regional VA Offices 

If you are a continuing student at FDTC:

  • Bring a copy of your schedule to the VA Office at FDTC 

The veteran assumes full responsibility when registering for courses. Veterans will only be certified for VA benefits in courses that are required for graduation in their curriculum. Contact your advisor if you have questions concerning curriculum requirements. The student will be responsible for reimbursing the VA if an overpayment situation occurs.

Important Reminder

You must have a Certificate of Eligibility on file at FDTC's VA Office. Failure to provide a Certificate of Eligibility may cause a balance due on your student account or delay your financial aid refund. If you have misplaced your Certificate of Eligibility, please request a new one through the GI Bill Website, Ask a Question.

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