Student Veterans Center

Post 9/11 G.I. Bill - Chapter 33

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is the most common VA Education Benefit in use at Xavier. Eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill is determined by time in active duty service on or after September 11, 2001. 36 months of active duty service earns 100% of the benefit, but as little as 90 days of aggregated service can qualify a Veteran for 10%. When using this benefit the Student Veterans Center works directly with the VA to receive payment for tuition and fees. Students receive a book stipend and housing allowance at the end of each month that they are enrolled in classes. 


  1. Apply to Xavier University
  2. Apply for Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits, once your application has been approved by the VA, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by mail
  3. Upon being admitted to Xavier, schedule an appointment with the Veterans Advisor, Spencer Rumley, to schedule courses (undergraduate students only, graduate students should contact their program director or academic department for guidance on scheduling courses)
  4. Provide a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the Veterans Advisor, Spencer Rumley either by email or hand delivery (If you have previously used VA Education benefits at another university/college, please complete VA Form 22-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training, if you are switching from Vocational Rehabilitation to Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, please have your Vocational Rehabilitation counselor notify the St. Louis regional processing office that your Vocational Rehabilitation case has been closed)
  5. After you have scheduled courses, complete the VA Education Benefits Enrollment Request Form available on the Current Students page

Am I eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits?

You can get these education benefits if you meet at least one of the requirements listed below.

At least one of these must be true:

  • Served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service) on or after September 11, 2001
  • Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service
  • Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break in service) on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability
  • Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying Veteran or service member

Note: If you’re a member of the Reserves who lost education benefits when the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) ended in November 2015, you may qualify to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

What if I qualify for other VA education benefits too?

You’ll have to pick which benefit you’d like to use. This is an irrevocable decision, meaning you can’t change your mind.


You can receive up to 36 months of benefits, including:

  • Tuition and fees - If you qualify for the maximum benefit, the full cost of public, in-state tuition and fees is covered, the rate for private schools, such as Xavier University, is capped; those rates are updated each year
  • Money for housing - Your monthly housing allowance is based on the cost of living where your school is located.
  • Money for books and supplies - You can receive up to $1,000 per school year.

Determine how much of the benefit you’ll qualify for:

The specific amount you’ll receive will depend on how much active service you’ve had since September 10, 2001. This amount is calculated based on a percentage of the maximum benefit.

Do these benefits expire?

This depends on when you were discharged from active duty.

If your service ended before January 1, 2013, your Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits will expire 15 years after your last separation date from active service. You must use all of your benefits by that time or you’ll lose whatever’s left.

If your service ended on or after January 1, 2013, your benefits won’t expire thanks to a new law called the Forever GI Bill - Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act. Some letters you receive from us may not yet reflect this change. Thank you for your patience as we work to update our systems.


Learn more about the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill