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GI BillĀ® Method of Payment

After your VA application is submitted and your school certification is sent by SFCC veteran's coordinator, you are awarded a certain amount of money per month. This monthly amount is actually broken down into a daily rate based on a 30-day month. (For example, if you are awarded $300 per month you are paid $10 per day.) The first month and last month you attend school will have prorated amounts. (For example, if classes begin September 18, you are eligible for 13 days of payments for September, or $130. If the school year ends June 16, your last check would consist of 16 days' pay for June, or $160.).

The amount you are awarded is based on how many credits you take.

Credit-to-Benefit Values

Fall - Spring Quarters

Summer Quarter

12 credits = full-time benefits

8 credits or more = full-time benefits

9-11 credits = 3/4-time benefits

6-7 credits = 3/4-benefits

6-8 credits = 1/2-time benefits

4-5 credits = 1/2-time benefits

Benefits Chart

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

Individuals serving an aggregate period of active duty after 9/10/01 of:

Percentage of maximum benefits payable (Books at 100% = $1,000 maximum per year):

At least 36 months.

100% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books.

At least 30 continuous days and discharged due to service-connected disability.

100% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books.

At least 30 months; less than 36 months.

90% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books.

At least 24 months; less than 30 months.

80% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books. (Excludes service on active duty in entry-level and skill training.)

At least 18 months; less than 24 months.

70% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books. (Excludes service on active duty in entry-level and skill training.)

At least 12 months...less than 18 months.

60% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books. (Excludes
service on active duty in entry-level and skill training.)

At least 12 months...less than 18 months.

50% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books (Excludes service on active duty in entry-level and skill training.)

At least 90 days...less than 6 months.

40% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books. (Excludes service on active duty in entry-level and skill training.)

For additional information on all chapters, check Pay Rates, here.

Tuition Waivers

Other veterans whose tuition and fees are not paid directly by the VA may be eligible to receive a 20 percent tuition waiver. In order to qualify the student must complete the application for federal/state financial aid.

  • The FAFSA Application determines a student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC).

  • The Financial Aid Office determines a student’s unmet need based on their EFC.To qualify for the 20 percent tuition waiver, the veteran student must have $500 or more in unmet need.

If you have questions, contact the SFCC Financial Aid Office in Building 17.