Veterans

For the most comprehensive information on veterans at Columbia, please visit the Columbia Veteran Affairs website.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (the “GI Bill”) expands the educational benefits available to many veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001.  This new legislation, effective August 1, 2009, provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

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Benefits Payable

Students eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits will receive a percentage of the following benefits based on length of service:

  • tuition and fees, payable directly to the school, up to the highest in-state undergraduate tuition and fees (in New York state for the 2009-2010 academic year, these values are $1,010/credit hour and up to $12,697 in mandatory fees)
  • a monthly housing allowance, payable to the student, based on the Basic Allowance for housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school
  • a yearly books and supplies stipend, payable to the student, of up to $1,000

For example, if you are 100% eligible for the benefits payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and you are enrolled for 12 credits, the VA will pay $12,120 towards your tuition and cover up to $12,697 of your mandatory fees.  If you are 60% eligible for the benefits payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and you are enrolled for 12 credits, the VA will pay  $7,272 towards your tuition and cover up to $7,618.20 of your mandatory fees.  These payments will be transmitted directly to Columbia on your behalf.

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The Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program supplements the base benefits of this bill by allowing educational institutions to enter into dollar-for-dollar matching agreements with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Participation in this supplementary program is determined by Columbia's participating schools on a first-come, first-serve basis and is available only to students who meet the 100% eligibility level for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  For more information, please visit the Columbia University Veteran Affairs website.

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How to Receive Benefits

To learn how to receive VA benefits at Columbia, please visit the Columbia University Veteran Affairs website.

If you have questions about Columbia's administration of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, please email veterans@columbia.edu

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Other Educational Benefits for Veterans

Various Department of Veterans Affairs programs provide educational benefits for sons, daughters, and spouses of deceased or permanently disabled veterans as well as for veterans and in-service personnel who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces after January 1, 1955. The various programs have different benefits packages and eligibility requirements. Under most programs prior to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the student pays tuition and fees at the time of registration but receives a monthly allowance from Veterans Affairs.

Since interpretation of regulations governing veterans’ benefits is subject to change, veterans and their dependents should correspond directly with the Department of Veterans Affairs. For additional information and assistance in completing the necessary forms, contact the Department of Veteran Affairs.

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