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How Does the Post 9/11 GI Bill Work at a Private School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Right now I am really thinking about going to Universal of Technical Institute (UTI) when I EAS from the Marine Corps. I have been trying to look up definite answers as far as the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the way it works with UTI. The course I want to do at UTI is around $32,000. Now what I want to know is that, am going to get just the $17,500 cap for a Non College Degree Program? Or if maybe the UTI in Sacremento has a Yellow Ribbon Program? And if it doesn’t, what can I do to pay the extra tuition and fees, since its $32,000, with the $17,500 cap which would leave with almost $15,000 left to pay out of pocket.

A: The good news is that Universal Technical Institute is a GI Bill-approved school with two campuses – one each in Sacramento and Rancho Cucamonga! The way it would work Dom, is your Post 9/11 GI Bill would pay up to $17,500 per year directly to your school for tuition and eligible fees. Being neither school has a Yellow Ribbon agreement with the VA at this time, the remaining unpaid tuition would be your responsibility.

There are various scholarships, grants and maybe even a work-study program at your school that may help you fund your part of your tuition. However, there are different types of scholarships that may either work for you or against you.

For example, if you get a scholarship that can only be applied toward your tuition, it will reduce the amount the VA will pay, because the VA is the last payer when it comes to paying tuition. That ends up being somewhat counterproductive.

There are other scholarships that are not dedicated to tuition, so the VA ends up paying the same amount as if you did not have those non-fenced scholarships; those are the better ones to try and get.

You could also send in a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Aid) form to see what you would qualify for in other financial aid. Finally, you might have to get a part-time job and work during non-school hours to make extra money.

As part of your Post 9/11 GI Bill, you would also get a monthly housing allowance. For the Sacramento area, it is $1,728, plus you would also get a book stipend of $83 per month.

Comments  (2)

I have applied at St. John University in New York, for my Masteral Program. Being a private institution, will I be able to use my Post 9/11 GI Bill to pay for my Master’s?
Thank you

posted by Hermes G. Losbanes
10:18 am on March 9, 2013

You should be able to use your Post 9/11 GI Bill. I looked up the school in the Weam’s School Search and they are approved for the GI Bill. Just so you know, it doesn’t look like they are a Yellow Ribbon school, so you would have to pay the difference between what they charge and what the Post 9/11 GI Bill would pay which is $18,077.50 per year.

posted by Ron Kness
6:10 pm on March 11, 2013
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