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Will My Post 9/11 GI Bill Cover My Credit Hours If I Attend Catholic University in D.C.?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello I plan on attending Catholic University of America in DC. I used the GI Bill calculator and they came up with: I have the full benefits of the G.I. Bill and I have the Yellow Ribbon Program. I plan on taking 5 classes which is equal to 15 credits. So I’m wondering if Veterans Affairs will cover my credit hours. How do I calculate if I’m covered with the knowledge in the link? Thank you so much!

A: The VA recently released an even better GI Bill calculator tool – I punched in the information for your school and it comes up that your Post 9/11 GI Bill will pay:
• Up to $19,198.31 per year in tuition.
• $2,193 per month in housing allowance (if you are considered a full-time student by your school).
• Up to $1,000 in book stipend money.
• They are a Yellow Ribbon School.

I would imagine 15 credits would be full-time, but you’ll have to check with your school. If not, then these amounts would be prorated down based on the number of credits they consider to be full-time verses the number of credits you are taking.

I went on Catholic University’s website and found out their tuition and fees for a new undergraduate are $39,726 per year. With your GI Bill paying $19,198.31, you would end up with a difference of $20,527.69.

Catholic University accepts only 55 undergraduates in their Yellow Ribbon program each academic year. Click on the link to view their application. It looks like they pay the maximum of 50% of the difference between what they charge and what your Post 9/11 GI Bill pays. The VA would pay an equal amount which would erase all of the difference. However, be sure to discuss this with your school before enrolling if getting the Yellow Ribbon is a deal-breaker.

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