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Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are Yellow Ribbon benefits?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® will pay up to an annual maximum per academic year for a private school. For the 2019-2020 school year the maximum is $24,476.79. Tuition and fees that exceed these benefits are referred to as Yellow Ribbon benefits 50/50.

How do I qualify for Yellow Ribbon benefits?

You must be a Veteran (or dependent under Transfer of Entitlement) at the 100% benefit level to qualify. Active duty members and spouses thereof are not eligible for this program. Eligibility is determined by the Veterans Administration, and more information may be found at their website here: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp.

How much of Bethel University's costs does the Yellow Ribbon program cover?

In most cases, the total of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon benefits fully covers the Cost of Attendance at Bethel University. For the 2019-2020 tuition and fees benefit, $24,476.79 is paid by the VA, $6,911.60 in Bethel Yellow Ribbon, and $6,911.60 in VA Yellow Ribbon. For College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), this totals our full-time tuition cost of $38,300. Students are also eligible for Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) payments and book stipend payments. The BAH amount for Bethel's zip code is $1,701 per month for the 2019 calendar year. BAH rates are set annually by the Dept. of Defense. Over the school year, these monthly payments total significantly more than our average room and board costs, which are $10,780. Remaining BAH dollars above Bethel's room and board cost may be used to cover miscellaneous, personal, and travel costs. The book stipend pays up to $1,000 annually. For more information, see Bethel's Cost of Attendance web page for the respective schools:

CAS: https://www.bethel.edu/undergrad/financial-aid/tuition/

CAPS: https://www.bethel.edu/adult-undergrad/financial-aid/tuition/

GS: https://www.bethel.edu/graduate/financial-aid/tuition/

SEM: https://www.bethel.edu/seminary/financial-aid/tuition/

How do I enroll for GI Bill® benefits and a Yellow Ribbon award at Bethel University?

Students must first apply for the benefits with the VA. The VA will provide the student with a Certificate of Eligibility. Students should provide the Certificate of Eligibility to the Financial Aid Office in order to have benefits certified and receive a Yellow Ribbon award, if eligible. Bethel does not have a cap on the maximum number of Yellow Ribbon awards given per year.

May I receive other financial aid in addition to the GI Bill®?

Students may apply for federal Title IV aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Federal grants, state grants, student loans, and parent loans are available to those who qualify in addition to the GI Bill®. Students receiving a Yellow Ribbon award are not eligible for any other Bethel University institutional scholarships or grants. Students who are 40%-90% eligible under Post 9/11 GI Bill® are eligible for consideration of institutional scholarships or grants with a maximum total sum of awards equaling the cost of tuition, activity fee, and the financial aid budget for housing, meals and books.

How are the benefits paid? When do payments start?

The VA pays tuition and fee payments, including Yellow Ribbon, directly to Bethel University. The Housing Allowance and Book Stipend are paid directly to the student. Fall semester tuition and fee payments are generally received the month of October and Spring semester tuition and fee payments in February or March. Housing and book stipends generally begin in October and are paid monthly thereafter. However, please note the VA is frequently backlogged and payments may begin late as a result.

Which charges do I pay on my bill?

Since the housing and book stipends are paid directly to the student, generally students are responsible to pay all charges on the Bethel bill other than the tuition charge, i.e. housing, meal plan, parking permit, etc. Bethel bills separately for the Fall and Spring semesters. On the Fall semester bill, the VA will also pay eligible fees, such a orientation fees, lab fees, etc.

When is my bill due?

For CAS students: Bills are due on August 15 for fall semester and January 15 for spring semester. Payment plans are also available. For more information, please see the Bethel Payment Plan web page.

For CAPS/GS students: Full payment is due at the start date of each course. For more information please see the CAPS/GS Billing web page.

Seminary students can choose to pay in full at the beginning of each semester or enroll in a monthly payment plan. For more information, please see the Seminary payment plan web page.