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Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill

Recipients may qualify to receive payment of tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, and a book stipend. A recipient’s benefit amount is affected by their rate of pursuit (number of credit hours being taken divided by the number of credit hours considered to be full-time). Click here (Enrollment Status Requirements) to view the VA Enrollment Requirements.
Recipients can receive up to 36 months of benefits. Recipients who combine this benefit with one or more other Chapter Benefits can receive up to 48 months of total benefits.

Please consider you decision to switch over to the Post 9/11 GI Bill carefully. 

As an example of how this works:  If a veteran has only 12 months remaining on their old GI Bill (Chapter 30) benefits and they switch over to Chapter 33 they will only receive 12 months under the new GI Bill.  However, if the veteran chose to use up their 12 remaining months under Chapter 30 benefits, once they are exhausted, they may apply for 12 additional months of the new Post 9/11 GI Bill for a total of 48 months.
Tuition and fee payments are paid directly to University of Houston-Clear Lake and are applied as a third party payment to the student’s billing account.

Monthly Housing payments are made directly to the student, not to the school. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Based on the Department of Defense (DoD) Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate for E-5’s with dependents. Amount varies annually. The amount of this benefit varies from 40% to 100% depending on the length of active duty service. Recipients must have a rate of pursuit of more than 50% to receive the monthly housing allowance. Students enrolled in only distance learning or online courses are only eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowances for Housing. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August and December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter and Summer break).

Book Stipends are paid each semester directly to the student, not to the school. There is a $41.67 per credit hour up to 24 hours in a single academic year or $1,000 max amount. A lump sum payment is made each semester. These stipends are prorated based upon the percentage of benefit awarded.

Length of service percentages are described in the following table:

At least 36 months


At least 30 continuous days on active duty and discharged due to service-connected disability


30 months to 36 months


24 months to 30 months


18 months to 24 months


12 months to 18 months


6 months to 12 months


90 days to 6 months


Click here to see the VA Rate Tables for Chapter payment amounts. The BAH rate for UHCL is $1,623.00.

For more information on Chapter 33, click here.


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Houston, TX 77058-1098

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