Financial Aid Office

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program

Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill 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. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay all or a portion of your tuition and required fees based upon the type of institution you enroll in and your level of eligibility. The amount of support that individuals may qualify for depends on where they live and what type of degree they are pursuing.

At St. Catherine University the Post 9-11 GI Bill will pay eligible individuals:
  • Tuition and fees directly to the school not to exceed the cap of $17500 for students enrolled at a private institution of higher learning.
  • For more expensive tuition, a program exists which may help to reimburse the difference. This program is called the "Yellow Ribbon Program."
  • A monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school.
  • An annual books and supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
  • A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals.
Please read the letter to students from the Director of the VA Education Service regarding changes to the Post 9/11 GI Bill for 2011-12: Changes to Post 9/11 GI Bill for 2011-2012.

This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally, benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill Information: Transfer of benefits. Veteran’s eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill may also transfer unused portions of their benefit to eligible dependents. For more information and application instructions review Transfer of Benefits.

Children of service members who die in the line of duty. The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (PDF) amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.

Yellow Ribbon Program

An admitted student receiving 100% eligibility under Chapter 33 benefits may also be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program. Under this benefit, up to 50% of any remaining tuition and fees not covered under Chapter 33 would be paid on behalf of the student by St. Kate’s. The VA would then match St. Kate’s Yellow Ribbon contribution. Under this program, most, if not all, tuition and fees would be covered.

Participation in the Yellow Ribbon program is at the discretion of St. Kate’s, and is reviewed annually. For more details