Military & Veteran Educational Benefits

Post 911 GI Bill

Individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 continuous days on active duty, are eligible to participate in the Post 911 GI Bill. The percentage of eligibility ranges from 40% - 100%. You must also be on Active Duty or have received an honorable discharge to be eligible.

The Veterans Affairs Post 911 GI Bill Percentage of Eligibility Chart will assist you in determining your percentage of eligibility.

  The 100% eligibility cap for Private Schools for the 2015-2016 academic year is $21,084.89. The 2016-2017 cap will be announced by the Department of Veterans Affairs in July 2016.
  Pays up to 36 months of education benefits
  Annual book stipend up to $1,000
  Pays BAH at the E5 with dependents rate BAH Calculator - please utilize Rice University's zip code: 77005.
  Please reference the US Department of Veterans Affairs: Post 911 GI Bill for further information.

Yellow Ribbon

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions to enter into a voluntarily agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post 911 GI Bill cap. If you are Yellow Ribbon eligible, the JGSB will cover up to 50% of the remaining cost, matched dollar-for-dollar by the VA.


To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program:

  You must be eligible at 100% for the Post-9/11 GI Bill
  You must not be on Active Duty or a spouse transferee of an active duty member
  Please reference the US Department of Veterans Affairs: Yellow Ribbon for further information.

How to Apply

In order to certify your benefits, the following documentation must be submitted to JGSB School Certifying Official, Salomon Medina:

  Certificate of (Honorable) Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214): If you have been discharged from active service you must include this form in your application.
  Certificate of Eligibility (COE): you may request your certificate through the eBenefits site – the Post 9/11 GI Bill section will walk you through the application steps. Please be sure to indicate “Rice University” as the school for which you are applying. If you have previously used benefits at another school, please also submit a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (form 22-1995).
  Military Transcript(s): this is a listing of all military training received while in the Service. Please utilize the applicable link below to request your transcript:
  Joint Services Transcript: Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. Please send designate your transcript be sent electronically to Rice University (William Marsh).
  Community College of the Air Force
  If you entered the Air Force as an officer, request your Air University transcript

Transfer of Post 911 Entitlement

If you are considering a transfer of your entitlement to a dependent, please review the Transfer of Post 911 GI Bill Benefits section of the VA website.   


For information regarding other chapters of GI Bill benefits, please reference the Department of Veterans Affairs benefits site.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB)

The Montgomery GI Bill is a benefit for individuals who contributed $1200 to the basic program while on Active Duty. The monthly benefit paid is based on the length of service, category, and DoD put kickers into your MGIB Fund (if applicable). All individuals who were separated or retired with an honorable discharge, were separated under the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI), or Special Separation Benefit (SSB), are eligible.

  Pays up to 36 months of education benefits
  Pays a Full Time monthly rate of $1,564 (effective October 1, 2012)
  Benefits are available for up to 10 years after separation from active duty
  Monthly W.A.V.E. (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) verification is needed to receive payments. 
  US Department of Veterans Affairs: MGIB


Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

  Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components
  Pays up to 36 months of education benefits
  Monthly W.A.V.E. (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) verification is needed to receive payments. 
  US Department of Veterans Affairs: MGIB-SR  


Chapter 1607: Montgomery GI Bill – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP is a Department of Defense program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the reserve components ordered to active duty in response to a war or a national emergency declared by the President or Congress. These components include Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Army IRR, Air Force IRR, Navy IRR and Marine Corps IRR. A member ordered to active service while serving in the reserve component remains entitled to benefits under REAP only by continuing to serve in the reserve component.

  Pays up to 36 months of education benefits
  Monthly wave verification is needed to receive payments
  Monthly W.A.V.E. (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) verification is needed to receive payments. 
  US Department of Veterans Affairs: (MGIB-REAP)  



Hazelwood Act

The purpose of the Hazelwood Act is to provide education benefits to honorably discharged or separated Texas veterans, or to qualified dependent children. As a private education institution, Rice University is not permitted to participate in the Hazelwood Act exemptions. 

After reviewing the various types of VA educational benefits, the next step is to determine which one is right for you - it is possible to be eligible for more than one benefit. While you might be utilizing multiple benefit chapters consecutively, you may be required to choose only one. The VA’s Benefit Comparison Tool will assist you through this process. Please note that our JGSB-dedicated School Certifying Official (SCO) is also a resource to assist you in this process.

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