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Military Matriculation Understanding the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill What Is It? The legislation, effective August 1, 2009, provides monies for tuition and housing to military members with at least 90 days of combined service on or after September 11, 2001, or people honorably discharged with a service-related disability after 30 days of service. Determination of the value of the benefits is based on the length of service. The service member must not be on active duty, must carry a course load of more than half time, and must not be taking 100 percent of his or her classes from a distance (i.e., online). The level of tuition support for any institution in a given state is based on the highest in-state tuition charged by an educational institution in that state. An online chart shows the maximum reimbursement (http://www.gibill.va.gov/ GI_Bill_Info/CH33/Tuition_and_fees.htm). Eligible service members also receive an annual $1,000 stipend for books and supplies. Portions of this are sent near the beginning of each term. What Does It Mean for Housing? The veteran’s application for housing is included in the primary application for Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits. The housing stipend is given to the service member monthly through direct-deposit and is intended to cover a residence at the median rate for the area market. More expensive residences than the median will require a personal contribution; a less expensive residence obviously would not. Many residence hall rooms will cost less than the median, but some more amenity-focused buildings may be equal to the allowance or more. Determination of the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is based on location, as well as the enlistee’s pay grade and dependency status. If all these factors remain the same, there are protections in place to prevent unexpected decreases in the housing allowance. Contacting real estate professionals and real estate management companies, as well as scanning rental listings, determined the rates in a local market. Military representatives confirm that the neighborhoods on which the rent allowances are based are realistically livable for students. A calculator to determine BAH can be found online (http:// www.defensetravel.dod.mil/perdiem/bah.html). How Do Students Apply? A Veterans Administration Web page has forms that a service member or the institution may need, including documents related to work-study programs, survivor and dependent benefits, application for benefits, and request for approval of school attendance (http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/education_forms.htm). Each service member is advised to talk with the G.I. Bill-certifying official or veterans program administrator at his or her school of interest so that the forms the administrator must submit are completed at the same time as the veteran’s. After the form is submitted and approved, the service member will receive a Certificate of Enrollment, which he or she should give to the veterans’ program administrator at the relevant institution. The administrator will process the Enrollment Verification form. When this process is complete, the institution will begin receiving payments for tuition and fees, and the veteran will receive payments for housing, if eligible. Service members can go to this Web site to begin the application process: http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_ Info/How_to_Apply.htm. For any questions, the Department of Veterans Affairs advises service members to call their regional benefits office (http://www.gibill.va.gov/Contact/contact.htm) or refer to the online list of frequently asked questions (https://www.gibill2.va.gov/ vba/vba.cfg/php.exe/enduser/std_alp.php). 2 Talking STick
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Talking Stick - November/December 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Talking Stick - November/December 2009

Talking Stick - November/December 2009
Contents
Online Now
Vision
Just In
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Regroup
Facilities
Business
Calendar
No Small Measure
Military Matriculation
Conversations
First Takes
Reporting Out
Welcome
Snapshot
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - BB1
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - BB2
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Talking Stick - November/December 2009
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Cover2
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 1
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 2
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Contents
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Online Now
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 5
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Vision
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 7
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Just In
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 9
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 10
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 11
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 12
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Your ACUHO-I
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Transitions
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 15
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Regroup
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 17
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 18
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 19
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Facilities
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 21
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 22
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 23
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Business
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Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Calendar
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - No Small Measure
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Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Military Matriculation
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Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Conversations
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Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - First Takes
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Reporting Out
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Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Welcome
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Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Snapshot
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