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Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as Chapter 33, is the most commonly used VA educational benefits program at Stanford. This program provides funding for tuition, required fees, books and housing. The level of an individual student’s Chapter 33 benefits is determined by the qualifying veteran’s length of active military service since 9/11/2001.

Tuition and Fees

Unlike the Montgomery GI Bill, the Post-9/11 GI Bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay your tuition and fees directly to the school. 

Tuition and mandatory fees are now capped at $21,084.89 per academic year by the VA. Fees include the mandatory fees charged by the University and posted to your Stanford ePay account each quarter. Standard mandatory fees are Health Insurance, Campus Health Service Fee, and ASSU fees. The cost of books and/or supplies that are required for a course are the responsibility of the student to obtain and cannot be included in fees reported to the VA. Students eligible to receive the Yellow Ribbon provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill can supplement their capped benefit with Yellow Ribbon funds.

How Will My Benefits Be Distributed?

The VA has indicated that veteran benefit support, including the Yellow Ribbon provision must be “front loaded.” Below you will find an example of how funds would be distributed based on VA regulations. 

Undergraduate Student Example for 2015-2016

Autumn Quarter


$15,243 Tuition


$341 Approx. Standard Fees * (not including Health Insurance)

Autumn Tuition and Fees



$15,584 VA Support at 100% benefit rate


$0 Yellow Ribbon Benefit. There is still $5501 remaining from the $21,085 for tuition and standard fees.  Disbursement of Yellow Ribbon funding happens after all the $21085 for tuition+standard fees have been used for the academic year.

Autumn Cost to Student


Winter Quarter


$15,243 Tuition


$341 Approx. Standard Fees

Winter Tuition and Fees



$5501 VA Support at 100% benefit rate
($21085 cap has been reached)


$6,000 Yellow Ribbon Benefit ($3,000 Stanford contribution/$3000 VA match)

Winter Cost to Student


Spring and Summer Quarter

Veteran Benefit support exhausted. Student responsible for full tuition and fees.

Monthly Housing Allowance

The monthly housing allowance (living stipend) is based on the following:

  • Students rate of pursuit/training time. For example, a student training at a rate of pursuit of 75 percent would receive 80 percent of the BAH rate (rounded to the nearest tenth).
  • ZIP code of the school you are attending (not your home ZIP code). This stipend is based on the Department of Defense's Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. This stipend does not require students to live on campus. To check the monthly stipend rate for VA students at Stanford, use the zip code 94305. Service members currently on active duty and veterans (and eligible family members) taking courses on a half-time or less basis do not qualify for the housing stipend.