GI Bill Benefits

Active Duty Members and Veterans of the US Armed Forces may be eligible for education benefits under the GI Bill, as well as eligible dependents. The official source of information about educational benefits under the GI Bill is the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at www.gibill.va.gov. Please refer to the VA's website to learn more about the individual benefits for which you may be eligible.

Marist College does participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program for undergraduate students eligible at 100% for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Benefits. Students must formaly apply to the Yellow Ribbon Program and they may do so by contacting Student Financial Services.  Please note: the College has a limited number of Yellow Ribbon spaces available in the program.  Eligible students must apply and the applicants are accepted into the program on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please refer to the VA website for more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program,  www.gibill.va.gov.

Information about how to apply for GI Bill benefits can be found in the following link:

After you have applied for GI Bill Benefits, you will need to submit several documents to the Certifying Official at Marist to begin using your benefits at Marist College.  The following link provides a checklist of the steps you need to take and the documents that you are required to submit.  Please print out the checklist, provide the information required, read and sign the disclaimer and forward all of the documents required including the checklist and disclaimer to the Certifying Official.

 

Verification of Enrollment

After the student has supplied all the required documents (see above), the VA Certifying Official at Marist sends enrollment information to the Veteran's Affairs Regional Office.  This initiates payment of your benefits by the VA. 

To recap, the entire process for enrollment verification at Marist College is as follows:

1.) The student applies to the VA for benefits (see links above).

2.) All required documentation is submitted to the VA Certifying Official located in the Office of the Registrar

3.) Upon receipt of all required documentation, the student is tagged as a VA benefit recipient.

4.) The VA Certifying Official supplies the VA Regional Office with all required enrollment information.

5.) Payments are issued after the VA processes all enrollment certifications (this takes approximately 8 - 10 weeks)

Initial enrollment verifications are submitted to the VA shortly before the term begins and again at the conclusion of the Add/Drop period.  Thereafter, updates are sent to the VA on a monthly basis.  Payments will not begin until approximately 8 - 10 weeks after the verification of enrollment is submitted to the VA.  Marist submits verifications on a semester-to-semester basis and not on a once-per-academic-year basis - this results in an interval between Fall and Spring semesters and over the summer when payments cease temporarily.  Please take this into account when making financial plans.

For Chapter 33 Post 9/11 benefit recipients:  The VA requires that schools report tuition, fees and financial aid (excluding Pell and loans).  Therefore, final verifications with financial information are submitted to the VA once all financial aid has been disbursed.  This significantly delays the VA payment of tuition and fees to the college.  Tuition bills are generated at regular intervals throughout the term.  Credit for your GI Bill benefit will not appear on your tuition statement until the payment has been received by the college from the VA. 

 

Tuition Payment Information

  For standard Montgomery GI Bill benefits (Chaps. 30, 35, 1606, 1607):

            The VA submits payment directly to the student and does not share the monetary amount of the benefit with the college.  Therefore, Marist does not allow Montgomery GI Bill (Chaps 30, 35, 1606 and 1607) (MGIB) to be used as a basis for deferring tuition payment.  Students must pay their tuition bills out of pocket and then use the MGIB's monthly stipend as reimbursement.

For Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits:

            The VA submits payment for tuition and fees directly to the college on behalf of students receiving Chapter 33 benefits.  Marist will defer payment for this benefit.  Students must provide the VA Certifying Official with a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) which denotes Payment Tier Rate and number of months of eligibility.  The college needs this information to determine the amount that the VA will contribute and the amount for which the student will be responsible.  If the student is eligible for and has been accepted into the College's Yellow Ribbon Program, this information will also be used in determining the payment amount due from the student.  The Office of Student Financial Services will work with the student to determine the amount of tuition for which the student will be responsible.

            If the student is eligible for a Monthly Housing Allowance or a book stipend, the VA will send payment directly to the student.  Payments commence approximately 8 - 10 weeks after the VA receives the enrollment certification from the College.  The student should plan to pay these expenses out of pocket until the VA commences payment.

 

Marist College Contacts: 

For Benefit Application Procedures or Enrollment Certification:

            VA Certifying Official

            Office of the Registrar
            Marist College
            3399 North Road
            Poughkeepsie,  NY  12571
            (845) 575-3250
mailto:  GIBill@marist.edu

 

For Tuition or Billing Information and Yellow Ribbon Application:

            Student Financial Services

            Marist College
            3399 North Road
            Poughkeepsie,  NY  12571
            (845) 575- 3230

Department of Veterans Affairs

www.gibill.va.gov
1-888-GI-BILL-1
1-888-442-4551
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