The majority of Veterans Benefits-eligible students utilize the Post-9/11 GI Bill. If you are eligible for mutliple benefits, please reference the VA’s Benefits Comparison Tool and contact our School Certifying Official (SCO) with any additional questions.

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Post-9/11 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-9/11 GI Bill. The percentage of eligibility ranges from 40% - 100%. You must also be on Active Duty or a Veteran with an honorable discharge to be eligible.

The Veterans Affairs Post-9/11 GI Bill Percentage of Eligibility Chart will assist you in determining your percentage of eligibility.   

  • The 100% eligibility cap for Private Schools for the 2016-2017 academic year is $21,970.46.
  • 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-9/11 GI Bill for further information.

Yellow Ribbon

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a component of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that 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-9/11 GI Bill annual 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:

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 ‚Äď the Post 9/11 GI Bill section will walk you through the application steps. Please be sure to indicate ‚ÄúRice University‚ÄĚ 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: this is a listing of all military training received while in the Service. Please utilize the applicable link below to request your 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.

Hazelwood Act

The purpose of the Hazelwood Act is to provide education benefits to Texas veterans, or to qualified dependent children. This benefit is only available to state institutions. Rice University, as a private education institution, is unable to participate.