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Post-9/11 GI Bill

Maximize your GI Bill and earn a degree at no cost. Fast track your success.

You've given us the gifts of freedom, security and democracy. It's our turn to thank you. At Mercy College, you'll receive the skills and training you need to excel in today's competitive economy at virtually no cost. With a college degree, there's no telling how far you can go.  

College graduates earn $1.6 million more throughout their career than those who do not pursue higher education. Thanks to Mercy College and the GI Bill, transitioning from military service to civilian life has never been easier.

GI Bill Benefits

At Mercy College, you will have no out-of-pocket expenses when you use the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees are covered. Additional benefits, including a housing allowance (BAH) and book stipend, are paid directly to the veteran. In certain cases, your GI Bill benefits can be transferred to an immediate family member.

VA Education Benefits (100% Eligibility) Undergrad Graduate
Mercy College tuition & fees for full-time study (per term) +$9,038* +$7,614**
VA pays on veteran's behalf -$9,038 $7,614
Your Total Cost of Tuition and Fees $0 $0

 

*Undergraduate tuition and fees for full-time study based upon 12 credits per semester

** Graduate tuition and fees for full-time study based upon nine credits per semester and program

 

VA housing allowance ($2,490/month for 4 months) +$9,960 +$9,960
VA allowance for books & supplies (per term) +$500 +$500
Benefit paid directly to veteran by VA +$10,460 +$10,460
Total Cost for Your Education $0 $0

 

Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act (Chapter 33)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of educational benefits for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Eligibility for benefits is extended to 15 years from the last period of active duty. Benefit entitlement is determined by length of active duty after September 11, 2001. In addition to coverage of tuition and fees, which is capped at the highest in-state undergraduate tuition as a public institution, there are provisions for a monthly housing allowance equal to E-5 basic allowance for housing with dependents (based on zip code) and a yearly stipend of $1,000 for books and equipment.

Benefits Based on Length of Active Duty

  • 100% - At least 36 months
  • 100% - At least 30 continuous days and service-connected disability discharge
  • 90% - At least 30 months
  • 80%  - At least 24 months
  • 70% - At least 18 months
  • 60% - At least 12 months
  • 50% - At least 6 months
  • 40% - At least 90 days

Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes undergraduate and graduate degrees and vocational/technical training. All training programs must be offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for GI Bill benefits. Additionally, tutorial assistance and licensing and certification test reimbursement are approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. 

Visit the GI Bill website for more information on eligibility.

Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program

Mercy College is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Veterans who have served a minimum of 36 months of active duty service after September 10, 2001 are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. This program enhances your educational entitlements by covering virtually 100% of additional tuition and fee costs above are allocated annual allowance.  

Visit the GI Bill website for more information on eligibility.