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Do Acceptance Letters Include GIBill Benefits?

spritlespritle Registered User Posts: 200 Junior Member
edited November 2012 in Veterans
I was wondering if the acceptance letter with financial info includes GIBIll info and will show out if pocket totals? I am having difficulty finding out how benefits are applied as each potential school gives a different answer. I do not want to commit to a school and still be unsure of what I will have to pay out of pocket. Can you shed some light on this?
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Replies to: Do Acceptance Letters Include GIBill Benefits?

  • turtlerockturtlerock Registered User Posts: 1,184 Senior Member
    Unfortunately, different schools do try to apply the GI Bill benefits differently. It's been a while, but if I remember right, the initial FA letter that is sent in conjunction with or immediately following an acceptance letter will not reflect GIB benefit eligibility since the school has no way of determining your exact benefit until you've a) accepted to attend, which let's you b) submit your VA F 22-1990 Application for VA Benefits (VONAPP) under your accepted school's information, so that then c) the school can apply your eligibility percentage/amount towards your tuition and fees costs via the school's Veteran's Program Certifying Official.

    Until then, the school can only make the nest estimates based on the information you provide to them. If you know you're 100% eligible, then it's a lot easier for the school. After you've received your initial FA letter, you should be able to call the school's FA office and talk to someone about your VA educational benefits eligibility being applied to your FA offer - or better yet, you should look for the Veteran's Certifying Official (every school should have at least one person that does this) and they will most likely be able to coordinate your veteran status to the FA office.

    Applying GIB benefits to your FA can dramatically change your FA package - the law of the GIB is that it is applied after other scholarships and grants from either outside institutions or the school itself, and schools know this. So, some schools, in an attempt to save money will then offer less grant aid to the student that may have been offered in the initial FA letter since the VA might be paying that cost now. The school saves the grant aid amount they originally offered you and the VA instead pays that cost.

    Trust me, it is very confusing how some schools do this. I remember being on the phone for like an hour or so every day for a week talking to one school and how they were calculating my benefits into my FA and what my final out-of-pocket would be. Are you looking at FA packages for public or private schools? Public should leave you no worries if you are 100% eligible for the P911GIB as you literally follow steps a, b, and c above and almost everything (if not everything) is covered through your benefit. Privates cost more and it takes more effort to decipher how your benefit is applied and how much they expect you to pay if your benefit and YRP does not cover it all.

    In short, most schools will not inherently know about your veteran status and you will need to make this known to either their FA office or the Verteran's Certifying Official. Does your FA letter actually already show a GIB calculation? I know a lot of specifics, but I would need to know some more specific information to reciprocate.
  • spritlespritle Registered User Posts: 200 Junior Member
    It is my son (a junior this year) who will be using my husband's benefits (100% eligible) when the time comes. He hasnt applied anywhere and wont until next year. However, we are trying to decide WHERE he should apply and it is very frustrating. I have contacted a few schools that are on his radar and only one school (Elon) has provided a detailed response. One school told me to contact the VA (American) and I havent heard from the others. We are looking at private and public schools. Some schools have a great net price calculator that reflect GIBill info. Unfortunately, those calculators are few and far between.
  • turtlerockturtlerock Registered User Posts: 1,184 Senior Member
    Oh, understood. With no specific FA letter in question, then what I state above rings generally true - I also applied to American and the original letter they sent me did not include GIB info - I couldn't even access it at all (online) until they coordinated with the campus' VA office to apply it to my admitted student account!

    Again, generally, publics will be considered full paid by the P911GIB, but privates are trickier. Luckily some do participate in YRP and I would advise applying to 1 or more schools with that program (American University has it, but you need to apply - it is not automatically given to all P911GIB beneficiaries and you generally won't find out if they have accepted you for the program until the last possible minute).
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