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How does the GI Bill affect my Financial Aid Grants?

AsuradaAsurada Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
Good day fellas, looking for some clarification as to how I can get the most lucrative deal out of my post 9/11 GI Bill and Financial Aid.

UCLA Estimated Cost of Attendance: 34,191
BAH: 2,550
Grants/Scholarship(University Grant, Pell Grant, Cal Grant A, UShip Grant): 23,163
Waiting to see if I get Regents Scholarship, which gives 2,000 merit aid and remaining cost of attendance

So who pays who first? If I choose to use my GI Bill, how much of the grants will get cut? Is tuition the only thing they slash from estimated cost of attendance or do they factor in room and board? Wanted to know how much goes directly to me when comparing Situation A (Regents with no GI Bill) to situation B (Regents with GI Bill).

Replies to: How does the GI Bill affect my Financial Aid Grants?

  • capcap Registered User Posts: 929 Member
    GI Bill is last payer for tuition and fees. They would pay whatever balance remained and you would get the BAH portion. That is paid directly to you each month, so you may have to pay part of the room/board before getting that money.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,912 Forum Champion
    It may be in your best interest to save your GI benefits for grad school. Another student I know did this....got huge merit for undergrad, so is using GI Bill for law school
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,912 Forum Champion
    <<<
    Grants/Scholarship(University Grant, Pell Grant, Cal Grant A, UShip Grant): 23,163
    >>>

    Cal Grant pays for tuition.
  • sheflourishessheflourishes Registered User Posts: 23 Junior Member
    Call the school financial aid office and ask them if you can use both university merit AND GI Bill benefits. Most schools do not allow for this- specifically DUKE VANDERBILT I know of first hand. Don't assume anything.
  • NHufferNHuffer Forum Champion GWU Posts: 948 Forum Champion
    My university didn't give any aid since I was eligible for the GI Bill. I would be surprised if others would.
  • yolo408yolo408 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I'm on the same boat with you man.I know GI bill is the last payer for tuition and fees which cal grant A will use first to pay for the tuition and im not sure abt the rest of the grant.Whatever remain balance, will be paid by 9/11 gi. But u get the full pell grants thou.
  • Mangorind86Mangorind86 Registered User Posts: 16 Junior Member
    @cap You're comment about the GI Bill being the "last payer for tuition and fees" seems to be correct from my experience.

    The colleges I applied and were accepted to all utilized the GI Bill last towards tuition fees
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