Veteran and Military Center

Using Benefits: Dayton and Lake Campus Veterans

The following guide applies to anyone using VA Educational Benefits. This excludes Department of Defense Federal Tuition Assistance and other benefits for Current Service Members.

To use your GI Bill Benefits at WSU there are 5 main steps to follow initially. Continuing students will repeat Steps 4 and 5 every semester.

On this page:

Apply to Use Benefit

Step 1: Apply to the VA

Students hoping to use their VA benefits must first apply to the VA to activate the appropriate benefit.

The VA will send you a statement of benefits via email or a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) in the mail.

Please look below for information on each benefit:

Note: Only Chapter 33 and 31 pay tuition directly to WSU.

Step 2: Complete the application process at Wright State University.

Undergraduate Application Fees are waived. Applicants must pay for graduate admissions.

Step 3: Complete all transcript requests from previous institutions.

You must contact each previous institution where you earned credit individually.

Request CCAF or JST transcripts.

Step 4: Register for classes

Step 5: Contact the VMC

Available Veterans Education Benefits

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) & Transfer of Entitlement (TOE)

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  • This program provides financial support for education and housing to veterans with at least 90 days of active service on or after September 11, 2001, and eligible dependents that meet requirements for transfer of benefits. Benefits are available for up to 15 years following discharge if you left before January 1, 2013. If you left after, your benefits are good forever.

The benefit provides:

  • An annual book stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment. You will receive approximately $42 per credit that you are enrolled per semester until you reach the $1000 maximum.
    • Example: In the Fall Semester if you enroll in 15 credits you will receive approximately $630. Your balance for the year would then be $370. If you enrolled in 12 credits in the Spring semester you would NOT receive the approximately $500; you would receive the $370 balance. 
  • All required course fees (NOT inclusive courseware). e.g. lab fees
  • All required institution fees. Examples include the Career Services fee that covers advising and first year program fees that get applied to some students in their first year of a degree program.
  • Tuition payment will be made directly to the school after registration, not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition/fees at a public institution.
  • Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA). For students meeting At WSU this is approximately $1250 per month, pro-rated by the day, paid in arrears.
    • You must be in at least one residential class OR have documentation that you must set foot on campus to receive the residential MHA.
    • If you are enrolled in ALL distance courses, you will receive the distance learning MHA, approximately $916.50 per month, pro-rated by the day; paid in arrears. 
    • You must verify your enrollment every month with the VA. We recommend choosing the text option when you apply for your benefit.
    • If you do not have health insurance and are enrolled full-time the GI Bill will cover the cost of student health insurance. This available to students only (there is no family plan).If you have health insurance through another source you MUST waive the student health insurance.

The GI Bill will not cover the following:

  • Inclusive Courseware. These fees are considered books and are technically optional (we do not recommend waiving them).
  • Counseling and Wellness Fee – you may opt out.
  • Student Legal Services Fee – you may opt out.
  • Parking Fees
  • Campus Housing – The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides a monthly housing allowance. It will not pay any housing charges incurred. Payment arrangements must be made by the student.

Yellow Ribbon and Residency Program

Wright State is a proud participant in the Department of Veteran Affairs Yellow Ribbon program.


To utilize the Yellow Ribbon Program you must be a recipient of the Post 9/11 GI Bill® at the 100% level. You can read more about the Post/911 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon on the VA FAQ page.

What does the Yellow Ribbon Program do? 

Yellow Ribbon is an agreement between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Wright State University to provide up to 50% of the tuition not covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. For almost all programs at Wright State, that means matching up to 50% of the out-of-state/non-residency costs.

Eligibility is only limited for those students applying to the Boonshoft School of Medicine and the School of Professional Psychology. Please reach out to the VMC with questions.

Using Yellow Ribbon at Wright State

In practice, the Yellow Ribbon program will provide support for those individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition. Many student veterans and dependents who attend Wright State will qualify as in-state residents and therefore in-state tuition.

Please reference the University Policy 3060 on Residency to see if you will meet the residency requirements. In particular, sections C-4, C-5, or C-7 are specifically targeted towards those using military benefits.

If you do not meet any of these qualifications or you want to attempt to use the Yellow Ribbon program you must complete a residency petition. Your eligibility for Yellow Ribbon will be determined following the completion of the residency petition and all of the normal procedures necessary to utilize your Post-9/11 GI Bill® at Wright State.

Veteran Readiness & Employment VR&E (Chapter 31)

You must apply and be accepted by the VR&E program to utilize this benefit for educational purposes. This benefit does not count towards the 4-month cap set on service members using educational benefits.

To use this benefit you must have the name and email of your Rehabilitation Counselor. Your Rehabilitation Counselor is assigned upon acceptance into the VR&E program.

  • This program provides effective vocational rehabilitation services to veterans with service-connected disabilities.
    • Benefits determined on an individual basis. In general, these include:
      • Tuition and fees
      • Monthly Housing Allowance (determined on an individual basis)
      • Books and Supplies to be purchased through the Wright State bookstore
      • Parking
    • See the Veteran Readiness & Employment website for more information.
    • Your counselor typically releases two Purchase Orders (P.O.’s) directly to Wright State that are updated annually. One to the Bursar and one to the Bookstore, e-campus. Delays in the release or update of these PO’s can result in the delay in tuition payments, MHA payments, and Bookstore access. Please reach out to both the VMC and your counselor to confirm if your payments are delayed.  

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (Chapter 30)

  • This is a stipend only benefit. It does not pay any tuition or fees directly to Wright State.
  • Benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.
    • You will receive a monthly payment at a rate set by Congress based on your expenses for 36 months, which varies based on enrollment status.
    • Monthly check (via direct deposit) sent to veteran after proof of enrollment and monthly online verification.

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

  • This is a stipend only benefit, It does not pay any tuition and fees directly to Wright State.
  • This program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard.
    • Allows "kickers" up to $350 per month determined and administered by the service.
    • The current rate for full time is $384 per full month.
    • Monthly check (via direct deposit) sent to veteran after proof of enrollment and monthly online verification. This verification can only be completed on the last day of each month – if it is missed, you must wait until the last day of the next month.

Survivors and Dependents Assistance—Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) (Chapter 35)

  • This is a stipend only benefit. It does not pay any tuition or fees directly to Wright State.
  • To use this program you must have the individual recipient Social Security Number (SSN) and the Social Security Number of the Veteran whose service has provided the benefit. The file number is the Veterans’ SSN. 
  • DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans (Determine DEA eligibility). The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.
    • For a child, you must be between the ages of 18 and 26.
    • If you are a spouse, benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible.
    • For surviving spouses (spouses of service members who died on active duty) benefits end 20 years from the date of death.
    • The current amount is approximately $1200 per month for full-time attendance for a full 30 day month. The amount is pro-rated for less that full-time enrollment and shorter months. Payments are made in arrears at the end of each month.
  • If you are eligible for the Chapter 35 as an undergraduate student you may also be eligible for the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship through the State of Ohio.
    • This benefit will pay a percentage of in-state tuition costs for undergraduate students who apply by the deadline.


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at