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Important Information

  • Certifications will typically begin at least 2-3 weeks before classes start. However, students are initially certified for the correct number of credit hours with $0 tuition before the semester begins in order for their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) to kick in. After the drop/add period, the certification will be amended to include the tuition.
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill® (CH 33) tuition will be paid directly to the college. For all other chapters, payment is sent directly to the student typically via direct deposit.
  • Students receiving benefits under certain Veterans Administration programs are not eligible for Piedmont’s Neighborhood Grant Program and are not be eligible for Piedmont scholarship grants that are credited towards tuition. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
  • To participate in the Yellow Ribbon program, you must have the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Benefit and be eligible at the 100% rate. If you meet the criteria, there is no additional application or paperwork required to participate in the program. Your tuition will be covered at 100% automatically.
  • You may be able to receive course credit for military training; you will need to provide the Joint Services Transcript
  • Your benefits are paid on a “per day” basis, not on a “per course” basis. Typically, most people start out with 36 months and 0 days, but that time is calculated on a per day basis. Days are not subtracted during times that you are not in school (breaks that are more than one week).
  • The Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) will not be sent until the end of the first month that you are in school. The amount you are getting paid depends on what type of benefit you are receiving and how many classes you are taking. Typically, the first and last month’s housing allowance is a little less than usual because you were not in school for the full month. 
  • For CH 33, your book stipend is paid on a per credit hour basis up to $1,000 annually. Other chapters may have different benefits for books.
  • The VA considers 12 credit hours full-time for undergraduate and 9 full-time for graduate. Less than full-time enrollment may lead to a prorated BAH. 
  • Please be aware that if you withdraw from a class, it is likely that you will owe the VA money.
  • The VA will only cover the cost of those courses that are part of your major or program. That means it is important to work with your academic advisor to ensure that you are taking courses that will count toward your degree.