How to Use Your Post 9/11 GI Bill®

What is the Post 9/11 GI Bill®?

The Post 9/11 GI Bill® helps eligible Service members and Veterans pay for school or job training. If you’ve served on active duty after September 10, 2001, you may qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).

Four Steps to Finance Your Degree at NU:

  1. STEP 1: Find out which Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits you are eligible for.
  2. STEP 2: Apply for Post 9/11 GI benefits.

To apply, you’ll need:

  • Social security number
  • Bank account direct deposit information
  • Education and military history
  • Basic information about NU

When it comes time to select the type of school you will be attending, make sure you include the following information:
School Name: National University
Type of Education or Training: College, university, or other educational program, including online courses
Address: 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego, CA 92123 (Must use Lightwave address; La Jolla/other campuses will be rejected.)

On average it takes 30 days for the VA to process Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefit claims.

  1. STEP 3: Apply to NU.
  2. STEP 4: Contact an NU military admissions advisor to submit your Post 9/11 GI Bill® Certificate of Eligibility and learn more about your eligibility for federal financial aid support and NU’s military scholarships.

Students may be permitted to begin taking courses prior to receiving the Certificate of Eligibility by providing proof that the application for Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits was completed. A screenshot of the confirmation page is acceptable for this purpose.

(i.e., providing a screenshot of confirmation page).

Still Have Questions?

Visit our Military Benefits and Funding Options page to see frequently asked questions regarding the GI Bill®. Or, contact our military admissions team at [email protected] today.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

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