New GI Bill®

The following links will help you learn more about this exciting new GI Bill® program:

Please note: Aviation programs at COCC have the highest percentage of veteran enrollment; therefore, certification of new students using VA Educational Benefits may be limited to ensure compliance with the VAs 85/15 regulation. If you are planning to use Veterans Educational Benefits at COCC, please contact our Veteran Benefits Coordinator at 541-383-7264 or You will be notified regarding whether or not you're able to use your benefits in your declared Aviation program prior to term start.  

Table of Post-9/11 Benefits - Who Is Eligible For What?

The following table offers a quick overview of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits for each major group of recipients who meet the basic eligibility qualifications listed below.

If You Are:

You May Qualify

Tuition and Fees

Flight Training Fees

Monthly Housing Stipend

Book Stipend

Relocation Allowance

Licensing and Certification Exams

On Active Duty


*Note 1




A Guard or Selected Reserve Member




*Note 2




A Veteran



*Note 2




*NOTE 1: Members on active duty may receive the full tuition payment.

*NOTE 2: All students on active duty, and those pursuing half-time or less, are not eligible for the Housing Stipend.

Tuition and Fees

If you are eligible, VA will pay your tuition & fees payment directly to the school.

Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training.

Members on active duty receive the full tuition payment for which they are eligible.

Monthly Living Stipend

As an eligible veteran or member of the National Guard or Selected Reserve you may receive a monthly housing allowance (living stipend) based on the ZIP code of the location of the school you are attending (COCC 97703)- not your home ZIP code and the total number of credits. This stipend currently averages $1,572 per month for full-time COCC students.

This stipend is based on the DoD's Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. This stipend does not require students to live on campus. Search for your BAH rate by zip code.

NOTE: Service members currently on active duty and veterans (and eligible family members) taking courses on a half-time or less do not qualify for the monthly housing stipend.

Book and Supply Stipend

You may receive an annual book stipend of up to $1,000 if you are a veteran or member of the Guard or Selected Reserve. This stipend will be paid at the beginning of each term. It is paid proportionately based on the number of credits taken by each student at $41.67 per credit hour.

One-Time Relocation Allowance

You may also receive a one-time rural relocation benefit payment of $500.00 to help cover the cost of relocating from a rural location to attend school.

To qualify you must:

  • Be an otherwise eligible veteran.
  • Reside in a county with 6 persons or less per square mile (as determined by the most recent decennial census) and:
  • Either physically relocate at least 500 miles to attend an educational institution
    - or -
  • Travel by air to physically attend an educational institution if no other land-based transportation exists.

Other Benefits

In addition to the tuition, fees, housing, and relocation benefits, you may also qualify for a one-time reimbursement of up to $2,000 for a certification or licensing exam, work-study programs, and $100 a month for tutorial assistance.

Eligibility Criteria for Post-9/11 GI Bill® Benefits

You are eligible if you served a minimum of 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001. This covers active duty served as a member of the Armed Forces or as a result of a call or order to active duty from a reserve component (National Guard and Reserve) under certain sections of title 10.

However, some periods of active duty service are excluded. Periods of service under the following do not count toward qualification for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®:

  • Active Guard Reserve (AGR) (Title 32);
  • ROTC under 10 U.S.C. 2107(b);
  • Service academy contract period;
  • Service terminated due to defective enlistment agreement;
  • Service used for loan repayment; and
  • Selected reserve service used to establish eligibility under the Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB chapter 30), MGIB for Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR Chapter 1606), or the Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP chapter 1607).

Further Details From the VA:

At a minimum, you must have served at least 30 days of continuous active duty service after September 10, 2001 and be discharged due to a service-connected disability, or served an aggregate of 90 days of active duty service after September 10, 2001, and:

  • Be honorably discharged from Armed Forces; or
  • Be released from Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable and placed on the retired list, temporary disability retired list, or transferred to the Fleet Reserve or the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve; or
  • Be released from the Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable for further service in a reserve component; or
  • Be discharged or released from Armed Forces for:
    • EPTS (Existed Prior to Service)
    • HDSP (Hardship) or
    • CIWD (Condition Interfered with Duty); or
    • Continue to be on active duty.

Post 9/11 GI Bill® Benefit Tiers

All Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefit payments are based on the amount of creditable active-duty service each veteran has since Sept. 10, 2001. If you are an active-duty, National Guard, Selected Reserve member, or veterans who has served on active-duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001 the following table applies:

Post-9/11 Service

Percentage of Maximum Amount Payable

At least 36 cumulative months
(Includes Entry Level or Skills Training time)


At least 30 continuous days on active duty and discharged due to service-connected disability
(Includes Entry Level or Skills Training time)


At least 30 cumulative months but less than 36 months


At least 24 cumulative months but less than 30 months


At least 18 cumulative months but less than 24 months


At least 12 cumulative months but less than 18 months


At least 6 cumulative months but less than 12 months


At least 90 days but less than 6 months


The COCC financial aid VA representative can be reached at or 541.383.7264.

Only the VA can verify your personal eligibility for GI Bill® benefits. You may call them at 1.888.GIBILL.1 (1.888.442-4551) if you have any questions about your eligibility status.

The following links will help you learn more about this exciting new GI Bill® program: