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Education Abroad

GI Bill

Education benefits received by our veterans, active service members, and their spouses and qualified dependents may or may not be applied toward the cost of study abroad, depending on which chapter the benefits fall under. For more information, students should speak with an advisor in the Education Abroad office and/or the VCU Military Student Services office.

The process outlined below is for students receiving Chapter 33 benefits. If you receive any other types of military benefits, speak with VCU Military Student Services or Education Abroad.

VCU Faculty-led programs

Since VCU tuition is charged on all VCU faculty-led programs, the VA will pay the in-state VCU tuition rate for a student’s course of study, just as it would for instruction on the VCU campus.

Students can apply to be reimbursed by the VA for living costs, books, supplies, and travel. Fees specific to study abroad (like an administrative or application fee) cannot be paid or reimbursed unless the student can demonstrate that the program is a required part of the student’s degree program. In order for the VA to provide a monthly housing allowance, the student must be enrolled full-time on the study abroad program.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

ISEP Exchange:
Since VCU in-state tuition is charged for all ISEP exchange programs, the VA will pay the in-state VCU tuition rate for a student’s course of study, just as it would for instruction on the VCU campus. Because the ISEP fee is comprehensive, VCU must break out the fee and report the charged tuition.

ISEP Direct:
Since the host institution’s program tuition and fees are collected by VCU and passed on to ISEP, tuition and fees normally assessed to students at the host institution can be reimbursed at a rate set annually by the VA (for 2011-2012, up to $17,500).

Partnership and Departmental Exchanges

Since VCU tuition is charged on all partnership and departmental exchanges, the VA will pay the in-state VCU tuition rate for a student’s course of study, just as it would for instruction on the VCU campus.

Students can apply through the VA to be reimbursed for living costs, books, supplies, and travel. Fees specific to study abroad (like an administrative or application fee) cannot be paid or reimbursed unless the student can demonstrate that the program is a required part of the student’s degree program. In order for the VA to provide a monthly housing allowance, the student must be enrolled full-time on the study abroad program.

Non-VCU Program

The non-VCU program tuition and fees must be collected by VCU and passed on to the Non-VCU program, tuition and fees normally assessed to students at the host institution can be reimbursed at a rate set annually by the VA (for 2011-2012, up to $17,500).  Remember that the VA will not pay charges directly to the host institution or non-VCU program provider.    

Students can apply through the VA to be reimbursed for living costs, books, supplies, and travel.  Fees specific to study abroad (like an administrative or application fee) cannot be paid or reimbursed unless the student can demonstrate that the program is a required part of the student’s degree program.  In order for the VA to provide a monthly housing allowance, the student must be enrolled full-time on the study abroad program.  

For more detailed information regarding the GI Bill and study abroad, please read the Post 911 GI Bill Study Abroad Fact Sheet.

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