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Veterans Education Benefits (GI Bill®)

Service members may choose to activate their GI Bill® while still on active duty.

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.

Active Duty Service Members who qualify for and receive GI Bill benefits will have:

  • Tuition and fees paid directly to Pierce College
    Note: Dependent upon length of time in service and specific GI Bill program
  • Book and supply stipend not to exceed $1,000 per academic year, paid per credit up to 24 credits during the year (1 August – 31 July)

The level of eligibility for Veterans Benefits is based on timeframe and length of service. There are different Veterans Education Benefit programs available to active duty service members. For more information, eligibility requirements and benefits, visit the Veterans Administration (VA) website.

If you want to activate your GI Bill benefits, follow these steps:

  1. Apply for benefits through the Veterans Administration (VA).
  2. See your advisor and choose your classes.
  3. Visit the Veterans Benefits Office at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom (Lakewood) or Puyallup to complete the required institutional certification paperwork. 
  4. Bring your certificate of eligibility from the VA. 
  5. Note:  During this TA Suspension period and to expedite the process, active duty service members may provide proof of Veterans Benefits application in lieu of the Certificate of Eligibility.  However, a Tuition Installment Plan (TIP) or Fee Installment Plan (FIP) agreement will be required at the time of registration since level of eligibility will be unknown until the VA processes the application. This means you will be responsible for all course fees/tuition included in the TIP or FIP if Veterans Benefits do not cover those costs.

  6. Register for Classes. Complete your Registration form and submit it to Pierce College at JBLM, along with your voucher for classes at JBLM. If you want to take classes at Fort Steilacoom or Puyallup, you register at that location and do not need the voucher.

Please note: If this option is exercised, any benefits received while on active duty will count against the lifetime allowance (entitlement) for GI Bill benefits. In addition, active duty service members are not eligible for the VA Monthly Housing Allowance because they already receive this benefit through their active duty service.