Information for Dependents
While you support them...We support you.
OVS isn't just for veterans.
The Office of Veterans Services (OVS) also assists the dependents and spouses of service members in receiving their military education benefits. In addition to our services, you will enjoy an educational experience at one of America's top schools.
- Experience-based learning opportunities, including internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research with faculty
- A diverse student body
- An affordable high-quality education
- Flexible class scheduling
- A 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Peer mentoring and support
- Full-time staff members dedicated to helping you succeed, from admissions to graduation
Dependent Benefit Information
Instructions for dependents of veterans and active duty military using the Post 9/11 GI Bill® education benefit:
- The transferability option under the Post 9/11 allows service members to transfer unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The Department of Defense determines whether benefits can be transferred to family members.
- Eligible dependents include: spouse; one or more of the individual’s children; any combination of spouse or child; a family member must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and be eligible for benefits, at the time of transfer.
- Upon approval, family members may apply to use transferred benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by completing VA Form 22-1990e, which can be accessed at vets.gov.
- Dependents may not use the benefit until they have attained a secondary school diploma (or equivalency certificate), or reached 18 years of age.
- In approximately 6-8 weeks, eligible dependents will receive a Certificate of Eligibility Letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs which will be required by the school of choice.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs will pay the in-state tuition and fees directly to the University of Pittsburgh based on the students’ percentage of eligibility.
Residency and Tuition
In-State students whose percentage of eligibility is less than 100 percent are responsible for the uncovered portion of the tuition and fees.
Out-of-State students who are eligible for VA education benefits (and have a "Certificate of Eligibility" from the VA) can have their tuition adjusted to the in-state rate. In order for this change to occur, please submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of Veterans Services.
Monthly Housing Allowance
Students attending more than half-time will receive a monthly housing stipend based on their percentage of eligibility. Monthly housing stipends are paid by the VA one month following the earned benefit. (Ex: September housing benefit will be paid on October 1). A spouse of an active duty soldier is not eligible to receive the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA).
Important Notes about Receiving Your Benefits
- Students should bring or email a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility letter to the OVS Email
- Students will be asked to complete a Certification Request Form after course registration is complete. This form must be completed each term that the student chooses to use the Post 9/11 GI bill® education benefit.
- Notification will be sent via Pitt e-mail when the Enrollment Certification has been processed.
- All dependents using GI Bill® education benefits are responsible for paying their on-campus housing and meal plans according to the University billing deadline. Monthly payments can be arranged through the University PittPAY system.
- Approximately 14 days before the term begins, the Veterans Administration will send tuition and fee payments to the University and students will receive a book stipend in their personal accounts in the amount of $41.67 per credit up to the maximum payment of $1,000 per year for full-time attendance. Tuition, fees, and book stipends are paid according to the students’ percentage of eligibility.
- All students using the Post 9/11 Chapter 33 education benefit are required to report all changes, including changes to their contact information, class schedule, and add/drop, withdrawals, or incomplete grades. Withdrawing from classes after the add/drop deadline could incur a debt to the Department of Veterans Affairs.