The study abroad office works closely with the Office of Veterans Services.
Veterans can use the Post-9/11 GI Bill for Study Abroad Programs. In order to use your Post-9/11 GI Bill while studying abroad through the University of Pittsburgh, there are many regulations that must be followed.
- A student must be enrolled in courses that will apply to their program
- The host school in the foreign country must be approved
- VA cannot pay any fees specific to studying abroad unless the student is required to study abroad as part of their program
- The study abroad contact must be completed by the student with the Study Abroad Office and signed off by the Office of Veterans Services certifying official
- The host schools that are approved are only the Pitt approved programs**. Any study abroad program that is facilitated through a third party does not qualify. For more information please review the following PDF provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.gibill.va.gov/documents/post_911_study_abroad_fact_sheet.pdf
- VA could pay the home school's tuition, up to the in-state maximum allowed. (Room and board charges cannot be included in tuition costs)
- VA could provide a monthly housing allowance to the student, if the student is enrolled more than ½-time that the student uses to help pay room and board costs
- VA could provide books and supplies stipend
- VA would pay no charges directly to the host school
- VA could not pay for any fees specifically due to participation in the study abroad program unless study abroad was mandatory for the specific degree.
- For schools that charge a comprehensive fee that includes the home school's tuition, they would have to break out the fee and report the charged tuition
- VA cannot pay airfare
- VA cannot pay amenities fees or host school fees
**Note, the Pitt approved programs are the programs where the home school, Pitt, assesses the students home school's tuition and fees plus additional fees or a comprehensive fee for studying abroad. The home school has an agreement with the host school, the school abroad, or pays the host school.