Educational Benefits

Benefits Administration Information

The Military & Veterans Program is responsible for the administration of all US Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits processing and is dedicated to making the educational experience second to none for our student Veterans and military family members attending USD on a GI Bill® allowance. The program is managed by the Veteran Student Services Coordinator Derek Abbey, houses the VA Certifying Official Joe Lasley, a Graduate Assistant and VA student workers. We are the central place for veteran's resources, involvement, networking and the Student Veterans Organization.

 Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in UC 225. 619-260-7483

USD Yellow Ribbon Program scholarship

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Students (excluding active duty) receiving 100% eligible Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill are granted additional funding for tuition through the Yellow Ribbon Program at USD. There is no application to receive these funds as they are built into the financial aid calculation for eligible students.

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 33. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning to enter into a voluntary agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to contribute funds to a veteran's unmet tuition and fee charges when their tuition and fees charges exceed the amount payable under Chapter 33. The program allows institutions to contribute an amount up to 50 percent of a veteran's unmet costs; the Department of Veterans Affairs will match the amount.

The Yellow Ribbon scholarship is being coordinated with other USD grants and scholarships by replacing those grants and scholarships up to the amount of the Yellow Ribbon scholarship. Since the VA matches USD Yellow Ribbon scholarships, this ensures the student receives the full potential VA match without reducing their total USD scholarship.

Only 100% maximum benefited rate under Chapter 33 is eligible for this funding. The Yellow Ribbon Program is not available for an active service member and spouse of an active service member.

For 2017-18 school year, University of San Diego is providing Yellow Ribbon scholarship in the amount of:

  • $9,420 for undergraduate students
  • $7,666 for graduate and doctoral students

USD Yellow Ribbon Program is awarded after the Post-9/11 annual cap has all been used. The unmet tuition will then be split or divided into two awards USD YRP and VA matching of YRP. USD YRP must not go over the above rates per academic year.

Example Fall 2017 Spring 2018
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees $23,854/semester $23,854/semester
VA Post-911 $22,805.34 $0
USD YRP $524.50 $8,895.53
VA YRP $524.50 $8,895.50
Tuition due $0 $6,063.00

How the Post 9/11 GI Bill Works at USD 

There are two ways the VA counts your benefit: time and money
  • For time, you are given a number of months/days that you can be enrolled and receive benefits. The VA will count days based on the official dates of the term you are enrolled. If you are the Veteran, the benefit covers an entire term as long as you had at least a day of benefits left to start the term. If the benefit was transferred to you, the VA prorates your benefit based on the exact number of days you have left and only pays for those specific days. You are using months/days of your benefit to receive Yellow Ribbon funds. 
  • For money, there are annual tuition limits that can be paid to you within a VA fiscal year (this amounts resets every year on Aug. 1). The limit for the Post 9/11 GI Bill beginning Aug. 1, 2017 is 22, 805.34. The limit for Yellow Ribbon (added after the Post 9/11 limit is reached) at USD in 17-18 is around 15,000 (split between the VA and USD). You must be using months/days of your benefit to receive Yellow Ribbon Funds. 

How is the award posted on student accounts? 

The Financial Aid office will pre-post either VA Post 9/11 or USD Yellow Ribbon scholarships on student accounts at the beginning of each term. Other financial aid awards will be adjusted accordingly.

Note: Only Non-Title IV awards; ROTC, CALGRANT, employee tuition remission or discounts and or tuition based only scholarship/grants will be deducted first before Post 9/11 and YRP is applied to student's account.

How do I apply to USD?

How do I apply for my VA benefits?

Well in advance, you will need to apply online with the VA to receive your benefit entitlement. If you are a transfer student already established using the VA benefit at another school, you must complete a VA form 22-1995 Change of Place or Training Program.

All students need to email a copy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility letter (or a screenshot from eBenefits) with your USD student ID number to

USD Policy on Immediate Call to Active Duty

The University of San Diego supports and respects the obligations of students involuntarily called to active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States. USD will make reasonable accommodations for such students, and will endeavor to assist them to meet their military obligations without loss of academic status or opportunities. 

USD Professional and Continuing Education Program

Learn about Veteran Approved Certificate Programs that can be completed in less than one year. Please contact 619-260-4585 for more information.

USD Test Preparation Courses - Paralegal Program

USD Test Preparation Courses announces its eligibility to accept VA benefits for veterans and dependents preparing for the LSAT, GMAT and GRE.  We are pleased to add this opportunity to the many other veteran support programs available on the USD Campus.

Schedules and additional information are available at or call 619-260-4579

Contact Information

Joe Lasley
Certifying Official
Phone: 619-260-4600 x2032

Office Information

Location: Hahn University Center Room 225
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 1(619) 260-7483
Mail: 5998 Alcalá Park, UC Room 225, San Diego, CA 92110