USD Veterans Center

Benefits Administration Information

The Veterans Center 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 center is managed by the Veteran Student Services Coordinator Derek Abbey, houses the VA Certifying Official Marvin Veneracion, 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.

USD Yellow Ribbon Program scholarship

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

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 2014-15 school year, University of San Diego is providing Yellow Ribbon scholarship in the amount of:

  • $8,466 for undergraduate students
  • $7,448 for graduate and doctoral students

USD Yellow Ribbon Program is awarded after Post-9/11 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 above rates per academic year.

Example Fall 2014 Spring 2014
Tuition & Fees $21,454/semester $21,454/semester
VA Post-911 $20,235.02 $0
Unmet tuition $1218.98 $21,454
USD YRP $609.49 $7,856.51
VA YRP match $609.49 $7,856.51
Student due $0 $5,740.98

How is the award posted on student accounts?

Financial Aid office will pre-post either VA Post 9/11 or USD Yellow Ribbon scholarship on student account 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?

Once you have been accepted to USD you will need to apply online. If you are a transfer student already established using the VA benefit you must complete a VA form 22-1995 Change of Place or Training Program. You will need to email a copy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility letter and DD-214 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

Marvin Veneracion
VA Certifying Official
Phone: 619-260-4600 x2032

Office Information

Location: UC Hahn 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

Contact Information

Military and Veteran Students
Hahn University Center 225
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-7483