USD, Veterans Affairs Step Up to Support Toreros Who Serve

USD, Veterans Affairs Step Up to Support Toreros Who Serve

The gap in tuition and mandatory fees for eligible military connected undergraduate students will now go down to $0, thanks to the Yellow Ribbon Program at the University of San Diego. This applies to students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill including veterans, dependents children, and spouses pursuing an undergraduate degree at USD.

Starting in the 2020-2021 academic year, the USD Yellow Ribbon Program will categorize other university grants and scholarships already awarded to undergraduate military connected students as Yellow Ribbon Scholarships allowing the VA to match those awards, dollar for dollar, ensuring the student receives the full potential VA match without reducing their total USD scholarship amount.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® or Chapter 33. The program allows institutions of higher learning, such as USD, to enter into a voluntary agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to contribute funds to a veteran's unmet tuition and fee charges when these exceed the amount payable under Chapter 33. 

Currently, nearly 800 military connected students are enrolled at USD, one-half of which are pursuing an undergraduate degree. With the expansion of the Yellow Ribbon Program, USD will continue to support these students at our institution, and maintain that support through the completion of their degree.

“Our military-connected students are models of enlightened citizenship and serve as excellent examples for our entire Torero family,” said USD President James T. Harris III, D.Ed. “They are a vital part of our vision of setting the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university.”

The University of San Diego is proud of its long-standing partnership with the military, veterans and their families. USD has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top universities for veterans and the Military Times ranks the USD School of Business as one of the “Best for Vets.” USD’s School of Law offers free legal assistance through military and veterans’ programs, our Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering offers special programs for military-connected students, and the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science has teamed with the White House and other universities to educate current and future nurses on supporting the unique needs of our military-connected students.

— USD Media Relations

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