VA Benefits

USD School of Law is pleased to continue its participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

Consideration for awards will be extended to Juris Doctor, Master of Science, Master of Laws, and Diploma in Taxation. Students. Details and eligibility guidelines for Post 9/11 benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, can be found at on the Department of Veterans Affairs website. You may also inquire with the VA by phone at 1888 GIBill1 (442-4551).

Under this program, USD School of Law has agreed to provide a direct tuition grant of $7,500 to qualifying veterans. The grant will be divided equally between the fall and spring terms. A student must be enrolled in at least 8 units of credit per semester in order to be eligible for funding. Students receiving the USD Yellow Ribbon grant may be eligible for a matching Yellow Ribbon grant from the VA for a total of up to $15,000.

VA regulations require that awards be made on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to be considered for grant funding the following procedure must be followed:

  • An applicant must be admitted as a regular student to the Juris Doctor, Master of Laws or Master in Legal Studies program at USD School of Law and must be in a current status in regard to the required seat deposits. Visiting students are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits through USD.
Applicant must receive 100% of the benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® Program and have remaining eligibility as established by the VA.
  • Applicants must submit their Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the law school Records and Registrar office. A consideration list will then be established and students will be notified in strictly date of receipt order about their eligibility for this grant.
  • A student who receives a Yellow Ribbon Grant will be given priority in subsequent years to receive it as long as the requirements listed below apply:
    • Student must annually re-confirm interest to the Records Office by the July 1 deadline. This can be accomplished by a letter or email indicating interest in continuing participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
    • Student must remain continuously enrolled in the original program and must maintain satisfactory progress in that program
    • Student must comply with all USD and VA guidelines and deadlines

USD School of Law will review its participation and reapplication in the Yellow Ribbon Program on an annual basis.


College Financing Plan

The College Financing Plan (CFP) (formerly known as the Federal Shopping Sheet) was created to help students compare college financial aid offers. USD Law has made this tool available within the MySanDiego portal, which may be accessed on the Law Student page by clicking on the Financial Aid Status link and then selecting College Financing Plan from the tabs across the top of the page. 

Please note that data may only appear if you have completed your Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and you have been offered financial aid. Veteran benefits may not be available on the CFP (these benefits are viewable at the bottom of the CFP under other resources) if you have not submitted all paperwork for certification of your benefits. USD Law updates information as needed based on the amount of financial aid being offered or changes in your veteran benefits.

Any questions regarding the Veterans Benefits programs may be addressed to the law school Records and Registrar office by calling (619) 260-4526.


Department of Veterans Affairs
Western Region
VA Regional Office
P.O. Box 8888
Muskogee, OK 74402-8888
(888) 442-4551
(1-888-GI Bill-1)

USD VA Certifying Official
Erik Kim-Holmgren
(619) 260-7888