Overview of VA Educational Benefits

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Types of VA Education Benefits

All students* wishing to use VA education benefits of any kind must fill out a "Request to Certify" form each semester, even if they are currently or have previously processed benefits. 

*Law School and Paralegal Students do not use this form. They should contact their individual program.

Prospective Students: To estimate your benefits at the University of San Diego, use the G.I. Bill® Comparison tool created by the Dept of Veterans Affairs.

Request to Certify

Additional Resources

How to Apply for Your Benefits with the VA

Complete the application for Veterans Affairs (VA) Education Benefits on the VA website. The VA will determine your eligibility and mail your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to you in 30-45 days. With a COE, students can request to certify. 

  1. Are you a veteran? Submit VA Form 22-1990.
  2. Are you a dependent using transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits? Submit VA Form 22-1990E.
  3. Are you a dependent of a 100% disabled or deceased veteran? Submit VA Form 22-5490.
  4. Have you previously used your benefits at another institution? If you are a veteran, complete VA Form 22-1995. If you’re a dependent, complete VA Form 22-5495.

Ch 33: Post 9/11G.I. Bill®

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 in. 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. 
    • To view your Post-9/11 GI Bill® education enrollment status and entitlement, log on to your eBenefits account. 
  • For money, there are annual tuition limits that can be paid to you within a VA fiscal year (this amount resets every year on Aug. 1).
    •  You must be using months/days of your benefit to receive Yellow Ribbon Funds. 

Updated 04/23/2020

Benefits for 2020-2021 Academic Year

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 the 2020-2021 school year, University of San Diego is providing Yellow Ribbon scholarship in the amount of:

  • $13,896 for undergraduate students
  • $7,273 for graduate students
  • $7,871 for 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.

 Updated 04/23/2020

The GI Bill provided $25,162.14 for the fall semester and $0 for the spring semester. The USD Yellow Ribbon Program provided $634.93 for the Fall 2020 semester and $13,216 in the Spring 2021 semester. The Veteran Affairs Yellow Ribbon program matched both of those amounts each semester, respectively. For the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, students will have full coverage of their tuition and fees.
Example Fall 2020 Spring 2021
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees $26,432/semester $26,432/semester
VA Post-911 G.I. Bill® $25,162.14 $0
USD YRP $634.93 $13,216
VA YRP $634.93 $13,216
     
Tuition due $0 $0

The Undergraduate Tuition and fees for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 are $26,432 per semester.

The GI Bill provided $25,162.14 for the fall semester and $0 for the spring semester. The USD Yellow Ribbon Program provided $634.93 for the Fall 2020 semester and $13,216 in the Spring 2021 semester. The Veteran Affairs Yellow Ribbon program matched both of those amounts each semester, respectively. 

For the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, students will have full coverage of their tuition and fees.  

 

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Students (excluding active duty) receiving 100% eligible Chapter 33 Post 9/11 G.I. 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 G.I. 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.

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