Educational Benefits

There are two steps needed in order to get your benefits processed: 

  1. Apply for your educational benefits with the V.A. 
  2. Fill out the V.A. benefit form for the term you are registered for classes.
    • If you are a new student, attach your Certificate of Eligibility to the form for USD.

V.A. Education Benefit Form

The University of San Diego Military and Veterans Program is excited to process education benefits from the Veterans Administration such as the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®. ALL students wishing to use VA education benefits of any kind must fill out this form for each term, even if they are currently or have previously processed benefits. 

Admitted and continuing students using VA education benefits submit this form to have their education benefits processed each semester. (Law School and Paralegal Students do not use this form. They should contact their individual program.)

For assistance, please contact Nelson Chase, our Veterans Compliance Coordinator:

Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® users, please have the following information ready when completing this form:
1. USD student ID#
2. A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility letter from the VA or a screenshot from outlining your benefit entitlement and eligibility.
3. Your major/degree program and start date.

The Spring 2019 form is now closed. Please contact Nelson Chase if you need to certify for this semester.

Request to Certify Form-Summer 2019

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.

Disclaimer: Each student's award is unique and financial aid packages will be recalculated according to multiple policies for different sources of funding. Students should consult with Financial Aid directly once their financial aid package has been adjusted to reflect the G.I. Bill® and Yellow Ribbon amount with the new USD Gift Aid amounts.

USD Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Program

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.

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 2018-19 school year, University of San Diego is providing Yellow Ribbon scholarship in the amount of:

  • $9,750 for undergraduate students
  • $7,273 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.

The Undergraduate Tuition and fees for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 are $24,679/semester. The GI Bill provided $23,671.94 for the fall 2018 semester and $0 for the spring semester. The USD Yellow Ribbon Program provided $503.53 for the Fall 2018 semester and $9,246.47 in the Spring 2019 semester. The Veteran Affairs Yellow ribbon program matched both of those amounts each semester, respectively. For the Fall 2018 semester, $0 in tuition was due. For the Spring 2019 semester, $6,186.06 was due.
Example Fall 2018 Spring 2019
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees $24,679/semester $24,679/semester
VA Post-911 G.I. Bill® $23,671.94 $0
USD YRP $503.53 $9,246.47
VA YRP $503.53 $9,246.47
Tuition due $0 $6,186.06

Updated 10/15/18

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. 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 amount resets every year on Aug. 1). The limit for the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® beginning Aug. 1, 2018, is $23,671.94. The limit for Yellow Ribbon (added after the Post 9/11 limit is reached) at USD in 18-19 is around 18,000 (split between the VA and USD). You must be using months/days of your benefit to receive Yellow Ribbon Funds. 

Updated 10/15/2018