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  • Federal Veterans Benefit Information

    Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008

    Under this law, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provide higher education benefits for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The program covers tuition and provides a stipend for housing and books for up to four years.

    Tuition assistance is based on a proportional calculation based on veterans who have completed 36 months of duty being entitled to financial assistance for up to four academic years. The current maximum total annual award is $19,198.31 (based on the highest New York State public university tuition in 2013-2014).

    For eligible veterans attending school full-time, the program also provides a monthly housing allowance based on military housing benefit rates and an annual stipend of $1,000 for books and supplies.

    At The New School, only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit (based on the 36 months service requirement) receive this funding.

    Eligibility

    You may be eligible if:

    • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001 of at least 36 months.
    • Or if you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001 and were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability.
    • Or you are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above. For more information about the transfer of benefit policy, go to the Department of Veteran's Affairs website (see link below).

    Veterans eligible for the maximum benefit who are admitted to the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students at The New School for Public Engagement will have their tuition covered by the Post-9/11 GI benefit (up to 17 credits for the academic year).

    Veterans eligible for the maximum benefit who are accepted into any other degree program at The New School can apply for the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship to help cover the difference between their total tuition and the maximum Post-9/11 GI benefit.

    More information is available from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Obtaining Benefits Under the Post 9/11 Veterans Assistance Act

    Apply online at the VA Benefits website. If you meet the service requirements, the Department of Veterans Affairs will issue a Certificate of Eligibility (also applicable to the Yellow Ribbon Program below). After you register for courses, take your Certificate of Eligibility to the University Registrar's Office at 72 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor and have The New School certify your enrollment to the VA. You cannot certify your own participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program directly to the VA.

    Yellow Ribbon Education Enhancement Program

    The New School participates in this new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' GI program. By providing scholarships that are matched by the government, the university is able to offer full tuition benefits to as many as 20 eligible veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

    The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is set up by a special provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 described above. The program provides dollar-for-dollar federal government matching funds for any voluntary tuition support by a college or university where tuition costs more than the highest in-state public university program in the state.

    The New School will meet 50 percent of tuition charges remaining after the maximum Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition award is applied. This makes it possible for qualified veterans to study at The New School with all tuition paid.

    The eligibility rules are the same as for the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

    Obtaining Yellow Ribbon Benefits

    You must have an offer of admission from and eligible New School academic program. The completed scholarship application package (PDF) must be submitted to The New School no later than August 1 of the academic year for which the veteran intends to enroll. The program is limited to 20 students. Applications are considered on a first-come first-served basis. Submit the application to

    Assistant Director of Financial Aid
    Student Financial Services
    The New School
    72 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor
    New York, NY 10003

    After you register for courses, take your VA Certificate of Eligibility to the University Registrar's Office at 72 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor and have The New School certify your enrollment to the VA. You cannot certify your own participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program directly to the VA.

    Other Veterans Education Benefit Programs

    More information is available from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (Chapter 30)

    The Montgomery GI Bill program provides up to 36 months of education benefits payable for 10 years following release from active duty. This benefit may be used for remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses as well as degree and certificate programs..

    Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

    This program provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserves, and the Army and Air National Guard. This program does not require active duty service to qualify.

    Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)

    REAP is an education program that provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), and National Guard who are called to active service. The educational assistance allowance payable under REAP is a percentage of the Montgomery GI Bill rate based on the number of continuous days served on active duty.

    Veterans Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 32)

    VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2-for-$1 basis by the government.

    Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

    This program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans who died or are permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. Spouses have 10 years from the date the VA establishes eligibility to use the benefit. Surviving spouses of veterans who died while on active duty have 20 years from the date of the veteran's death to use the benefit. Children of veterans may use the benefit while they are between the ages of 18 and 26.

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