Federal Veterans Benefit Information

Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008

This law established a program at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide benefits for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The program provides benefits for up to four years based on a proportional calculation of 36 months of duty for up to four academic years' of annual assistance. As of 2011-2012 academic year, the maximum total annual award is $17,500.

Students who began their program of study at a New York State institution prior to the 2011-2012 academic year will be grandfathered into the program and can receive a tuition benefit up to the amount of the highest in-state public university undergraduate tuition, $1,010 per credit based on the 2010-2011 tuition at the State University of New York.

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

Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit (based on service requirements) are eligible to receive this funding. You may be eligible if

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001 of at least 36 months
  • Or you were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001
  • 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 ransfer of benefit policy and information, go to GI Bill at the Department of Defense website.

Veterans eligible for the maximum benefit who are admitted to The New School for Public Engagement Undergraduate Programs will have the majority of their tuition covered by the Post-9/11 GI benefit (up to 17 credits for the 2011-2012 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 the New School tuition and the GI benefit.

More information about the Post 9/11 Veterans Assistance Act of 2009 is available online at www.gibill.va.gov.

Yellow Ribbon Education Enhancement Program

The New School participates in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' new GI program. By enrolling in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program and providing additional scholarships that are matched by the government, the university is able to offer full tuition benefits to 20 qualifying veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is set up by a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, which is described above.

As a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, The New School will meet 50 percent of charges remaining after the base New York State maximum tuition benefit is applied. Because the program provides dollar-for-dollar matching funds for any voluntary tuition support by schools where tuition costs more than the highest in-state public university program, qualified veterans can attend The New School with all tuition paid.

Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) are eligible to receive this funding. You may be eligible if

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months
  • Or you were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001
  • 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. Review the draft rules for transer of benefits (pdf).

Benefits are available for training beginning after August 1, 2009 for qualifying veterans accepted to a degree program at the university. Applications are considered on a first-come first-served basis, and you must complete an application to notify us of your interest in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The completed scholarship application package must be submitted no later than August 1 of the academic year for which the veteran intends to enroll. Submit the application to:

Lisa Banfield, Associate Director of Financial Aid
Student Financial Services
The New School
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10003

Yellow ribbon program frequently asked questions

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program? [+]


The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest in-state public university undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50 per cent of those expenses and VA will match the institution's contribution.

How does the Yellow Ribbon Program benefit me? [+]


The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays for tuition and fees up to the highest in-state public university undergraduate tuition rate. Your tuition and fees may well exceed that amount if you are attending a private institution or public or private graduate school or are paying fees at a public school as an out-of-state student. If you are enrolled at a Yellow Ribbon participating institution and your tuition and fees exceed the highest public university in-state undergraduate tuition, the Yellow Ribbon program can provide additional funds for your education without an additional charge to your entitlement.

Institutions that voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the VA choose the amount that they will contribute. VA will match that amount and issue payment directly to the institution

Am I eligible? [+]


Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) are eligible to receive this funding. You may be eligible if:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months
  • or you were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001
  • 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 transfer of benefits policy and rules, visit the GI Bill website.

Benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.

What portion of my expenses will be covered under the Yellow Ribbon Program?


What portion of my expenses will be covered under the Yellow Ribbon Program? [+]


The program covers the difference of the amount charged to the student by The New School and what has been paid by VA as educational assistance, as follows:

  1. Student's enrolled credit hours reported by the institution to the VA × VA's Maximum Credit Hour Charge for this state = Maximum Tuition Payable
  2. Compare the Maximum Tuition Payable with the amount charged to the student. VA will pay the institution the lesser amount.
  3. Compare the Maximum Single Term Fees approved for this state with the Single Term Fee amount charged to the student. VA will pay the institution the lesser amount.
  4. Add the amounts VA has paid for tuition and fees and compare that with the total amount charged to the student. Institutional charges that exceed what the VA has paid are the amount that could be covered by the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  5. Determine how much of that amount, up to one-half, the institution will cover with its own funds. The VA will then match that amount.
  6. The total benefit provided under the Yellow Ribbon Program cannot exceed the student's total tuition and fee charges.

Example: A veteran enrolls for 15 credit hours in the fall term, and the institution charges the student $18,485 for tuition and $1,393 in fees. The Maximum Charge Per Credit Hour for that state = $1,010 and the Maximum Fees for a Single Term = $12,697 (based on 2010-2011).

If the veteran enrolled in in Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts,

  1. VA will pay $15,150 of the $18,485 tuition charged (15 credit hours × $1,010 = $15,150)
  2. VA will pay $1,393 of the $1,393 fees charged
  3. VA will pay $16,543 of the total $19,878 that The New School has charged the student. The difference of $3,335 will be covered by the Yellow Ribbon Program. The New School will contribute up to $1,667.50 of the difference and VA will match that contribution.

Important note: Beginning July 2011, the annual tuition maximum covered by the VA is $17,500. So, for example:

Fall Tuition Charges:   $18,485
Spring Tuition Charges:   $18,485
Academic Year Charges:   $36,970
Maximum VA Benefit:   $17,500
Balance:   $19,470
Amount Covered by VA Under Yellow Ribbon:   $9,735
Amount Covered by TNS Under Yellow Ribbon:   $9,735

How do I apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program? [+]


Complete The New School Yellow Ribbon Education Enhancement program application. Remember: you must be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% rate to be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

How do I apply for benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill? [+]


Apply online at the VA Benefits website. VA will determine your eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and issue a Certificate of Eligibility. Your Certificate of Eligibility will also advise you if your service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Take your Certificate of Eligibility to Markita Gill in the University Registrar's Office at 79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor and ask that The New School certify your enrollment to the VA, including to the Yellow Ribbon Program. You cannot certify your own participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program directly to the VA.

Remember, to receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program:

  • You must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Your college or university must participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Your institution cannot have already offered Yellow Ribbon to more than the maximum number of individuals stated in their participation agreement
  • Your school must certify your enrollment to VA, including Yellow Ribbon program information.

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 degree and certificate programs. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved.

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 may use the benefit while they are between the ages of 18 and 26.

 
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