Effective August 1, 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education. For more information on exact benefits and criteria for eligibility, click here.
Generally, the following individuals may be eligible. Only the VA can confirm your eligibility.
individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service on or after September 11, 2001, or
individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. The discharge must be an honorable discharge.
Tuition and Mandatory Fees Benefit
These benefits apply to both graduate and undergraduate education programs. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay for eligible individuals' tuition and mandatory fees (paid directly to the school) capped at $20,235.02 for their academic year. Mandatory fees exclude room and board, study abroad, parking fees, penalty fees, health fees or other fees not mandated by the university for all students in a specific program. Generally, vets receive up to 36 months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Tuition and fees are reported to the VA net of tuition specific aid, including scholarships, grants, waivers or other Federal, State (with the exception of New York State Tuition Assistance Program awards), institutional and employer-based assistance other than loans or any Title IV funds.
Transferability of Educational Benefits (TEB)
For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program, with the approval of the Department of Defense, may be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children beginning August 1, 2009.
For information on basic benefits, eligibility requirements and transferability of benefits to dependents, click here.
Yellow Ribbon Program
The Yellow Ribbon Program allows schools to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to help fund the portion of the student's tuition and fees that exceeds actual tuition and fees of $20,235.02 per academic year for a private school.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, Fordham University has agreed to contribute 50% of those expenses up to a maximum of $19,500 for undergraduate students and up to a maximum of $26,000 for graduate students and $26,000 for doctoral students. The VA will match the same amount that Fordham University is contributing dollar for dollar and issue payment directly to the University.
Fordham’s Yellow Ribbon agreement and basic Post -9/11benefits are expected to cover tuition and mandatory fees at all schools.
Fordham’s Yellow Ribbon agreement for the 2014 – 2015 academic year for students eligible for the maximum benefit rate of 100% (based on service requirements) will:
Offer assistance to a maximum of 650 eligible individuals, capped at 425 undergraduates,150 graduates and 75 doctoral students, on a first come, first served basis regardless of whether the student is full or part time.First come, first served is based on acceptance of admission or enrollment and the order in which the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is received by the certifying official of the university.
Award institutional aid that covers 50% of the tuition expenses that exceed the $20,235.02 cap set by the VA up to a maximum of $19,500 per academic year for undergraduate programs and up to a maximum of $26,000 per academic year for graduate programs or doctoral programs. Fordham assistance will be in the form of Fordham institutional aid identified as Yellow Ribbon funds.
Continue to assist Yellow Ribbon eligible students, with remaining entitlement per VA guidelines, in all subsequent academic years in which Fordham University chooses to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The student must maintain satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance as defined by Fordham University
Eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program
The Yellow Ribbon benefit is supplemental to the basic Post- 9/11 GI Bill.
Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate of 100% (based on service requirements) may receive Yellow Ribbon benefits from Fordham and the VA.
Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program per the VA.
For information on Yellow Ribbon eligibility, clickhere.
Applying for Post-9/11 and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Veterans at all benefit rates should:
Complete and submit the application form available online. To apply, click here.
You will receive your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA indicating your eligibility for the program and whether your service meets Yellow Ribbon Program requirements.
The Certificate of Eligibility (COE) must be given to the certifying officer at the appropriate Fordham University campus below.
For Rose Hill – Seton Heslin-Scott, Certifying Officer, FAX 718-817-3921
For Lincoln Center – Vojsava Vucinaj, Certifying Officer, FAX 212-636-6007
For Westchester – Seton Heslin-Scott, Certifying Officer, FAX 718-817-3921, Evette Nin (receipt of COE only)
For Law School – Ken Pokrowski, Certifying Officer, FAX 212-636-6982
Certification of enrollment and eligibility for VA benefits as well as certification of those selected for Fordham University’s Yellow Ribbon Program will be made to the VA. Certification at zero tuition and zero fees occurs in the month prior to the beginning of the term for registered students to allow for timely processing of housing allowance and book and supply stipend. Certifications for net tuition and fees occurs at the conclusion of the add/drop period of each semester to allow for financial aid resolution. Benefits will not be processed until you are enrolled.
John D. Fry Scholarship
• Eligibility for children of an active duty member of the Armed Forces killed in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.
• Eligible children are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level however are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
• Effective August 1, 2009, however payments will not be issued until August 1, 2010.
• Retroactive payments can be made to August 1, 2009.
• VA began accepting applications on May 1, 2010. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, click here.
Applying for Financial Aid
All veterans are strongly encouraged to apply for federal assistance at www.fafsa.ed.gov and state assistance at www.hesc.ny.gov and other outside assistance. Tuition and fee costs are reported to the VA net of tuition specific aid including scholarships, grants, waivers or Federal, State (with the exception of NYS TAP awards), institutional and employer-based assistance other than loans or any Title IV funds. Veterans will receive all Federal Title IV entitlements for which they are eligible. Outside scholarships that are not tuition specific can be used to offset charges not covered by financial aid or VA benefits.
Fordham University gift aid together with all other tuition benefits is limited to the total cost of tuition.
All aid and benefits must be in keeping with Chapter 33 Guidelines.
Related Links and Contact Information
For more information on the GI Bill, see www.gibill.va.gov or contact Department of Veterans Affairs at 888-442-4551.