Many veterans of the United States Armed Forces can qualify for GI benefits under one or more of the following programs:
- Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Montgomery GI Bill
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
- Post Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
The GI Bill benefits include tuition payments, a monthly housing allowance, an annual stipend for books and supplies, as well as other benefits, depending upon the length, category and dates of service. Veterans are advised to visit the website of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
During the first two years of the Post 9/11 GI bill, the VA paid up to the highest in-state undergraduate tuition and fees for eligible veterans In the 2010-2011 academic year that rate in New York was $1,010 per credit for tuition and a maximum of $12,293 in required fees. Beginning August 1, 2011, the amount payable under the GI Bill changed from the highest in-state per credit rate to a cap of $17,500 per year.
However, those veterans who were enrolled at Fordham Law as of January 4, 2011 will be "grandfathered" into the program. The cap of $17,500 will be applied first and then the 2010-2011 in-state per credit rate will be applied.
Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program
The Yellow Ribbon GI Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 and was designed to help cover the costs of private institutions of higher learning whose tuitions exceed the amount the government pays the student veteran through the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning to enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expense that exceeds the portion paid by the VA. Fordham University is proud to be one of 1,100 or so colleges and universities to participate in this program.
To qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program a student must have been on active U.S. military duty for at least three years after September 10, 2001, or served 30 continuous days after September 20, 2001 before being discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability, or be a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria above.
To be considered for a Fordham Law Yellow Ribbon Program award, you must be enrolled in our JD Program or LLM Program and must be eligible for the maximum VA funds, as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
For further information contact the Department of Veterans' Affairs or toll free at 1.888.442.4551.
New York State Veteran Tuition Awards
Veteran Tuition Awards may be made for full or part-time study to Vietnam, Persian Gulf or Afghanistan veterans and to veterans who have served in other hostilities since February 28, 1961, matriculating at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York Sate. Learn more by going to www.hesc.com and searching for Veteran Tuition Awards.