Veterans Initiative

Post-9/11 GI Bill

Effective August 1, 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education. Additional information on exact benefits and criteria for eligibility is available.

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 $22,805.34 for their academic year. Mandatory fees exclude room and board, study abroad fees, parking fees, penalty fees, health fees or other fees not mandated by the university for all students in a specific program. Generally, veterans 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.

Additional information on basic benefits, eligibility requirements and transferability of benefits to dependents is available.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows schools to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to help fund the portion of the student's tuition and fees that exceeds actual tuition and fees of $22,805.34 per academic year for a private school.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, Fordham University has agreed to contribute 50% of those expenses up to a maximum of $21,150 for undergraduate students and up to a maximum of $28,925 for graduate students and $28,925 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-9/11 benefits are expected to cover tuition and mandatory fees at all schools.

Fordham’s Yellow Ribbon agreement for the 2017 – 2018 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 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. The maximum number of students per degree level in each college are capped at:
  Rose Hill Campus Lincoln Center Campus Westchester Campus Law School
Undergraduate 190 200 35  
Graduate 25 85 30 30
Doctoral 20 20 15  
  • Award institutional aid that covers 50% of the tuition expenses that exceed the $22,805.34 cap set by the VA up to a maximum of $21,150 per academic year for undergraduate programs and up to a maximum of $28,925 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.

Additional information on Yellow Ribbon eligibility is available.

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.
  • 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 Westchester – Seton Heslin-Scott, Certifying Officer, FAX 718-817-3921
For Lincoln Center – Mara Saumell, Certifying Officer, FAX 718-817-3921
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. Additional information on eligibility criteria and how to apply is available.

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. Students are highly encouraged to complete the financial aid application process in advance of their VA benefits exhausting to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional aid. Additional information on filing for financial aid is available

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, click here or call 1-888-GIBILL-1.

For Fordham Admission information, contact atreantafeles@fordham.edu.

For Veterans FAQS, click here. For more information on financial aid, please visit Fordham University's Financial Aid web page.

To contact Financial Aid, email financialaid@fordam.edu