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Veterans Admissions FAQ

How do I receive entry into the Yellow Ribbon Program?
Enrollment into the Yellow Ribbon program is automatic if the veteran or dependent has 100% eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Having the Yellow Ribbon effectively meaning you will pay no tuition or fees.

  • Yellow Ribbon does not cover room and board, or parking fees.

To be enrolled in the Yellow Ribbon program the School's Certifying Official (SCO) needs your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and DD-214. Fordham does have a cap on how many people can be in the Yellow Ribbon per program. However, there is currently no shortage of available Yellow Ribbon seats in all programs.

Contact Seton Helsin-Scott, heslinscott@fordham.edu, to determine if Yellow Ribbon seats are available for your program. The Yellow Ribbon will be extended to Active Duty Service members effective August 1, 2022.

Contact the School's Certifying Officials for additional questions about the Yellow Ribbon program. Rose Hill SCO, Seton Heslin-Scott, heslinscott@fordham.edu or Lincoln Center SCO, Mara Saumell msaumell@fordham.edu


How do I know if I have 100% of post-9/11 benefits?
Your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA states (a) what percentage of the service member has been awarded benefits and (b) remaining benefits. Example, 36 months remaining of your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. Apply for your COE. The COE can take a few weeks to be received, so don't wait to apply. You can apply before being accepted to Fordham. Having your COE before starting classes is imperative to ensure your BAH and Book Stipend begin on time. Learn moreabout the percentages associated with the post-9/11 GI Bill.


How do I apply for benefits?
The first step in applying for benefits is to complete the application process on the Education and Training and eBenefits websites, and state that you intend on attending Fordham.


My spouse is active duty and would like to give me their post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Can I attend Fordham?
Absolutely. However, the monthly living allowance (BAH) generally associated with the GI Bill will not be applicable in your case. The tuition and fees will be covered.


I’ve always wanted to study abroad. Could I use my benefits to study abroad through Fordham?
Yes, that is possible. Please note there might be out-of-pocket fees required to be paid (i.e. airfare, application fees, etc.). The BAH would continue per usual and the tuition would be covered just like you were stateside. Please refer to the VAs FAQ worksheet.


I can’t find any information online concerning my GI Bill benefits. Can you help?
It is always best to hear information directly from the source. The VA can grant you information specific to your situation, e.g. benefits percentage. You can contact the VA directly at 888-442-4551. An online resource that may be helpful is https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/.


I’d like to pursue a master's degree in Social Work. However, I’m worried that I will not meet the “full-time” credit requirement for my benefits eligibility. Does the VA recognize fieldwork as part of a degree plan?
The full-time status for the MSW program is 12 credits. For the post 9/11 GI bill, the Certifying Official would indicate that 12 credits is full time when certifying an MSW student.

If someone in this program is taking less than 12 credits but is enrolled in a Field Work class, the Certifying Official would indicate this in the VA certification under the "clock hour" designation. The VA may use this clock hour designation for field work to "bump up" your BAH to the full-time rate as a result.

Additionally, as with all graduate programs, a student may be registered for less than the full-time credits and still be considered full time by the department. Usually, this has to do with work outside the classroom (ie. dissertation research ). Academic Records will update your file to "full time" based upon the completion of forms from your department supporting this.


I am interested in the Real Estate program offered by Fordham. Is this covered by the VA?
Currently, the Real Estate certificate program is a nondegree, zero credit program thru the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. The Post 9/11 VA program covers matriculated programs which are credit-bearing. Unfortunately, it would not be covered by the Post 9/11 program. The Master of Science in Real Estate program is eligible for the Post 9/11 VA program.