DOD Agreement

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Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding
Fordham University has entered into a Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Education
Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the DoD Office of the Under Secretary
of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. The MOU underscores the University’s commitment
to comply with DoD requirements regarding institutional practices to accept tuition funds through
each Military Service Tuition Assistance Program in exchange for educational services. Some of
the key commitments of the College as required by the DoD MOU are described below.

No Incentive Payments for Student Enrollments or Securing Federal Financial Aid
Fordham University does not provide any commission, bonus, or other incentive payments
based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments, or federal financial aid (including Tuition
Assistance funds) to any of its employees, vendors or agents who are engaged in any student
recruiting, admission activities, or who make decisions regarding the award of student financial

No High-Pressure Recruitment Tactics
Fordham University refrains from using high-pressure recruitment tactics, such as making
multiple (three or more) unsolicited contacts with prospective students, including contacts by
phone, email, or in-person, and does not engage in same-day recruitment and registration for
the purpose of securing Service member enrollments.  At Fordham, we firmly believe that
enrollment decisions are to be made by the applicant and their family.

Points of Contact

Overall assistance:

The Office of Military & Veterans' Services assists future, current and former student veterans who are seeking advice on thier benefits, help with their applications, academic or financial advising, disability services or counseling, and advice about completion of studies or job searches. If we can't help you directly, we can certainly refer you to someone who can!

Andie Marais
Director of Military & Veteran Higher Education Engagement and Transition
(718) 817-3843  |  [email protected]
Click to schedule a 30-minute Zoom, Phone or in-person meeting with Andie

Matt Butler, MSgt, USMC (Ret.)
Senior Director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services
(718) 817-3032  |  [email protected]  
Schedule a 30-Minute Zoom, Phone or in-person meeting with Matt

Point of Contact for Title IV  and Financial Aid for Veterans and Military-Connected Students:

Danielle Di Lucia
Director of Compliance
Fordham University
Office of Student Financial Services
Thebaud Hall
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
P: (718) 817-3994
F: (718) 817-3817
[email protected]
Janine Felice-DiFonzo
Assistant Director
Student Financial Services
440 E. Fordham Road
Thebaud Hall
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 817-0439
[email protected]
Links to Financial Aid Information
Undergraduate Financial Aid
Graduate Financial Aid
Information about Fordham's Student Loan Cohort Default Rate (page 17) and other Financial Aid Statistics
See how we compare to other schools!

Return of Unearned Tuition Assistance Funds

Fordham University has a policy in which the University returns any unearned tuition assistance (TA) funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided to the military Service Branch. In instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, Service members are to inform the Office of Military and Veterans' Services immediately, and Fordham will work with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion. 

The schedule of return of unearned TA funds is as follows:


16-Week Course Withdraw submitted: 

  • before or during weeks 1–2 = 100% return 
  • during weeks 3–4 = 75% return 
  • during weeks 5–8 = 50% return 
  • during weeks 9–10 = 40% return
  • during weeks 11–16 = no return

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student
will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student
withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. In compliance with the DoD MOU, Fordham University will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis through at least 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending.

Therefore, if the student officially withdraws from the courses, the amount of unearned TA funds
is calculated from the day the student withdrew. If the student receives a grade of W
(administrative withdrawal), that is an unofficial withdrawal and the amount of unearned TA
funds is calculated from the date of the student’s last participation in the courses. In cases
where some or all of the Tuition Assistance must be returned to the DoD, the Service member
will be responsible for all balances remaining on their Fordham student account.

Any unearned Military TA funds will be returned directly to the Military Service, and not to the
Service member. The calculation of the return may result in the Service member owing a
balance to Fordham University. If the Service member withdraws due to a military service
obligation, the University will work with the Service Member to identify a solution that will not
result in a student debt for the returned TA portion.

Please view the detailed refund policy which pertains to the school or college you are attending.

Transfer Credit Policies and Procedures
The DoD MOU requires the University to disclose to Service members our credit transfer
agreements and policies regarding transfer credit to Service members before Service members’
enrollment.  Fordham University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies proudly
accepts military training credits that are recommended by the American Council on Education
(ACE), which helps service members and veterans obtain college credit for their military training
and experience.  All Service members are required to request their Joint Services Transcript
(JST) upon admission. Transcripts are reviewed on an individual basis and credit is applied
based upon course equivalency.

Activations and Readmission of Service Members Returning to the University After
Active Duty
If a student is activated during a semester, there are a number of options available depending
upon the time and length of the activation. Students should first discuss their activation with the
Office of Military and Veteran Services, as well as with their instructors, who in turn will consult
with advising deans in order to determine the best course of action. The options available range
from special arrangements for make-up work, to an incomplete grade, to withdrawal from a
course or semester.

Unless precluded by military necessity, a student must provide written notice of a uniformed
service obligation to the Office of Military and Veteran Services as far in advance of their
activation day as possible.

Fordham may not do the following:

  • Assign the member a failing grade
  • Reduce the member’s grade point average
  • Characterize any member’s absence(s) as unexcused, or
  • Assess a financial penalty on a member because of a withdrawal or leave of absence due to receiving orders for service.

Fordham must:

  • Refund all tuition and fees paid for the academic term to the appropriate party. Please note that the VA’s interpretation of the academic term is the term as reported to your State Approving Agency and VA.
  • Refund payments made by the student (or on behalf of the student) to the institution for housing. Please note that in this instance, the reference to housing is not the monthly housing allowance provided by the Post 9/11 GI Bill but rather housing costs such as dorm fees.


Fordham must take the following actions when a member takes a leave of absence from a course(s) due to receiving orders for a period of service:

  • Assign a grade of incomplete (or equivalent) for the course(s) during the term and
    Provide the opportunity to complete the term after the period of service.

Financial Aid Process
For information on the financial aid process, including the timeline for the application process,
please review the link to the  Undergraduate Financial Aid Process and the Graduate Financial