GI Bill Educational Benefits and the Yellow Ribbon Program
Union College is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and its commitment to provide educational opportunities and resources for U.S. Veterans. Congress passed the Post 9-11 GI Bill to enable affordability for eligible participants at public and private colleges and universities as well as other educational programs. In some cases, the resources provided by the Veterans Administration combined with the Union College award enable the qualified applicants to enroll at Union at minimal cost.
The Post-9-11 GI Bill provides educational resources for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001 with at least 90 days of aggregate service, or individuals who were discharged as a result of a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001. Individuals must also have received an honorable discharge for consideration of the Post 9-11 GI Bill. The level of eligibility ranges from 40% - 100% depending on the actual length of time of active duty after September 10, 2001.
Veterans who are eligible at the 100% level may receive payments from the Veterans Administration covering the following:
- Tuition and fees – up to a maximum of $21,970.46 for the 2016/17 academic year
- A monthly housing allowance
- A stipend to cover the cost of books
Veterans who qualify for benefits at less than the 100% level will receive prorated amounts for the benefits listed above. In some instances, individuals may transfer their benefits to their spouse or dependent children. More detailed information regarding the specific levels of eligibility and transfer of benefits is available on the GI Bill Website.
Students receiving Veterans benefits may also qualify for Institutional, Federal, and State financial aid programs. Application requirements are available on the financial aid website.
As a participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, qualified applicants must self-identify as Yellow Ribbon eligible on their admission application. Union College will fund up to four Yellow Ribbon awards for the 2016/17 academic year. These awards are granted on a first-come, first served basis. Qualified Veterans will receive $29,725 (2016/17) in Union Scholarship, which when combined with the Veterans assistance, will cover the cost of tuition and fees. Please note that eligibility for Yellow Ribbon is limited to applicants who are eligible at the 100% level.
Upon submission of your application to the Veterans Administration for benefits, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility which must be completed by the School Certifying Official in the Registrar’s office. Please send this form to Drew Lentz, Assistant Registrar and School Certifying Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org for certification.