Post 9/11 GI Bill Educational Benefits
The Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits provide educational and housing benefits for Veterans who have completed at least 90 days of active duty after September 10th, 2001 or who were discharged due to a disability after at least 30 days of service. Benefits of this program became effective on August 1, 2009. Veteran students under the Post 9/11 GI Bill Program are eligible to receive up to $17,500 for tuition and fees depending on length of service. Tuition and fees will be paid directly to the school by the VA at the beginning of each semester; books and living expense benefits will pay directly to the student. All Veterans must complete Enrollment Verication with AU's Certifying official by the begining of the Fall semester.
Yellow Ribbon Program
The Yellow Ribbon Program is a benefit of the Post 9/11 GI Bill to bridge the gap between the highest undergraduate in-state tuition and fees and tuition and fees charged at a private institution of study. This benefit is subject to a partnership between the VA and VA approved institutions. Veterans must apply for a certificate of eligibility from the VA and meet a first-come-first-served application requirement at their institution. In order to qualify for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits a Veteran must have served at least 36 months on active duty after September 10, 2001 or be discharged due to a disability after at least 30 days of service. American University has signed an agreement with the Department of Veteran Affairs that provides matching funds to eligible students who meet first-come-first-served application guidelines.
2012-2013 Yellow Ribbon Application
Incoming Veterans must submit their VA Certificate of Eligibility with AU's VA Certifying official by May 1, 2012. Current active duty service members who will be discharged/retired and therefore eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits in the fall must provide documentation from Veteran Affairs indicating their eligibility by the start of the semester. Continuing WCL veterans who are already receiving Yellow Ribbon benefits do not need to re-apply. Veterans may also access comprehensive information on the Yellow Ribbon Program for AU Veterans at the main campus Yellow Ribbon site.
Active Duty Servicepersons - Under Post 9/11 GI Bill
Active duty students under the Post 9/11 GI Bill are eligible to receive 100% of tuition and fees, but receive no book or living expense allowances. Active duty servicepersons, therefore, are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits.
*If you are part of the Montgomery GI Bill Program (Chapter 30), please refer to the VA website (http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/benefits.htm#MGIBAD) for further information.