The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides education benefits for eligible veterans. Many veterans and active duty personnel may qualify for an education benefit program.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Vermont Law School has elected to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Eligible veterans who are admitted to Vermont Law School may qualify for tuition benefits. Effective August 1, 2012, the maximum tuition and fee entitlement for students enrolled in a private institution is $18,077.50 annually. Should there be remaining tuition charges after the entitlement benefits have been applied, eligible veterans can receive additional tuition assistance through the matching Yellow Ribbon Program. Vermont Law School voluntarily contributes up to $15,000 annually per student.
Veterans should apply for these benefits through their VA Office and notify the Financial Aid Office of their pending application so their financial aid may be coordinated accordingly. The Financial Aid Office handles all VA paperwork for the law school and certification documents should be directed to the Veterans Coordinator in that office.
Any Vermont Law School institutional scholarship previously awarded prior to the determination of VA benefits will be replaced with Yellow Ribbon funds. All Yellow Ribbon beneficiaries will be allowed to carry an account balance without penalty if they have received approval from the Financial Aid and Business Offices.
Verify Your Eligibility
You may verify your eligibility with your state VA Education Office: http://www.va.gov/statedva.htm.
Check these VA resources for more information:
Yellow Ribbon Program: http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/yellow_ribbon_program.html
Post-911 GI Bill: http://www.gibill.va.gov/.