The U.S. government offers a variety of education benefits for veterans and active service members. The most commonly used programs are outlined below.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website for Veterans Affairs.
Post-9/11 GI Bill®
The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers higher-education and training benefits to veterans and service members who served after Sept. 10, 2001, as well as to their families. Benefits include:
- payment of tuition and fees up to an annual maximum
- a monthly housing allowance
- a stipend for books and supplies
Tuition funds are paid directly to the school, while the housing allowance and book stipend are paid directly to the student. For more information, see the VA’s Education and Training website.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill allows service members to transfer all or some unused education benefits to their spouse or dependent children. For more information, see the VA’s Web page on transferability options.
The Yellow Ribbon Program supplements the Post-9/11 GI benefit at participating private universities, like Yale. Yellow Ribbon provides additional funding for tuition costs above the 9/11 GI Bill maximum. Students must qualify for 100% of the 9/11 GI benefit to receive the Yellow Ribbon supplement. For more information, see the VA’s Education and Training website.
The amount of Yale’s Yellow Ribbon funding for students differs by school. For details on the maximum benefit provided for Yale College and for the graduate and professional schools, see the VA’s Yellow Ribbon benefits table.
Montgomery GI Bill®
The Montgomery GI Bill offers higher-education and training benefits to veterans and service members who agree to a specified reduction in pay during their first year of active service. For more information, see the VA’s Education and Training website.
Veterans and service members who have service-connected disabilities may be eligible for education benefits under the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program. For more information, see the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program website.
Applying for VA benefits
Choosing a program
You may qualify for more than one type of VA education benefit. Because applying for a certain education benefit could affect your eligibility for others, you should consider your options before selecting a benefit program. The VA provides resources to help you choose the best benefits for you and your family:
Certificate of Eligibility
The first step for using your educational benefits at Yale is to provide us with the Certificate of Eligibility you received from your VA benefits administrator. See the VA website for instructions on how to apply for this certificate. For assistance, contact your regional VA office.
Copies of your Certificate of Eligibility should be submitted to Student Financial Services and the University Registrar’s Office; graduate and professional students should also submit a copy to their school’s financial aid office.
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
ROTC provides Yale College students the opportunity to pursue their regular Yale degrees while preparing for leadership in the military services. Regardless of financial need, participating students may receive significant help in meeting the costs of a Yale education.
Yale hosts both Air Force and Naval ROTC programs. Both offer courses and actively train on campus with a residential cadre of military personnel. For more information, please visit Yale’s ROTC website.