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Education Benefits for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs is your best source for information about all VA educational benefits programs. You can contact the VA directly at 1.888.GIBILL.1 (1.888.442.4551).

Puget Sound is unable to determine which VA benefit program is most appropriate for you. Please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs for help in identifying the benefits for which you qualify.

Yellow Ribbon Program
Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Services Program (VR&E)
Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill
Chapter 35: Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

Yellow Ribbon Program

Puget Sound is pleased to be a participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program).

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. Puget Sound has agreed to contribute the maximum percentage rate of 50%, making a private university education very affordable.

Eligibility requirements: To be considered for Yellow Ribbon benefits, you must be a first time undergraduate student eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit (Chapter 33) at the maximum benefit rate of 100%.

How to apply for Yellow Ribbon benefits: Please forward a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the Student Financial Services office to be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

University of Puget Sound
Student Financial Services
1500 N Warner #1039
Tacoma, WA 98416-1039

Fax: 253.879.8508

In person: University of Puget Sound, Jones Hall, Room 019

Terms & Conditions of Yellow Ribbon benefits

  1. Yellow Ribbon funding is available for fall and spring semesters only and cannot be applied to summer enrollment.
  2. Yellow Ribbon funding may only be applied towards Puget Sound tuition, not room, board, or other expenses. 
  3. Yellow Ribbon funding is only available to students planning to participate on a study abroad program if they are eligible for their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits while abroad. VA cannot pay any benefits for study abroad unless the student is REQUIRED to study abroad as part of their degree program.
  4. To receive Yellow Ribbon funding, students must be maintaining both Satisfactory Academic Progress and good academic standing.

Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill

The tuition and fees payment is made directly to the school on behalf of the student once the school’s enrollment certification is processed.

The tuition and fees payment is capped at $20,235.02 for the academic year, and is prorated based on the student's length of service. The Certificate of Eligibility (COE) will reflect the student's eligibility percentage.

The academic year for VA benefits is from August 1 to August 1. If you use your full capped benefits during the fall and spring semesters, you will not be eligible to receive benefits during the summer term.

VA cannot pay any benefits for study abroad unless the student is REQUIRED to study abroad as part of their degree program.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Services Program (VR&E)

The tuition and fees payment is made directly to the school on behalf of the student once the school’s enrollment certification is processed.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill

The monthly benefit is paid directly to the student. Education benefit payment rates

Chapter 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

The monthly benefit is paid directly to the student. Education benefit payment rates