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Education Benefits for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 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 VA for help in identifying the benefits for which you qualify.

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

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 maximum tuition and fee reimbursement is capped at the national maximum rate and changes each academic year (August 1 to July 31).  Based on the veteran's length of service, a student may be eligible for a percentage of this rate. The Certificate of Eligibility (COE) will reflect the student's eligibility percentage. Please check the VA rate tables to determine payment rates.

The academic year for VA benefits is from August 1 to July 31. If you use your full capped benefits during the fall and spring semesters, you will not be eligible to receive Ch. 33 benefits during the summer term.

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% to eligible students, making a private university education very affordable. Please see eligibility requirements below.

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

Graduate Students - The School of Physical Therapy supports two incoming Doctor of Physical Therapy candidates through Yellow Ribbon per year. Candidates must be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefit (Chapter 33) at the maximum benefit rate of 100%. Offers of the two seats will be made on a first-come, first-served basis based on the academic year in which the student is admitted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Currently, no other University of Puget Sound graduate programs are participating in Yellow Ribbon.  If you are interested in another graduate program, please contact Student Financial Services to inquire about utilizing Ch. 33 benefits.

How to apply for Ch. 33 and Yellow Ribbon benefits
Please forward a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the Student Financial Services office.

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

Fax: 253.879.8508
Email: sfs@pugetsound.edu

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

Terms & Conditions of Yellow Ribbon benefits

1. Yellow Ribbon funding may only be applied towards Puget Sound tuition and fees, not room, board, or other expenses.
2. To receive Yellow Ribbon funding, students must be maintaining both Satisfactory Academic Progress and good academic standing.
3. Only courses that satisfy requirements outlined by the curriculum guide or graduation evaluation form can be certified for VA purposes.
 

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

Veteran Fee Waiver

Are you a veteran of the armed forces? Veterans are eligible for an application fee waiver for undergraduate admission. Please contact the Office of Admission for more information.

National Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255

If you or someone you love needs help please call.