Veteran Affairs (VA) Benefits

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If you are a ROTC student or a yellow ribbon participant and receive institutional aid, please read the information below.

Military friendly school

Cedarville University is a military friendly school. Whether you are a veteran, reservist, or active duty, Cedarville allows you to use your education benefits to meet your goals. We have an increasing number of students using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits... The Yellow Ribbon program is one of the best ways to maximize your financial aid package. Contact the Office of the Registrar to speak with a certifying official about Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefit

The new Post-9/11 GI Bill provides education benefits for service members who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since September 10, 2001. These benefits are tiered based on the number of days served on active duty, creating a benefit package that gives current and previously activated National Guard and Reserve members the same benefits as active duty service members.

Once the VA has received your application, the VA will determine your eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and issue you a Certificate of Eligibility. Use VA Form 22-1990 to apply. The form includes instructions to begin the process. All other VA forms can be found on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Education benefits include the following:

The Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit pays up to 100 percent of the public in-state tuition and fees but only covers up to $19,198.31 a year for private colleges and universities, potentially leaving the student with a balance to pay. In these cases, the Yellow Ribbon program reduces the amount of out-of-pocket expenses, up to covering 100 percent of the total cost of the student’s education.

Like the other Post-9/11 GI Bill programs, Yellow Ribbon benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.

To qualify to receive Yellow Ribbon benefits, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months
  • Honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001
  • Dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above

There may be instances where a Yellow Ribbon recipient will have other institutional scholarships or grants. Cedarville University seeks to use institutional funding wisely in order for other students to receive funding. Thus, in cases where a student’s total financial aid is above direct University charges, Cedarville will reduce other forms of institutional gift-based aid. The examples below show how institutional gift-based aid will be reduced in these instances:

Example #1:

Johnny is awarded Cedarville University scholarships and grants that total $9,000. Johnny lives on campus and is also receiving the Yellow Ribbon award. His bill and financial aid is as follows:

Charges: Financial Aid
Tuition: $26,220 Dean’s Award: $7,000
Room/Board: $6,350 Access Grant: $2,000
Student Fees: $200 Chapter 33: $20,235.02
Total: $32,770 Yellow Ribbon (inst./VA portion): $6,184.98
  Total: $35,420

In the above example, Johnny has a CR balance of $2,650 that is derived from institutional funds. In this case, Cedarville University will reduce the amount of the Dean’s Award scholarship and/or Access Grant to allow for room and board to be covered 100 percent (aid will be reduced from $9,000 to $6,350). The Yellow Ribbon student will have $1,000 toward books and supplies and receive, on average, $1,000 per month for living expenses. If an outside scholarship is awarded to the student, Cedarville University will reduce additional amounts proportionally.

Example #2:

Mary is awarded Cedarville University scholarships and grants that total $6,000. Mary lives off campus and is also receiving the Yellow Ribbon award. Her bill and financial aid is as follows:

Charges: Financial Aid
Tuition: $26,220 Faculty Award: $4,000
Student Fees: $200 Access Grant: $2,000
Total: $26,520 Chapter 33: $20,235.02
  Yellow Ribbon (inst./VA portion): $6,284.98
  Total: $32,520

In the above example, Mary has a CR balance of $6,000 that is derived from institutional funds. In this case, Cedarville University will reduce the amount of the Faculty Award scholarship and/or Access Grant since the student will not incur any additional University charges (aid will be reduced from $6,000 to $0). The Yellow Ribbon student will have $1,000 toward books and supplies and receive, on average, $1,000 per month for living expenses. If an outside scholarship is awarded to the student, Cedarville University will reduce additional amounts proportionally.

Example #3:

Cooper is awarded Cedarville University scholarships and grants that total $9,000. Cooper also receives an outside scholarship of $1,000. Cooper lives on campus and is also receiving the Yellow Ribbon award. His bill and financial aid is as follows:

Charges: Financial Aid
Tuition: $26,220 Dean’s Award: $7,000
Room/Board: $6,350 Access Grant: $2,000
Student Fees: $200 Outside Scholarship: $1,000
Total: $32,770 Chapter 33: $20,235.02
  Yellow Ribbon (inst./VA portion): $6,184.98
  Total: $36,420

In the above example, Cooper has a CR balance of $3,650 that is derived from institutional funds and the outside scholarship. In this case, Cedarville University will reduce the amount of the Dean’s Award scholarship and/or Access Grant to allow for room and board to be covered 100 percent (institutional aid will be reduced to $5,350). The Yellow Ribbon student will have $1,000 toward books and supplies and receive, on average, $1,000 per month for living expenses. Institutional gift-based aid and the outside scholarship cover room and board.