Veterans Benefits

Veterans Financial Aid

The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program allows colleges and universities to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed that amount. The dollar amount of the benefit received will depend on the student's enrollment. The VA will issue payment directly to W&L.

Who is Eligible?

Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate may receive Yellow Ribbon funding. You may be eligible if:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months; or
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001; or
  • You are a 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.

How to Apply for Yellow Ribbon Benefits

Washington and Lee provides Yellow Ribbon funding to undergraduate students and law students. If you intend to use your Yellow Ribbon benefits, please contact the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible.

A separate application will need to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to determine your eligibility. If you are eligible, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility indicating you meet the requirements for Yellow Ribbon.  Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, please forward a copy to the Office of Financial Aid.

For more details on the program, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill site.

Other Veterans Educational Benefits

If you qualify for other veterans educational benefits, please notify our office. You will also need to initiate the required paperwork with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.