Thomas Jefferson University

Veterans Benefits

Thomas Jefferson University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides assistance to veterans with 100% eligibility of Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® whose cost of tuition and fees exceeds the annual tuition cap. The 2020-2021 annual cap is $25,162.14. Once the annual cap is reached, a Yellow Ribbon Grant can then assist with the cost of tuition. The school's grant is matched by the VA. Schools may set limitations on the number of recipients, as well as the maximum amount of a Yellow Ribbon Grant. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program. Child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100 percent rate.

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This option allows service members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The Department of Defense (DOD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits. Once approved, the new beneficiaries apply for the benefits through the VA.

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This scholarship provides the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) to children of service members who have died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Effective January 1, 2015, the law expands eligibility for the Fry Scholarship to include surviving spouses of members of the Armed Forces who died or die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.

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The Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30) (also called "MGIB" or "MGIB-AD") is an education benefit that provides up to 36 months of full-time payments to eligible veterans and service members for approved education and training programs. This benefit pays directly to the student.  Students must verify their enrollment monthly via the WAVE Certification process.

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Veterans must meet with their Veteran Readiness Counselor to develop an education plan. This benefit may cover the entire cost of tuition and fees. Students must request a Tungsten Authorization to be carried out by their VRE counselor to send a Purchase Order to the school.  Once submitted, the SCO will process an invoice to the VRE counselor to pay the school’s tuition and fees.

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This is an education benefit for service members who have served on active duty for at least 90 days after September 10, 2001, or were discharged with a service connected disability after 30 consecutive days. An honorable discharge (character of service) is required for veterans. Service members with at least 3 years of active duty are eligible at the 100% level. Benefits are pro-rated for those with less than 3 years of service.

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This program provides educational assistance to spouses and dependents of veterans who have died or are totally and permanently disabled, as a result of their service, and may be able to assist with the cost of tuition and fees. This benefit pays directly to the student.

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This program is for members of the Selective Reserve and National Guard who have enlisted or re-enlist in the select reserve with an obligation to serve 6 or more years on or after July 1, 1985. In order to be eligible for this benefit, the member will have had to complete their IDAT (initial date active training). A Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) form should be obtained from one's unit and provided to the school. Chapter 1606 expires once a service member has separated from the reserves. This benefit pays directly to the student. Students must verify their enrollment monthly via the WAVE Certification process.

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The Pennsylvania National Guard EAP funds a student’s tuition only.  It’s the student’s responsibility to contact their unit to ensure they are able to receive these benefits.  Please follow this link for more information about the program.


How Do I Apply?

  • Complete the Veterans Online Application to apply for your benefits.
  • Apply to transfer your benefits to your spouse or child.
  • Please check your program's eligibility through WEAMS. Failure to do so may result in benefits not being paid.
  • Access your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) through eBenefits or through your local RPO office. Find your local office here.
  • Complete the VA Enrollment Confirmation Form and submit it to the Office of Academic Services. Note: this form must be done every semester to receive your benefits.

Please Note:

  • The eligibility criteria and benefit aspects of the programs are complex and it is ultimately VA’s responsibility to determine eligibility for individual programs. 
  • Filling out the VA Enrollment Confirmation form does not guarantee you for Yellow Ribbon. A separate application will be supplied in the near future to determine your eligibility.
  • While VA benefits may cover the majority of a students' education, it does not guarantee that they will cover them in full. It is highly recommended that students' fill out FAFSAs each year to help supplement any funding they may receive from VA.

Questions?

Vincent Guarnere
Student Services Coordinator
VA School Certifying Official
vincent.guarnere@jefferson.edu
(215) 503-8734 (phone)
(215) 923-6974 (fax)

Important Resources

www.va.gov/education

(888) 442-4551

Use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to compare benefits by school and learn about education programs.

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