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Student Veterans Services

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Student Veterans Services is an office within Tulane University's Office of the Registrar, that provides services to students who are eligible for VA education educational benefits. The office serves as a liaison between the student and the VA Regional Processing Office.

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Tulane University's Mandatory Veterans Enrollment Form

Starting with Spring 2019, Tulane University will require all students using veteran educational benefits, to complete the Veterans Enrollment Form.

The Veterans Enrollment form must be completed each semester (fall, spring or summer) in which the student wants to use their VA Educational Benefits.

Students that do not submit the Veterans Enrollment form in any given semester, will not be certified for VA Educational Benefits for that semester.

It is the student’s responsibility to report all enrollment changes to the Tulane University Student Veterans Services Office as soon as they occur to maintain disbursement of educational benefits. Changes in enrollment can be submitted via email to: veterans@tulane.edu

Veterans Enrollment Form

Yellow Ribbon Program

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Degree-granting institutions of higher learning participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program agree to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. These institutions voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA and choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA matches that amount and issues payments directly to the institution.

Instructions for Participation in the 2022-2023 Academic Year Yellow Ribbon Program

  • Students must be utilizing Chapter 33 Post 9/11 at 100% rate, including Active-Duty Service Members, their spouses, and dependents
  • The maximum participants for graduate students enrolled in The School of Public Health is capped at 10; these students are eligible to receive $1,000.00 per year
  • The maximum participants for graduate students enrolled in A.B. Freeman School of Business is capped at 20; these students are eligible to receive $25,000.00 per year
  • The participants for graduate students enrolled in The School of Professional Advancement (All Campuses) is unlimited for number of students and dollar amount
  • The participants for undergraduate students enrolled in The School of Professional Advancement (All Campuses) is unlimited for number of students; these students are eligible to receive $10,000.00 per year
  • The maximum participants for all others (undergraduate/graduate) students excluding Newcomb-Tulane, School of Professional Advancement, Graduate Public Health, and Graduate Business is capped at 8; these students are eligible to receive $1,000.00 per year
  • The maximum participants for undergraduates enrolled in Newcomb-Tulane is capped at 23; these students are eligible to receive $4,000.00 per year
    • 8 Undergraduate Newcomb-Tulane College
    • 3 Undergraduate School of Architecture
    • 3 Undergraduate School of Business
    • 3 Undergraduate School of Liberal Arts
    • 3 Undergraduate School of Public Health
    • 3 Undergraduate School of Science & Engineering
  • These amounts are matched by the VA; this program will be made available after you have exhausted the VA annual cap of $26,381.37

Tulane University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Tulane University's Yellow Ribbon Application

Tulane University accepts a limited number of Yellow Ribbon applications for each academic year beginning in the fall semester. Applications will be accepted on a first come/first serve basis or placed on a waitlist, if necessary.

A new Yellow Ribbon application is required once per academic year. If you submitted a Yellow Ribbon Application in Fall, you do not need to complete another application for the following Spring semester.

Application Eligibility

  • All students must possess a Certificate of Eligibility for the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill at the 100% level.
  • The student must not be using transferred benefits from a spouse that is currently on Active Duty.
  • Active duty personnel and spouses are NOT eligible for Yellow Ribbon.

Yellow Ribbon FAQs

Who is eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program?

To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon program a student:

  • must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill;
  • must have served an aggregate period of 36 months of active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001;
  • have been honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001; and,
  • must be a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on the service eligibility criteria listed above.

Effective August 1, 2018, Purple Heart recipients with an honorable discharge, as well as recipients of the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship may participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Effective August 1, 2022, active duty service members may participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.

What are the maximum tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill?

There is a tuition and fee cap for each academic year (August 1 – July 31). This cap can be paid towards net costs for tuition and fees at private and foreign branches of United States (U.S.) schools. Current tuition and fee caps are located at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.asp.

How does the Yellow Ribbon program work?

The Yellow Ribbon program can be paid towards net tuition and fee costs not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill at a U.S. public or private institution of higher learning (IHL).

For public IHLs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill can cover up to 100% of the net in-state charges, and the Yellow Ribbon program can be used to cover the remaining out-of-state charges for qualifying individuals.

Schools must report the actual net cost for in-state tuition and fees after the application of any waiver of, or reduction in, tuition and fees, and any scholarship, or other federal, state, institutional, or employer-based aid or assistance (excluding Title IV aid) that is designated for the GI Bill student for tuition and fees.

The difference, or a portion thereof, between the actual costs for tuition and fees and the amount of Post-9/11 GI Bill funds can be met through matching contributions under the Yellow Ribbon program for eligible students.

How does section 3679(c) of title 38, United States Code (U.S.C.), affect Yellow Ribbon program benefits?

Since public IHLs no longer charge out-of-state tuition and fee rates to “covered individuals” meeting the requirements in 38 U.S.C. 3679(c), the Yellow Ribbon program will not be applicable to those beneficiaries.

How are the Post-9/11 GI Bill maximum tuition and fee amounts (cap) applied for private and foreign branches of U.S. schools?

The cap is applied until it is exhausted. If the entire amount is not fully used in the first term, then the remainder will be applied to cover all or a portion of costs for the subsequent term.  Once the amount of the cap has been exhausted, then the difference between what the Post-9/11 GI Bill covers, and the tuition and fees charges could be met with Yellow Ribbon program funds (presuming the school participates in Yellow Ribbon) or with other financial aid. Please note that if the tuition and fees do not exceed the cap, then the Yellow Ribbon program funds are not awarded. Likewise, a student attending part-time may not need Yellow Ribbon program funds.

Will the cap for private and foreign branches of U.S. schools increase each year?

The tuition and fee caps are recalculated annually, and changes are effective on August 1, the beginning of each new academic year. VA will update the GI Bill website with any adjustments to the cap.

Does a Veteran or designated transferee have to be at the 100% benefit tier to be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Yes, only Veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible until August 1, 2022. Child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100% rate. As of August 1, 2018, spouses and children receiving Fry Scholarship benefits are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program.

How do you calculate Yellow Ribbon program benefits for part-time students?

The calculations for part-time students are the same as for full-time students. Any tuition and fees charged beyond the cap can be met or partially met through the Yellow Ribbon program.

Yellow Ribbon Application

Additional Resources

School Certifying Officials

The School Certifying Official (SCO) is responsible for certifying enrolled students to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) so that students can receive eligible VA education benefits. SCOs must carry out the certification process in accordance to VA regulations and policies. Specific questions regarding the VA education benefits, the certification process, submitted certifications, and benefit payments should be directed to the respective SCO listed below.

Belinda Ramie
504-314-2857 | bramie@tulane.edu
Undergraduate & Graduate Newcomb-Tulane College, SoPA- undergraduate/graduate, Professional (Law), School of Social Work, School of Medicine (non-MD), School of Business (Grad) New Orleans

Susan Cantrell
504-988-7642 | cantrell@tulane.edu
School of Public Health (Grad only)

Allys Dierker
504-988-7423 | adierke@tulane.edu
School of Medicine (MD only)