Programs for Veterans of Military Service

GW Law Yellow Ribbon Program

GW Law and the University have entered into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the maximum base pay amount of 9/11 benefits.

Yellow Ribbon-qualified Law Students receive:

  • GI Bill Base Benefit : $19,198.31 per admitted YRP-qualified graduate student per year; plus
  • Yellow Ribbon Program Benefit for students at the  100 % GI Bill Base Benefit Level:
    • GW shall provide up to $15,400 per YRP-qualified graduate per year, not to exceed the net cost of tuition, plus
    • The VA shall provide funds to match GW up to 50% of the difference between the student’s net tuition benefit (which includes the GI Base Bill Benefit) and the total cost of tuition and required fees. At GW, this means that the VA will match up to $15,400.
  • Depending on program and course of study, the total benefit should enable YRP-eligible graduate students to attend GW at a significant discount.
  • Only net tuition and required fees are included in these educational benefits.

Examples

Full-time JD candidate: Law Student C, a YRP-qualified student, has full-time tuition costs of $49,840 for the 2013-14 academic year.  Law Student C will receive $19,198.31 as a GI Bill Base Benefit. This leaves a remaining tuition cost of $30,641.69. GW will provide $15,320.85 of that amount in YRP benefits, and the VA will match the other half. In this scenario, Law Student C will have a $0 tuition balance.

Part-time JD candidate: Law Student D, a YRP-qualified student, has part-time tuition costs of $35, 060(11 credit hours in the fall and  9 credits in the spring).  Student D will receive $19,198.31 as a GI Bill Base Benefit.  This leaves remaining tuition costs of$15,861.69.  The VA will provide $7,930.85 and GW Law will match the other half.

LLM candidate: A YRP-qualified LL.M. candidate has full-time tuition of between $31,554 and $42,072 (depending on whether they take 9 hours per semester in the academic year and finish their degree program in the summer, [under the following year’s tuition rate] or if they complete 24 hours during the regular 9-month academic year).   The GI Bill will pay $19,198.31, and the remaining balance will be matched 50% by GW Law and 50% by the VA.

Part-time LLM candidate: Part-time LL.M.s take between 5 and 8 credits per semester (part-time students must be taking at least half-time hours 5 hours). The candidate with 100% GI Bill Base Benefits will receive up to the maximum benefit, based on the number of credits taken, with the remaining balance to be funded equally by a GW Law contribution and a VA contribution.

Students must be 100% eligible for GI Bill benefits in order to qualify for YRB, regardless of the number of  credits for which they are enrolled in any given semester.

GW Law offers an unlimited number of YRP awards.

GW's QuikClot Yellow Ribbon Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to veterans who do not qualify for the VA's Yellow Ribbon Program: reservists and national guardsmen mobilized and deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, but who were on active duty for less than 36 months. GW law school students have benefited recently from this great scholarship.  View the GW QuikClot Yellow Ribbon Scholarship page for more information.


Important Information for Veterans

GW Law School, like the University, is committed to providing veterans with the highest level of support. The Law School provides a valuable experience to all its active duty and veteran servicemembers.  Specific programs that highlight the interests of our students with military backgrounds are the National Security LLM program, the Government Contracts Program, the Veterans Law Pro Bono Program, and our annual hosting of the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition.

Learn more about University resources and points of contact for specific needs at: GW Student Veteran Services.

Law students should submit a Statement of External Benefits form if they will be using any military benefit to pay for law school.

Certification for Veterans Educational Benefit Programs

Click here for information about certification for Veterans Educational Benefits.

Law School Policies

Incoming students who are evaluating different schools need to be aware of some basic university policies before they make a final decision. Students who enroll need to be clear about the academic requirements associated with their degree program and the needs of the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office:  All admitted students committing to pursue a law school degree are required to submit a seating deposit in order to hold their place in the class.  Upon enrollment this deposit will be credited to the student’s tuition; otherwise it will be forfeited.

Links for Academic Policies and Planning Affecting Veteran and Active Duty Military Enrolled at GW Law School


Financial Aid Programs and Opportunities 

Websites with helpful information for Veterans

Financing Options Available to Veterans and Dependents

Financial aid is normally awarded after a student has been accepted for admission to GW Law. Veterans who want to learn about their financial aid options before the admissions process should contact Meredith Schor, the Director of the Law Financial Aid Office at mschor1@law.gwu.edu.

Major Educational Programs Available Through the VA or the Department of Defense

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is effective for training on or after August 1, 2009.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (also known as The Post 9/11 GI Bill). This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund tuition expenses that exceed the annual maximum paid through the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. The institution can waive up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

Scholarship Programs for Veterans:

Below is a list of links to scholarship programs for military veterans:


Federal Student Financial Aid Programs

You must annually complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ("FAFSA") to apply for all federal student financial aid programs as well as many state aid programs.

Treatment Under "Title IV" Student Financial Aid Programs

On July 1, 2009, President Obama signed H.R. 1777, a bill making technical corrections to the Higher Education Act. H.R. 1777 changes the effective date for the exclusion of veterans education benefits as "estimated financial assistance" ("EFA") to July 1, 2009. This exclusion applies to all federal veterans’ education benefits, regardless of whether the benefits are received by the veteran, his or her spouse, or his or her dependent.

Change of Effective Date for the Exclusion of Federal Veterans Education Benefits as Estimated Financial Assistance for Purposes of the Title IV Student Assistance Programs (July 2, 2009)

Guidance on Federal Veterans’ Education Benefits for Purposes of the Title IV Student Assistance Programs (August 13, 2009)

Federal Student Loan Program Benefits for Veterans

There have been many changes in federal student loans during the past few years. Veterans should log in to the NSLDS web site for students and print out a comprehensive record of their federal student loans.


New Deferment and Discharge Options

New Military Service Deferment / Post Active Duty Student Deferment Request

On November 26, 2010, the Department of Education (ED) announced the approval of a new Deferment Request: Military Service Deferment/Post-Active Duty Student Deferment form for use by borrowers in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program, the Federal Direct PLUS / Grad PLUS Loan Programs, and the Federal Perkins Loan Program, and provided guidance on implementation of the new form.

Veterans Disability Discharges

There is a streamlined process for granting total and permanent disability discharges for veterans whom the Department of Veterans Affairs has determined are unemployable due to a service-connected disability. Under the streamlined process, the loan is not assigned to ED—the loan holder only submits the Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) application and VA documentation to ED.

  • ED determines borrower eligibility for TPD discharge based on the VA documentation
  • ED notifies the school to either discharge the loan or resume collection
  • If ED denies the disability discharge request, the borrower may reapply for a TPD discharge under the standard total and permanent disability discharge procedures

HEROES Waivers

The Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students (HEROES) Act provides for the modification and waiving of some statutory and regulatory provisions related to students who receive financial aid and who are on active duty during a war or other military operation or who reside or are employed in a declared disaster area. Among other things these adjustments apply to return of funds and signature requirements for verification and application. These waivers and modifications were due to expire on September 30, 2007, but on that date the law—and with it the Secretary’s authority to issue the waivers and modifications—was made permanent. As a result, the above actions will remain in effect until September 30, 2012, unless the Secretary ends or changes them before then. For all the details on the Act and a list of the eligible students, see pages 69312–69318 of the Federal Register dated December 12, 2003. (Reference page AVG-85)

  • During the period of eligible military service:
  • Forbearance and military service deferment documentation requirements are relaxed
  • In-school status is retained
  • Grace period or school-related deferment status is retained for up to 3 years
  • Collection activity on defaulted loans may be suspended
  • Missed payments are not treated as an interruption of a stream of required payments
  • Return of Title IV requirements are modified
  • Copies of IRS forms documenting adjusted gross income and income tax paid are not required
  • Written leave of absence request is not required
  • Requirement that loan cancellation or forgiveness service be uninterrupted or consecutive does not apply
  • Period of time for cancelling loan proceeds under cash management regulations is extended
  • Oral, rather than written, authorizations from the borrower may be accepted by the school

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

On December 19, 2003, the President Bush signed into law H.R. 100, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. This law completely rewrites the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act of 1940, expanding many of the previous law's civil protections.

Provisions of this law now apply to federal student loans: (see page 120).

  • The MAXIMUM interest rate for active duty servicemembers with FFEL or Direct Loans is 6%
  • Effective August 14, 2008 for loans made PRIOR to active duty military service
  • Borrower must request in writing and provide copies of military orders
  • The 6% interest rate is in effect while the borrower is on active duty military service

Perkins Loan Military Service Cancellation

Borrowers serving in areas of hostility now are eligible to receive up to 100% cancellation of the Perkins Loan for each full year of active duty service that includes or begins on/after 8/14/08 according to the following schedule:

  • 15% for the first and second years of service
  • 20% for the third and fourth years of service
  • 30% for the fifth year of service


For Additional Information and Help

You can contact Federal Student Aid's Office of the Ombudsman for additional help in resolving any problems with your federal student loans.

Action Guide for Servicemembers with Student Loans

The Next Front: Student Loan Servicing and the Cost to Our Men and Women in Uniform

Calculating Your Costs to Attend GW Law

This page contains information on the cost of attending GW Law and provides information on budgeting. 

Money Management Resources for Veterans

Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to servicemembers and their families to help with a broad range of concerns including money management, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, relocation, deployment, reunion, and the particular concerns of families with special-needs members.

Smart Military Money works to give military servicemembers and veterans the best personal finance and budgeting advice aimed specifically at the military lifestyle.

The Office of Servicemember Affairs is here to ensure that military personnel and their families have a voice at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Military life can have some extra challenges that can sometimes have powerful financial consequences.

Kiplinger and the Better Business Bureau have partnered to produce a Personal Finance Guide for Military Families.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office produced A Salute to Smart Investing, a booklet designed to help military families work through the basics of smart investing.

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation has created SaveAndInvest to give military families and older investors good information about investing wisely.

Check out these creative saving strategies from the U.S. Navy Personal Financial Management Program.

Emergency Relief Programs

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides information about benefits for surviving family members of military personnel who died in service or as veterans. The VA also publishes a book of benefits for veterans, dependents, and survivors.

Learn more about reporting a retiree’s death to avoid possible financial complications.

General information on pay for military members

Tax information for military members


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