Thomas Jefferson School of Law is an approved institution for veterans' benefits and for active duty, vets, spouses and dependents who have eligible educational benefits by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. All previous law school credit is evaluated prior to certification. Eligible students must submit a VA registration form each semester to the Financial Assistance Office.
Thomas Jefferson participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is a provision of the Post-9/11 (Chapter 33) Veterans Educational Assistance Act. Yellow Ribbon benefits are only available for eligible students in our JD degree program. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution., Thomas Jefferson School of Law agrees to fund the maximum 50% of the tuition cost, with a corresponding match from VA.
All eligible vets must give the Financial Aid Office a copy of their DD-214 and VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to ensure program participation. According to VA regulations, vets must be 100% eligible to participate in Yellow Ribbon. Spouses of vets may also be eligible and should contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
I am eligible for military benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. What does the award cover?
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 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. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally, benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. Payments include a tuition allowance for 2013/2014 up to $19,198 per year (as determined by VA), monthly housing allowance based on the zip code of the school (as determined by VA), and book stipend up to $1000/year. The percentage of maximum benefit payment is based on the length of military service time after September 10, 2001.
I am a military veteran. Does Thomas Jefferson participate in the VA Yellow Ribbon Program?
Yes. The Law School prides itself on its generous participation in this important program. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. Unlike most law schools, Thomas Jefferson School of Law agrees to fund the maximum 50% of the tuition cost, with a corresponding match from VA.
For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program go to the VA’s website at www.gibill.va.gov/gi_bill_info/ch33/yrp/2013/states/ca.htm
I am a military veteran. How does that affect my scholarship?
Military veterans who are eligible for the Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon program will receive scholarship funding from both the VA and the Law School, not to exceed full tuition. Due to this share arrangement, once the Law School receives the appropriate documentation, your scholarship amount might change. In no event, however, will you receive less financial assistance than you were offered on admission.
I am a military spouse. How do I qualify for educational benefits?
The Department of Defense (DOD) determines whether or not an active-duty service member can transfer benefits to family members. Upon approval by DOD, a spouse may apply to use transferred benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by completing VA Form 22-1990e (http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov). An eligible service member may transfer up to the total months of unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, or the entire 36 months if the member has used none. Once approved by DOD and VA, a spouse may start to use the benefit immediately. Spouses are not eligible for the monthly housing allowance while the member is serving on active duty.