Using Military and Veteran Benefits to Pay for Your Graduate Degree

University of San Diego (USD) has a long history of partnering with active duty military, veterans, and their families to provide an outstanding education. With fully-online degrees, we are now able to expand the reach of the high quality education we provide students across the United States and internationally. This allows USD to offer a greater number of military students professional advancement opportunities.
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Military Financial Support:

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Yellow Ribbon Program

Students (excluding active duty) receiving 100% eligible Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill are granted additional funding for tuition through the Yellow Ribbon Program at USD. Graduate students can receive up to $7,666 annually in the form of a scholarship from the University of San Diego, which is then matched by the VA, for a maximum of $15,332 annually, which can be used for tuition. In addition, the VA also offers a $1,000 per year book allowance that is prorated based on credit hours taken.

There is no application to receive these funds, as they are built into the financial aid calculation for eligible students. The USD Yellow Ribbon Program is awarded after the Post-9/11 annual cap has all been used.

How to Apply for Your VA Benefits

Well in advance, you will need to apply online with the VA to receive your benefit entitlement. If you are a transfer student already established using the VA benefit at another school, you must complete a VA form 22-1995 Change of Place or Training Program.

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Important! All students using VA benefits will need to get a VA Certificate of Eligibility letter (or a screenshot from eBenefits stating your eligibility and benefit entitlement). Each term you will be required to submit proof of certification along with your USD student ID number to USD’s Certifying Official. For more information about this process and the deadlines for submission each term, email

How the Post 9/11 GI Bill Works at USD

There are two ways the VA counts your benefit: time and money.

  • For time, you are given a number of months/days that you can be enrolled and receive benefits. The VA will count days based on the official dates of the term you are enrolled. If you are the Veteran, the benefit covers an entire term as long as you had at least a day of benefits left to start your last term. If the benefit was transferred to you, the VA prorates your benefit based on the exact number of days you have left and only pays for those specific days.
  • For money, there are annual tuition limits that can be paid to you within a VA fiscal year (this amount resets every year on Aug. 1). The limit for the Post 9/11 GI Bill beginning Aug 1, 2017 is 22,805.34. The limit for Yellow Ribbon (added after the Post 9/11 limit is reached) at USD in 17-18 is around 15,000 (split between the VA and USD). You must be using months/days of your benefit to receive Yellow Ribbon funds.

Need Assistance? Contact USD’s Military and Veterans Program

Joe Lasley
Certifying Official
Phone: 619-260-4600 x2032

Office Location:

Hahn University Center Room 225
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mailing Address:

5998 Alcalá Park, UC Room 225, San Diego, CA 92110

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