Post 911 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program

Veteran Benefits at Brown University

Brown is continuing its commitment to veterans by partnering with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in support of the new Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. The information below will provide you with information regarding the two new benefits, the process and contact information.

1. New Post 9/11 Benefits:

Only active duty service performed after September 10, 2001 may be considered for determining eligibility for this new benefit. To be eligible, a service member or veteran must have served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty. However, individuals honorably discharged for a service-connected disability who served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001, may also establish eligibility.

Basic Benefits provide the following:

  • Effective, August 1, 2017 the Post 9/11 GI Bill will pay up to $22,805.34 annually towards the cost of a private institution's tuition and fees.
  • Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to an E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the school; and
  • Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year. 

2. Yellow Ribbon Program

This program is a subset of the Post 9/11 Benefit Program. Some students who are receiving Post 9/11 Benefits may also be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Criteria of eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program for a veteran or a dependent of a veteran include:

  • Served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • Was honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • Is a dependent of a veteran who is eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above. 

Benefits and Brown’s Participation

Degree Level (Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral, or All)

Maximum number of students

Maximum contribution amount 

Undergraduate

50

$10,000

Graduate/Doctoral

10

$15,200

Division of Bio-Med

3

$15,200

Medical

1

$15,000

Executive Masters

20

$7,500

 

  • Brown will support up to 50 undergraduate, 10 graduate, 3 graduate in the division of Bio-Med, 1 medical, 20 executive masters Yellow Ribbon Program-eligible students for academic year 2017-18 on a first-come, first-served basis. This support applies to eligible veterans or dependents of eligible veterans.
  • Brown’s contribution for each eligible executive masters Yellow Ribbon recipient will be up to $7,500 annually. The amount may vary depending upon timing of the start and end dates of the program in relation to the VA fiscal year.
  • The maximum contribution amount among all degree levels would vary if the student is enrolled less than full-time.
  • Brown has a first-come, first-served policy which is determined by the date a veteran or an eligible dependent’s Certificate of Eligibility (for veterans) or the Transfer of Entitlement (for dependents of veterans) is received by the individual divisions. Undergraduate students are required to submit their documentation to the Office of Financial Aid. Graduate students are required to submit their documentation to the Graduate School. Medical students are required to submit their documentation to the Alpert Medical School. Executive Masters students are required to submit their documentation to the School of Professional Studies.
  • The student need not be a recipient of need-based aid to receive either benefit.

Veterans should contact the VA directly to determine their eligibility for both programs. Additional information regarding VA Benefits and the Yellow Ribbon Program is available at GI Bill Information or by calling VA Benefits at 1-800-827-1000.

 

3. The Process

  1. Students must either be accepted to Brown through the Admission Office for the academic year or be a currently enrolled student in a degree program.
  2. Students must apply for benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  3. Students must forward the Certificate of Eligibility or the Transfer of Entitlement from Veterans Affairs to the Office of Financial Aid.
  4. Brown is providing Yellow Ribbon Scholarships to 50 Undergraduate, 10 Graduate/Doctoral, 3 Division of Bio-Med, 1 Medical, and 20 Executive Master students for the academic year 2017-18. The determination of eligibility from Brown will be the first 50 Undergraduate, 10 Graduate/Doctoral, 3 Division of Bio-Med, 1 Medical, 20 Executive Master students who provide a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA to the proper school division, see contact information below.

 

Additional Information

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid from Brown: All VA educational benefits including allowances for room and board, books and tuition, including the Brown Yellow Ribbon Scholarship, will be coordinated with other University and federal financial aid funds as part of the "financial aid package.”
  • Certification of enrollment at Brown can be done through the Registrar's Office.
  • Payment for the VA’s contribution toward tuition and fees will be sent to the directly to the Bursar's Office. 

University Contact Information

Visit the Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs website for additional information.

Undergraduate: For assistance with questions related to these programs please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 401-863-2721 or financial_aid@brown.edu.

Graduate School: For assistance with questions related to these programs please contact the Graduate School at 401-863-2600 or graduate_school@brown.edu.  If you are an Executive Master student please contact the Executive Master Program at 401-863-2700 or spsscholarships@brown.edu.

Alpert Medical School: For assistance with questions related to these programs please contact the Medical School at 401-863-1142 or md_finaid@brown.edu.

For assistance in obtaining a certification of enrollment at Brown please contact the Registrar Office at 401-863-2500 or registrar@brown.edu.