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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?
The Yellow Ribbon Program allows UC to partner with the VA to contribute funds to our veterans' unmet tuition and fee charges when their tuition and fees charges exceed the amount payable under Chapter 33. UC can contribute up to 50 percent of veterans' unmet costs; the Department of Veterans Affairs will match the amount.
University of Cincinnati Yellow Ribbon Maximums
University of Cincinnati will accommodate up to a maximum of fifty-five (55) Yellow Ribbon students for the 2013-2014 academic year. Students will be allotted Yellow Ribbon benefits on a first-come-first-served basis up to the established student-category maximums.
The maximum number of students per student-category and the maximum dollar amount provided by UC per category will be as follows:
- Twenty-five (25) undergraduate students. Each student will be awarded up to a maximum of $3,946 for each of Autumn and Spring terms (Summer term is not included) for a maximum of $7,892 per student for the academic year;
- Fifteen (15) graduate students. Each student will be awarded up to a maximum of $3,022.50 for each of Autumn and Spring terms (Summer term is not included) for a maximum of $6,045 per student for the academic year;
- Five (5) College of Law students. Each student will be awarded up to a maximum of $4,596 for each of Autumn and Spring terms, for a maximum of $9,192 per student for the academic year;
- Five (5) Pharmacy College PharmD Program students. Each student will be awarded up to a maximum of $3,018 for each of Autumn and Spring terms (Summer term is not included) for a maximum of $6,036 per student for the academic year; and
- Five (5) College of Medicine MD Program Students. Each student will be awarded up to a maximum of $4,654.50 for each of Autumn and Spring terms (Summer term is not included) for a maximum of $9,309 per student for the academic year.
Once the maximum number of students per category has been reached, additional Yellow Ribbon applications for that category will be denied. If students participating in Yellow Ribbon do not enroll each Autumn and Spring terms, they will be removed from the Yellow Ribbon Program and have to reapply when they return to UC.
Student swill be responsible for any tuition and fee charges that exceed the per-term and annual maximum amounts established above. To reduce their per-term tuition and fee charges, student-veterans must review their eligibilty for Ohio residency classification under the "Ohio GI Promise" and other residency programs available at UC and take action as appropriate.
Applying for Yellow Ribbon Program Benefits
Step 1: Follow and Complete All VA and Registrar's Office Procedures for Obtaining Your Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits (Chapter 33)
Yellow Ribbon Program benefits can only be applied to UC non-resident surcharges that exceed $250 each term. Therefore, you cannot be awarded payment of Yellow Ribbon Program benefits unless you are first determined eligible by VA and certified by the UC Veterans Programs & Services Office for Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits.
Step 2: Complete and Submit the "Yellow Ribbon Program Application Form"
Apply for Yellow Ribbon benefits by submitting a completed Yellow Ribbon Application Form to the Veterans Programs & Services Office (University Pavilion, 2nd floor).
Students will be allotted Yellow Ribbon benefits on a "first-come-first-served" basis up to the established student-category maximums.
Once your eligibility has been verified by the VPS Office for both Chapter 33 benefits and Yellow Ribbon Program benefits, your tuition bill for the term will be credited with the appropriate amount once you are certified for VA benefits for that term.
Under the “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008,” University of Cincinnati will receive separate Chapter 33 and Yellow Ribbon Program payments for the pursuit of eligible enrollment in approved programs each term for the academic year directly from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for the percentage of the student’s tuition and fee for which the student qualifies, as determined by VA. In recognition of this pending payment, University of Cincinnati will credit the student’s tuition and fee bill each term for the amount of tuition and fees covered by Chapter 33 and Yellow Ribbon Program benefits.
What if I need additional funds for school?
Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. According to the Financial Aid website, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. You can apply for financial aid today and learn if you qualify. In addition to the application, the Financial Aid website provides great information if you're interested in learning more about the qualifications and the processes that you go through.
Note: financial aid cannot be awarded to students until they have been offered admission to the university.
What is the Post 9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 33?
Chapter 33 is a Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefit program for eligible UC students. You may be eligible if you have active-duty service performed after September 10, 2001 and have:
- Served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty on or after September 10, 2001; or
- Served a period of at least 30 days and received a disability; or
- Are a dependent of an active-duty service member eligible for benefits under the Transfer of Entitlement provision of Chapter 33.
If eligible for Chapter 33 benefits, you may receive the following:
- Payment of tuition and fees not to exceed tuition at a public institution in the state of the school you are attending;
- A monthly housing allowance equal to the housing payable to an E-5 active-duty member with dependents. The amount is based on the zip code of the school you are attending. You must be in attendance more than a half-time rate. The monthly housing allowance is not payable if you are on active duty or if you are enrolled in online courses only; and
- A yearly book and supply stipend of $41.67 per credit hour, not to exceed $1,000 per academic year. The stipend is not available if you are on active duty.
Important things to remember during the academic year:
- Benefits are certified each term separately. Please take advantage of the Early Registration windows and finalize your schedule as early as possible.
- To be eligible for monthly Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) payment you must be registered (excluding independent study or online classes) at more than the half-time VA pay rate. You are not eligible for BAH or Book/Supply payments if you are still considered "In-service".
- Spouses that are still "In-service" are not eligible for BAH or Book/Supply payments.
- Book/Supply pay is limited to $1000 per school year and is paid based upon the number of credit hours of enrollment.
- BAH pay is issued at the end of each month once the VA has processed the school's enrollment certification based on credit hours and the State of Ohio cap.
- We will issue refund checks to students for any surplus tuition/fee amount after the school has received payment from the VA.
- All scholarships or federal aid restricted to tuition and fees must be reported. The VA is to be the "last to pay" on your student bill so all aid must be considered before we will certify you for benefits. This includes ROTC scholarships, "TA" pay, etc...
- Students receiving the Ohio National Guard Scholarship have these VA benefits applied to their bill first (once processed for the term) and any surplus Guard Scholarship payment will be returned to the unit.
- Chapter # 33 students do not have to "verify your enrollment" with the VA at the end of each month to release BAH payment.
- If you reduce your pay rate during a term, you will owe the appropriate tuition/fee money back to the VA - along with any BAH paid for the months following that date.
- Students that create a debt with the VA (overpayment) will have the debt amount deducted from their BAH checks if not promptly repaid.
- Beware of the "X" grade! The "X" grade represents enrollment with no participation in the class. Students that receive all "X" grades for a term will owe the school all of the tuition/fee money since the school is required to return that money to the VA.
- You must notify our office at the beginning of your final term of eligibility of your Chapter #33 benefits.
- The maximum benefit you can receive is 48 months of full-time VA benefits with any combination of "chapters."