Davidson College participates in multiple VA programs. The most common are Chapter 33, with and without Yellow Ribbon eligibility, and Chapter 35 benefits.  

  • Qualifying veterans may be eligible for educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through various VA programs.
  • Dependents of veterans may be eligible to use VA educational benefits if the benefits are transferred to them.
  • Students are not required to use their VA benefits at Davidson College. However, if you choose to certify eligibility, you can still apply for need-based aid to supplement your VA benefits.
  • If you have questions regarding the certification process, please contact Davidson’s Certifying Official in the Financial Aid Department.

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The two most common benefits programs used at Davidson are Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) and Education Benefits for Dependents and Survivors (Chapter 35)

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides benefits for tuition and required fees, housing, and books. Current rates can be found on the VA's website.

If you are a dependent student with Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits being transferred from a parent, these benefits can be used to replace the Parent Contribution. If you, the student, are the veteran, your benefit may be used to replace your student responsibility.

In addition to the educational benefits that are paid directly to the College (for tuition and required fees), you also receive a Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) – this is generally the same as the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). The amount of the benefits and allowance will depend on your percentage of eligibility. The monthly allowance is paid directly to you and you are responsible for paying your room and board costs. Since the MHA is less than Davidson’s cost for a standard double room and unlimited meal plan, Davidson Grant may be used to supplement the VA resources you receive, depending on your family’s calculated need.

If benefits are certified after you have received an aid offer, it may be necessary to adjust institutional funds. If your total VA benefits are less than your parent contribution, no change to your award is needed. If the total VA benefits are more than your parent contribution, Davidson Grant is reduced so that the total of the grant aid award, student contribution (if a dependent), and the VA benefits equals your cost of attendance. Institutional funds cannot be used to exceed the cost of attendance when combined with VA benefits. This ensures that you are using your benefits as exercised and institutional funds are used to supplement your remaining need. VA benefits do not affect eligibility for Title IV federal aid programs.

Davidson also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students receiving 100% Ch. 33 benefits who qualify for Yellow Ribbon will receive an additional $20,000 in total benefits paid towards their bill. $10,000 from the VA, and $10,000 from Davidson College. 

Not all students receive 100% benefits with Yellow Ribbon. Eligibility is determined by the veteran’s length of service since 9/11/2001. If you have questions about how choosing to certify benefits would impact your aid offer, we encourage you to get in touch with an aid counselor.

Education Benefits for Dependents and Survivors (Chapter 35)

The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program benefits are typically the Ch. 35 benefits used at Davidson. The benefits received with the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship are similar to the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits above and are, therefore, treated similarly to the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. The DEA benefits are used to replace the parent and student contributions. Given the requirements for qualifying for DEA, this benefit is treated as an outside scholarship. This educational benefit is paid directly to you, the student, on a monthly basis. Current rates can be found on the VA's website.

If benefits are certified after you have received an aid offer, it may be necessary to adjust institutional funds. If the total VA benefits are less than your parent and student contributions, no change to your award is needed. If the total VA benefits are more than your parent and student contributions, the student contribution is reduced and Davidson Grant is reduced as needed so that the total of the grant aid award and the VA benefits equals your cost of attendance. Institutional funds cannot be used to exceed the cost of attendance when combined with VA benefits. This ensures that you are using your benefits as exercised and institutional funds are used to supplement your remaining need. VA benefits do not affect eligibility for Title IV federal aid programs. If you have questions about how choosing to certify benefits would impact your aid offer, we encourage you to get in touch with an aid counselor.

Yellow Ribbon Application Process

  • Eligible students who have accepted their admission to the college should immediately notify the Financial Aid Office of their eligibility and interest in participating. Participation is limited to 16 students and awarded on a first come, first served basis.
  • Eligible students should apply for benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).
  • Upon notification of acceptance by the VA, the student should forward his or her Certificate of Eligibility to the Registrar's Office.
Award

Award Matching and Waiting List

Davidson will contribute $10,000 per year to students determined to be eligible for the VA Yellow Ribbon award. College matching funds will be awarded when the student's Yellow Ribbon payment is received from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Awards will continue as long as the student remains enrolled in good standing and maintains satisfactory academic progress. Participating students that withdraw from the college and are later readmitted will only be able to participate if space is available. If space is not available, students will be added to the waiting list.

When the program capacity has been reached, the Financial Aid Office and Certifying Official reserve the right to maintain a waiting list of interested students. Waiting list hierarchy is based upon the date that the Financial Aid Office receives notice that an eligible student has accepted his or her admission and is interested in participating.

The Financial Aid Office must receive a copy of the student's eligibility letter in order for his or her enrollment to be reported to the VA.

Contact Us

Questions about the VA Yellow Ribbon Program? Contact Financial Aid Counselor and VA Certifying Official, Elizabeth Leone. 

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GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government VA website.