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Veteran Affairs

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Veterans bring unique experiences to the University of San Francisco, strengthening our community and our classrooms. USF Veteran's Benefits Coordinators are proud to act as liaisons between you, the University and all relevant VA agencies to ensure you're receiving all available credits. That commitment has placed USF in the top 20% of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students according to Military Friendly™. Have questions? Contact One Stop to learn more.


Educational Benefits for our Veterans

The University of San Francisco is fully dedicated to making education more accessible for our nation's veterans and their dependents. We are proud to announce our participation in a program that provides tuition and fee benefits to qualified veterans who are accepted and enrolled at the University. The Registrar's Office acts as a liaison between the University, its students, and all the agencies involved with VA benefits. The University certifies enrollment for students in a degree-seeking program. The College Tuition Fee Waiver program is not applicable to the University.

To determine eligibility for benefits, the VA requires that you complete the form: VA22-1990. Students can also apply online on the VA website at www.gibill.va.gov. You must be accepted, matriculated, and enrolled for classes before the University can certify your enrollment to the VA Processing Center.

After you have completed and submitted the form online, the Department of Veteran Affairs will send you a Certificate of Eligibility for Educational Benefits. Upon receipt of this notice, please send the copy of the VA application and the Certificate of Eligibility to the Registrar's Office.

During the period of time that the VA is evaluating your application (4-6 weeks), the Registrar's Office will verify your enrollment and submit the necessary enrollment certification provided that you have already registered for your courses.

Maintaining VA Status at USF

Once you start receiving benefits, you must maintain satisfactory attendance and progress. If you do not meet the standards set by the school, the certifying official will notify the VA. The VA in return will stop your benefits.

Anytime you change your unit load, whether it is an increase or decrease in status, it is your responsibility to let one of USF's certifying VA officials know. Failure to do so will result in overpayment or underpayment for your benefits. If you promplty notify the school and the VA of these changes, you can prevent or reduce overpayments.

All students receiving either the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty or Selected Reserve must now verify their enrollments monthly to receive payments. This verification can be done either by using the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (www.gibill.va.gov) or by using an automated telephone system at 1-877-823-2378.

Required Documents

The following paperwork must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar in order to begin the certification process:

Copy of VONAPP (Veteran Online Application)
Certificate of Eligibility
DD-214 (Discharge paperwork if applicable)

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the U.S. to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses for eligible veterans. Details and eligibility guidelines for Post-9/11 benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, can be found at www.gibill.va.gov under Education Benefits. In short, a veteran must be receiving 100% Post-911 (Chapter 33) benefits in order to be eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits.

How Yellow Ribbon Works at USF

a.) Schools and programs at USF have committed funds to the Yellow Ribbon Program (click on 'Yellow Ribbon Programs offered at USF' below for the list of schools and their financial commitments)

b.) There are limited openings in each school for Yellow Ribbon awards.

c.) The VA will match your school's commitment. The combined school award and VA match may not exceed the difference between the recipient's actual tuition charges, including mandatory fees, and the recipient's basic Post-9/11 tuition benefit.

d.) Federal law states that Yellow Ribbon awards must be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

e.) Each school will have their own queue.

f.) Applicants will be placed in the queue based on the date they present the VA certificate of Eligibility (COE), indicating Yellow Ribbon eligibility, and DD214 (Discharge paperwork) to USF's Registrar's Office. (Phone calls or email inquiries will not hold a place in the queue.)

Submit Certificate of Eligibility and DD214 to:
The Office of the Registrar
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
Email: veterans@usfca.edu

Please contact USF's certifying officials for more information:
Angela Yi
Assistant Registrar
415-422-2789
veterans@usfca.edu

Carmen Hermoso
Enrollment Verifications Coordinator
415-422-6716
veterans@usfca.edu

Law School Students
Law School Certifying Official:
415-422-6210
lawfinaid@usfca.edu

Students can find further information about the Yellow Ribbon Program at
http://www.gibill.va.gov/gi_bill_info/ch33/yellow_ribbon.htm

Yellow Ribbon Programs offered at USF

The Yellow Ribbon Program contract is reviewed annually and programs can be added or dropped from the list provided. If you are receiving 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) and a program is added that you will like to participate in, you will need to fill out a Yellow Ribbon Program Application and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. If a program is not renewed under the Yellow Ribbon Program contract, those benefits will no longer be applicable the concurrent academic year.

The following are Yellow Ribbon eligible programs offered at USF for 2014-2015:

School/College Level No. of Students Per Year Amount Per Student
College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, School of Nursing and Health Professions (excluding Degree Completion Students) Undergraduate 95     $1,000
School of Management (Degree Completion Students only) Undergraduate 17 $4,876
College of Arts and Sciences Graduate 20 $6,074
School of Education Graduate 9 $5,933
School of Management Graduate 35 $13,625
School of Nursing and Health Professions Doctoral 3 $4,810