Student Veteran Services is here to help you access your VA benefits. The three mostly commonly used VA educational benefits are:
To use your benefits, you must go through the VA certification process. A student's VA certification is completed once he or she has registered for classes. Students must request VA certification each semester through the online form. Students using VR&E or Post-9/11 G Bill should also request a tuition deferral with Student Accounts. Certification is a two-step process that helps to decrease the amount of debt to the institution and the VA:
- After registering for classes, the student submits certification to start payment of Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and book stipend.
- After the drop date has passed, the Student Veteran Services office will report tuition and fees (including any Yellow Ribbon Scholarship)
Students who drop or add courses throughout the semester should contact the coordinator of Student Veteran Services as soon as possible to avoid overpayment.
New Student Certification
Like continuing students, new students should first meet with their academic advisor and then contact the coordinator of Student Veteran Services for the next steps.
eBenefits is a joint VA and DoD Web portal that provides self-service resources for student veterans. Through eBenefits, you can also access your up-to-date Enrollment Entitlement
to track the time you have left for your GI Bill benefits. All students using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are encouraged to set up an account.
Yellow Ribbon Scholarships
Each year, The New School awards Yellow Ribbon Scholarships to all qualifying students. The scholarship is a match-to-match payment provided by The New School and the VA that covers the tuition and fees not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
To qualify for Yellow Ribbon, students must:
- Have 100 percent eligibility from the Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program
- Have at least one semester of benefits remaining
- Submit an updated Enrollment Entitlement outlining remaining benefits
- Full-time status is preferred
Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid by the DoD and is usually the first education benefit available to military members. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process, and restrictions.
Return of Unearned Military Tuition Assistance
TA is awarded to a student under the
assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for
which the assistance is awarded. When a student using military tuition
assistance withdraws, they may no longer be eligible for the full amount
of TA funds originally awarded. To comply with the U.S. Department of
Defense policy, The New School will return any unearned TA funds on a
proportional basis through at least 60 percent of the period for
which the funds were provided. TA funds will be returned to the service
member’s branch of service (the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, or Air
Force). In instances when a service member stops attending because of a
military service obligation, The New School will work with them to find solutions to avoid a student
debt for the returned portion.
For additional financial options, visit Student Financial Services or email [email protected].