The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 33. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning to enter into a voluntary agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to contribute funds to a veteran's unmet tuition and fee charges (e.g. Student Government, lab class fees, and student health insurance fees) when those charges exceed the amount payable under Chapter 33. The program allows institutions to contribute an amount up to 50% of a veteran's unmet costs; the VA will match the amount. (The Yellow Ribbon Program is not available for active service member or spouses of an active service member.)
Students who are 100% eligible for the post 9/11 GI bill will receive those benefits, and if their tuition and related charges (see above) exceed that amount, the difference will be covered by Pepperdine and the VA jointly under the provisions of the Yellow Ribbon Program. This ensures that eligible students will have their tuition and related fees covered. Pepperdine is proud to share that we do not have a limit on the number of Yellow Ribbon-eligible students we accept.
Yellow Ribbon Student FAQs
Once you have submitted your VA's Certificate of Eligibility to the Registrar's office, Financial Aid will pre-post either the VA Post 9/11 or Pepperdine Yellow Ribbon scholarship on your student account at the beginning of each term. Other financial aid awards will be adjusted accordingly.
If you are no longer active duty you will also need to submit your DD-214 to the VA.
In approximately six weeks you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail from VA. The Certificate will inform you of your benefits, your percentage of entitlement, and the time at which your benefits will expire.
Please submit both your Certificate of Eligibility and DD-214 to Pepperdine by one of the following methods:
Mail: Pepperdine University OSIS 24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90263 Attn: Sara Turki
Please contact Sara Turki at 310-506-6129 or Byan Reeder at 310-506-4381