Yellow Ribbon Program
The Yellow Ribbon Program, part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, is a voluntary program that allows universities to fund additional tuition expenses exceeding the amount of the core benefit provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which is capped at 20,235.02 if attending a private institution for 2014-2015. Institutions participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program can contribute up to 50% of the expenses that exceed the base benefit, and the Department of Veterans Affairs then matches the amount provided by the institution.

Widener Law has elected to expand their participation and beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year will fund up to ten JD students on each campus with an unlimited contribution per student, not to exceed the cost of tuition.

The following requirements are for individuals interested in applying for the Yellow Ribbon Program at Widener Law:
  • Must be a Juris Doctor (JD) student for the 2014-2015 academic year;
  • Must provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility approved for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the rate of 100% with at least 5 months of eligibility remaining.
There is no minimum number of credit hours required for participation and awards will continue in subsequent years in which the student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance. Recipients are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

How does it work?
For example, a Regular Division JD student (15 credit hours/semester), the combined support from the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2014-2015 academic year is as follows:
Widener Law Tuition & Mandatory Fees $40,730

Less: Post-9/11 GI Bill
*Mandatory cap for private institutions*
Less: Widener Law Yellow Ribbon Program Grant ($10,247.49)
Less: VA Yellow Ribbon Program Match ($10,247.49)
Remaining Student Obligation -0-

The Yellow Ribbon Program covers tuition and mandatory fees and does not include room and board or books and supplies which are provided for separately under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Merit scholarships awarded at any time during enrollment will offset the Yellow Ribbon amount awarded by Widener Law.

Students interested in applying for the Yellow Ribbon Program should take note of the following requirements:
  • In order to be considered for the program, a student must be a JD student for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • You must have applied to the VA for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and expect that you will be approved to receive the maximum (100%) basic benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
  • To apply, interested students should take the following steps:
    • Apply to the VA for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. We recommend that students complete this process through the electronic application form provided on the VA’s website.
    • Fill out our simple web form. This form will collect directory information only and reserves your place in line by time stamping when the form is submitted.

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