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Widener Law Participates in Yellow Ribbon Program
Web Editor - Published: July 28, 2009

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- 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 determined based on the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. 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 fund up to five JD students on each campus at the 100% participation rate for up to 36 credits for 2009-2010, including summer. Widener Law will contribute up to $9,450 for Delaware Campus law students and up to $7,470 for Harrisburg Campus law students. The difference in funding between the two law campuses is due to Veterans Affairs benefit calculations, and is different between Harrisburg and Delaware due to the different base award as determined by state.

Students participating in the Yellow Ribbon program will pay nothing out of pocket towards their tuition for the fall and spring semesters. Summer expenses will be determined by how much of the maximum award was used during the fall and spring. After the base award, the Law School and VA will split the balance of the tuition due. The contribution will be paid by grant or scholarship with any previously awarded scholarship funds constituting the school’s Yellow Ribbon contribution to that student. Applications for the Yellow Ribbon program must be considered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Widener is currently developing a process for students to apply for the Yellow Ribbon program. Students will shortly be notified via email to their Widener Campus Cruiser accounts of the application process. Updates will be posted on as well.

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 2009-2010 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 a simple web form that will be made available on the Widener Law website on July 28th at 10:00 am. This form will collect directory information only and reserves your place in line by time stamping when the form is submitted.
Please visit the Financial Aid Office’s veterans benefits page for general information.