Post-9/11 GI Bill® Benefits and the Yellow Ribbon Program:
We recommend that students who are eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill® Benefits review the criteria for the Yellow Ribbon Program to determine whether or not they are eligible for this benefit. Questions regarding veterans’ educational benefits should be directed to our VA school certifying officials at VASCO@vanderbilt.edu.
Vanderbilt Law School participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program through which eligible Veterans in the J.D. program may receive tuition assistance from VLS and the government as follows:
1) Applicants admitted to the Law School are considered for merit-based scholarships. About 80 percent of J.D. students receive Law School scholarships in varying amounts, and about 20 percent of students enroll with no Law School scholarships.
2) As a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, the Law School has committed to provide an annual grant of up to $10,000.00 to each post-9/11-eligible Veteran who is eligible for Yellow Ribbon funds and enrolls in the J.D. program. All Law School scholarships awarded to each eligible Veteran count toward meeting this commitment. Because Law School scholarships are awarded in varying amounts, some enrolling Veterans may receive Law School scholarships in amounts up to $10,000.00 annually, while others may receive scholarships greater than $10,000.00 annually.
3) Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, the government provides each post-9-11-eligible Veteran who enrolls in the Law School and is eligible for Yellow Ribbon funds with an annual tuition benefit of up to $10,000.00.
4) Because Law School scholarships are awarded in varying amounts, some admitted applicants may be awarded scholarship amounts less than $10,000.00 or may be awarded no scholarship. In these cases, the Law School will increase its award to $10,000.00 upon notification that the admitted student is eligible for the government Yellow Ribbon tuition benefit and intends to enroll in the Law School. In these cases, VLS and government contributions to tuition costs total $20,000.00 annually ($10,000.00 from the Law School and $10,000.00 from the government).
5) For an eligible Veteran who has been awarded a Law School scholarship greater than or equal to $10,000.00, the scholarship is provided in full and meets the Law School's commitment under the Yellow Ribbon program. In these cases, VLS and government annual contributions to tuition costs total $20,000.00 plus the amount of Law School scholarship that exceeds $10,000.00. As an example, for an eligible Veteran who has been awarded a $15,000.00 Law School scholarship, VLS and government contributions to tuition costs total $25,000.00 annually ($15,000.00 from the Law School plus $10,000.00 from the government). For an eligible Veteran awarded a $20,000.00 Law School scholarship, VLS and government contributions to tuition costs total $30,000.00 annually ($20,000.00 from the Law School plus $10,000.00 from the government).
More information on V.A. educational benefits at Vanderbilt here.