Military Benefits

Washington & Jefferson College is approved for federal Veteran Education benefits, and we participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. We also participate in the Department of Defense Military Tuition Assistance Program. Service members using their benefits must contact their ESO, military counselor, or Service for approval before enrolling at the College. Some veterans' educational benefits programs also allow for the transfer of benefits to qualifying dependents (Transfer of Entitlement). The Department of Defense makes the determination. Students seeking information about academic counseling, financial aid counseling, job search support, or other student support services at W&J should contact Mr. Adam Manno, Assistant Director for Financial Aid and School Certifying Official at amanno@washjeff.edu or (724) 223-6019.

Available Programs:

Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

The Post 9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of accumulated service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®.

Students must submit a Certificate of Eligibility to W&J in order to receive the VA payments towards their costs. W&J institutional funding awarded previously may be reduced if the amount of money credited to a student’s account from all sources exceeds the total charges (tuition, room, board, and some fees) billed by the College. Families are encouraged to file a FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal and state financial aid. Post 9/11 education benefits can be accessed online through www.gibill.va.gov. Students must click on "eBenefits" and establish a premium account (if they have not already done so) and click on Education. All eligibility information will be listed here.

*"GI Bill®" is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Through the Yellow Ribbon program, W&J will match 50% of the gap remaining between our tuition and the VA designated cap for private schools. We will provide up to a $10,000 W&J grant, which will be matched by the VA. Students must have 100% eligibility in the post 9/11 GI Bill program in order to receive Yellow Ribbon benefits. The Yellow Ribbon Program is only available during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Federal Student Loan Benefits - Information on deferment, loan interest, public service loan forgiveness, and other special military programs to aid veterans.

For more information about military benefits in general, visit Federal Student Aid.

Military Tuition Assistance Program

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.  The Department of Defense (DoD) limits TA to $250 per semester credit hour and $4,500 per year.  Each military branch can establish its own specific eligibility criteria and limits to manage its TA funds.  DoD pays TA directly to the university.

Service-specific TA information is available at the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard education portals.

W&J Veteran Affairs Contacts

Adam Manno, amanno@washjeff.edu
School Certifying Official/ Financial Aid Counselor

Kara Clark, kclark@washjeff.edu
Registrar