Military Benefits

Washington & Jefferson College is approved for Veteran Education benefits and we participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. Some programs also allow for the transfer of benefits to go to qualifying dependents. Determination is made by the Veterans Administration.

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.

ROTC Scholarships

These scholarships from the Department of Defense cover full tuition and fees. The ROTC scholarship will replace any W&J merit scholarship awarded. Remaining W&J scholarship money may be used to cover room, board, and most remaining charges on the bill, but may be reduced once these costs are covered. A FAFSA must be filed annually in order to determine eligibility for federal and state grants. For those students awarded a Presidential Scholarship, participation in the Washington Fellow program is still an option regardless of the ROTC award replacing the merit scholarship.

One and a half, two, three, and four year scholarships are available, as well as exceptional benefits for medical school. Students who are awarded these scholarships are obligated to attend training sessions and classes and perform military service after graduation. To learn more about this opportunity to receive funding while you are attending W&J and to serve your country, you may contact Major Joe Masserini at 724-503-1001 x3404 or jmasserini@washjeff.edu.

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.

W&J Veteran Affairs Contacts

Christine Shaffer, cshaffer@washjeff.edu
School Certifying Official/ Financial Aid Counselor.

Leslie Maxin, lmaxin@washjeff.edu
School Certifying Official/Registrar.