This program allows you to enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

This program allows you to enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

We can contribute up to 50% of those expenses, and VA will match the same amount. The Yellow Ribbon grant supersedes all our merit and need-based scholarships as well as the Cal Grant. Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding.

Who May Apply?

You may be eligible if:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

How to Apply?

  1. Apply on-line at http://www.gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/
  2. The VA will send you a Certificate of Eligibility (This may take a few weeks to receive from the VA)
  3. Send, fax, email or bring in a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility to:

    Lyone Conner (lpharris@stmarys-ca.edu)
    Registrar's Office
    Saint Mary's College of California
    P.O. Box 4748
    Moraga, CA 94575-4748

    Filippi Hall, First Floor
    Phone: (925) 631-4214
    FAX: (925) 376-8339
    Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

*Note* If you are a spouse or dependent, please read the following:
  • Have the Veteran complete a (TEB) Transfer of Education Benefits

     Transfer of Education Benefits

  • Have the student or parent complete the (VONAPP) VA On-line Application in the student's name

    VA On-line Application

  • The VA will Mail you a (COE) Certificate of Eligibility

Please fax, mail, e-mail, or hand deliver the document to:

Attn: VA Certifying Official
Registrar’s Office
Saint Mary’s College of California
P.O. Box 4748
Moraga, CA 94575-4748
Filippi Hall, First Floor
Phone: (925)631-4214
Fax:       (925)376-7445

How We Award Grants?

  • We grant awards based on a first-come-first-served basis
  • You must be admitted to a program listed below according to the status indicated to receive funding.
  • Yellow Ribbon recipients will continue to receive the grant each year until degree completion or with formal separation from the institution.
  • Saint Mary's maximum award limit of student grants for the 2014-2015 academic year is currently pending. Our matching grants for the following schools and professional programs will be listed below once determined.
    • Undergraduate - 30 grants
    • Graduate Business - TBD
    • Graduate Liberal Arts, No grant needed.  See "Sample Tuition Calculations" below:
    • Graduate Education - TBD Based on enrollment in Core Certificate, Credential, or Masters Programs only (This includes the Doctorate in Education, Saturday Seminar, Masters in Teaching Leadership, Berkeley Montessori Program, Reading Recovery Program, Lasallian Studies Masters Research, and Lasallian Studies)

 

 

Sample calculations are for one year of each eligible program. YR students will be granted $20,235.02 each academic year from their Post 9-11 GI Bill.  Any remaining tuition and some fee balances will be covered with their YR benefits.  The samples do not include potential fees.  Any applicable fees assessed in a year will be covered with the remaining GI Bill grant or through the YR grant if the $20,235.02 is used up.

Undergraduate: Based on full-time enrollment for Fall and Spring term

  1. $20,615.00 (Fall term tuition charges)
  2. -$20,235.02 (Ch.33 contribution)
  3. $379.98 (balance)
  4. +$20,615.00 (Spring term tuition charges)
  5. $20,994.98 (total remaining balance)
  6. ÷ 2 (YR agreement)
  7. $10,497.49 (paid by VA from YR)
  8. $10,497.49 (paid by SMC from YR)
  9. $0.00 Total balance owed by student

 

Graduate Kinesiology: Based on enrollment in a minimum of 9 units (Fall/Spring) and 6 units (Summer) at least three terms per academic year

  1. $20,235.02 (Ch.33 contribution)
  2. -$7,713.00 (Fall term tuition charges)
  3. $12,522.02 (Ch. 33 benefits remaining to use)
  4. -$7,713.00 (Spring term tuition charges)
  5. $4,809.02 (Ch. 33 benefits remaining to use)
  6. -$5,142 (Summer term tuition charges)
  7. $332.98 (Total remaining balance)
  8. ÷ 2 (YR agreement)
  9. $166.49 (paid by VA from YR)
  10. $166.49 (paid by SMC from YR)
  11. $0.00 Total balance owed by student

Graduate Business:

Based on enrollment in a minimum of 8 units per quarter (four quarters per academic year) this example is for the Executive MBA program.  The YR cap for Grad. Business is $11,000.  These funds are disbursed after the $20,235.02 is exhausted.

  1. $20,235.02 (Ch.33 contribution)
  2. -$10,350 (Autumn quarter tuition charges)
  3. $9,885.02 (Ch.33 benefits remaining to use)
  4. -$10,350 (Winter quarter tuition charges)
  5. $464.98 (Winter balance owed)
  6. +$10,350 (Spring quarter tuition charges)
  7. +$10,350 (Summer quarter tuition charges)
  8. $21,164.98 (Total balance owed)
  9. ÷ 2 (YR Agreement)
  10. $10,582.49 (paid by VA from YR)
  11. $10,582.49 (paid by SMC from YR)
  12. $0.00 Total balance owed by student

Graduate Education: Based on enrollment in a minimum of 9 units for Fall & Spring and 6 units for Summer in Core Certificate, Credential, or Masters Programs only (See How We Award Grants for a list of programs). $920 per unit is the standard tuition charge for a Graduate Education program.

  1. $20,235.02 (Ch.33 contribution)
  2. -$8,280 (Fall term tuition charges)
  3. $11,955.02 (Ch. 33 benefits remaining to use)
  4. -$2,760 (Jan term tuition charges)
  5. $9,195.02 (Ch. 33 benefits remaining to use)
  6. -$8,280 (Spring term tuition charges)
  7. $915.02 (Ch. 33 benefits remaining to use)
  8. -$5,520 (Summer term tuition charges)
  9. $4,604.98 (Total balance owed)
  10. ÷2 (YR agreement)
  11. $2,302.49 (paid by VA from YR)
  12. $2,302.49 (paid by SMC from YR)
  13. $0.00 Total balance owed by student

Sample calculations below demonstrate tuition coverage for eligible Yellow Ribbon (YR) Vets enrolled in programs NOT approved for the grant at Saint Mary’s.
Calculations are for one year of each program. YR students will be granted $20,235.02 each academic year from their Post 9-11 GI Bill.  Any remaining tuition or fee balances will be covered by the student.  The samples do not include potential fees.  Any fees assessed in a year will be covered with the remaining GI Bill grant or by the student.  
MA Leadership

  1. $20,235.02 (Ch.33 benefits Contribution)
  2. -$5,724 (Fall Term tuition charge)
  3. $13,474.31 (Remaining Ch.33 benefits)
  4. -$5,724 (Winter Term tuition charges)
  5. $7750.31 (Remaining Ch.33 benefits)
  6. -$5,724 (Spring Term tuition charges)
  7. $2,026.31 (Ch.33 benefits remaining to use; no Yellow Ribbon required)

BA in Leadership (BALOS)

  1. $20,235.02 (Ch.33 benefits Contribution)
  2. -$5,070 (FT tuition charge)
  3. $15,165.02 (Remaining Ch.33 benefits)
  4. -$5,070 (WT tuition charges)
  5. $10,095.02 (Remaining Ch.33 benefits)
  6. -$5,070 (ST tuition charges)
  7. $5,025.02 (Ch.33 benefits remaining to use; no Yellow Ribbon required)
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