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Request For Certification

This form must be completed and submitted before each semester you plan on using VA Education Benefits 

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Yellow Ribbon Application

Application for:

  • New AU students
  • Current students who've changed degree program (BA/BS to MA/MS)

You do not need to apply for Yellow Ribbon each semester

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VA Benefits Application Form

This initializes your benefits and must only be completed once.

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Complete EVERY semester

Can be completed retroactively, however completing a retroactive request for certification does not guarantee funds will cover excessive cost of attendance if a student complete multiple subsequent enrollments and exceeds caps (see Yellow Ribbon tab)
Newly admitted AU students who meet the basic eligibility requirements should apply

Current Yellow Ribbon Program recipients need not reapply UNLESS you're changing your degree program (BA/BS to MA/MS, etc)

Yellow Ribbon Amounts for the 17-18 academic year (August 1 2017 - July 31 2018)

2017-2018 Academic Year GI Bill Cap: $22,805.34

Undergraduate Yellow Ribbon per contributor:
$11,904.83 VA
$11,904.83 AU

Graduate Yellow Ribbon per contributor:
$10,500 VA
$10,500 AU

Law School Yellow Ribbon per contributor:
$16,013.33
$16,013.33

How to understand the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon:

GI Bill Cap + YR VA + YR AU = total funding
GI Bill cap must first be exhausted before Yellow Ribbon funds can be dispersed

Full time undergraduates exhaust their GI Bill cap in the Fall, then exhaust Yellow Ribbon in the Spring.
This maxes undergraduate funding for the academic year until caps reset on August 1.
Undergraduates enrolled in over 17 credit hours are responsible for the excessive costs

Graduate students and Law students vary in their use of funds.

Students who exceed both the GI Bill cap and the Yellow Ribbon cap within an academic year are responsible for the excess costs.

Any funds not used in GI Bill Cap or Yellow Ribbon do NOT roll over (use it or lose it)
Changes made AFTER the add/drop deadline are the responsibility of the student

Graduate Program deadlines may vary, please check with your academic adviser before making any changes to your enrollment

Please notify the AU Veterans Office if you've made changes after the add/drop

Students cannot be retroactively certified for changes they elect after the add/drop deadline

Undergraduates enrolled in over 17 credit hours are responsible for the excess costs
AU Veterans Office

AU Central
201 Asbury Building

Walk - in hours: 1-5
By appointment: 9-12
veterans@american.edu
VA Education and Training Helpline: 1-888-442-4551
Please have SSN on-hand to ensure the VA can verify your records and enrollment