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Request for Certification (RFC)

Request for Certification: This form must be completed and submitted before each semester / module you plan on using VA Education Benefits 

 

Click here for RFC Form

VA Benefits Application Form

This initializes your benefits and must only be completed once

After completing this form, the VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

Apply for Education Benefits

Yellow Ribbon Application

For newly admitted students who meet the general eligibility requirements and for current/continuing student who've changed their degree program (Ex: BA to MA, JD to MBA), you must re-apply for Yellow Ribbon between August 1st and July 31st of the following year in order to be awarded Yellow Ribbon 
  • You do not need to re-apply for Yellow Ribbon each semester
  • Certificate Programs are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon

Yellow Ribbon Application

Complete EVERY semester

For Graduate Students enrolled in a program with modular courses, please complete a request for certification before the beginning of each module.

This form may be completed retroactively (late), however completing a retroactive (late) request for certification does not guarantee funds will cover excessive cost of attendance if a student complete multiple subsequent enrollments and exceeds benefit caps (see Yellow Ribbon tab). Completing a retroactive (late) request for certification will cause a delay in submitting your enrollment to the VA and may result in unexpected expenses to the student as well as delays in housing allowance/BAH and books & supplies stipend.

Non-credit programs are not eligible for VA Benefits
Newly admitted AU students who meet the basic eligibility requirements should apply (between August 1st - July 31st)

Current Yellow Ribbon Program recipients need not reapply UNLESS you're changing your degree program (BA/BS to MA/MS, etc) and you must apply between August 1st - July 31st)

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 who enroll in a full-time status during Fall and Spring exhaust their funding for the academic year and is not recommended to enroll in the Summer. No tuition funds can be dispersed to undergraduates who enroll in the Summer after enrolling full time during Fall and Spring.
Prior to enrolling, undergraduates considering to enroll in the Summer should contact the Veterans Office at least a week prior to the add/drop deadline.
Undergraduates enrolled in over 17.5 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)

When eligibility ratings change that result in an increase to where the student becomes potentially eligible to receive Yellow Ribbon (ex: 80% to 100%), the date the applicant became eligible is considered the effective date of eligibility to be awarded Yellow Ribbon. AU will only award and disperse Yellow Ribbon funds from that date forward. Retroactive Yellow Ribbon funds cannot be dispersed to previous semesters.
Changes made AFTER the add/drop deadline are the responsibility of the student

All students:

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

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

Undergraduates:

Undergraduates enrolled in over 17.5 credit hours are responsible for the excess costs

Contact the Veterans Office before enrolling in Summer

Graduates:

Please notify the Veterans Office via veterans@american.edu or complete a request for certification if your enrollment has changed (if you've added or dropped classes).

Graduate students enrolled in programs with modular classes should complete a request for certification before the beginning of each module.

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