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GI Bill

The GI Bill is a vital component of our nation’s veteran transition program. The University of Denver provides both the resources necessary to understand the different funding options and full counseling on the GI Bill works with other programs. See the information below and contact us if you have any questions.

POST GI BILL AND THE YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM

The Post 9/11 GI Bill has an annual tuition and fees payment cap of $21,184 per academic year for attendance at a private university. The University of Denver participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program to help cover additional costs. With a University contribution of $2,500 matched by the VA, students eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at the 100% level have a tuition and fee cap of $26184 for the 2015-2016 school year.  

COMPLETE THE VA ONLINE APPLICATION

Complete the VA application at VA Educational Benefit Application (VONAPP) as soon as possible. This is the step that may take the longest to process. Once you have received your DD214 from the military you are able to apply for you benefits even if you have not selected a college.

WHAT TO CONSIDER

The Post 9/11 GI Bill has an annual tuition and fees payment cap of $20,235 per academic year. This is prorated based on your level of eligibility determined by the VA. We encourage every prospective student to apply for Federal and University financial aid programs in order decide which program is best for you with all the information available.

SUBMIT THE DU APPLICATION FOR VETERANS BENEFITS AND VA CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY

We require the DU Application for Veterans Benefits in order to send your enrollment information to the VA for payment. Please submit this form along with a copy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility from VA to veterans@du.edu.

CHANGES IN ENROLLMENT

You are responsible for notifying the School Certifying Official at the University of Denver (Michelle Hanson, 303-871-4878, email) within 72 hours if any of the following changes are made:

  • Increase or decrease in hours
  • Withdrawal from class
  • Complete withdrawal from the university
  • Change of address
  • Incompletes received instead of grades

A reduction in your course load may result in a retroactive reduction in benefits and a debt to the VA. You will be responsible for paying back any and all debts to the Veteran's Administration if an overpayment is made.

TRANSFERING BENEFITS TO DEPENDENTS

For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Scholarships

The scholarship search process should include looking into school based programs, general outside scholarships, and specific veteran/military programs and awards. Follow the guidance below, but always look to expand the potential places to submit your application. 

Create a file with letters, essays and an academic resume

The information you submit for college admissions, job searches and the like is often the same information requested in the scholarship application process. Keeping a record of these as you create them can make the scholarship process much easier to navigate.

Ensure you explore University of Denver scholarship programs

Search the scholarships at The University of Denver by going to the Office of Financial Aid. Many of our students receive scholarships that help pay for additional expense above and beyond the GI Bill.

Conduct general scholarship searches

The scholarship search process can be as broad or narrow as you make it. The general University of Denver scholarship search engine can help get you started, but do not forget to use Google as well. We encourage you to use the same collection of letters, essays and your resume created above to make your search and application process as streamlined as possible.

Search for Military/Veteran specific awards

There are many awards specifically created for military personnel, veterans and their families. Utilize search tools such as Millitary.com's Scholarship Finder and foundations such as the Pat Tillman Foundation to start the process. You may also arrange an appointment to review hard copy scholarship information in my office.