VA Educational Benefits and the Yellow Ribbon Program

The University of Mary’s Military Student Services Office has a dedicated team experienced in helping students understand their military and VA benefits. Our team has the understanding to help our military students maximize the use of tuition assistance and VA education benefits. More information for specific benefits is below. If you have any questions about your benefits, please contact our Military Student Services office.

This bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans. Generally, benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. This benefit is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001 as well as those discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

This bill covers the following:

  1. Your full tuition and fees directly to the school for all public school in-state students. At the University of Mary tuition and fees are capped at the national maximum rate.
  2. Your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is generally the same as the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. Your MHA is based on the ZIP code for your school. Learn what the monthly housing allowance will be by using this Comparison Tool.
  3. An annual books and supplies stipend–paid to the student–up to $1,000, which is paid proportionately based on the number of credits taken each semester.
  4. The University of Mary is a Yellow Ribbon School which provides veterans who are eligible additional funds for tuition and fees. The Yellow Ribbon program is only applicable to servicemembers who qualify for the 100% benefit level and are not on active duty.

Begin your application for Chapter 33 via the VA by using this button:

This program assists veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. Veterans with a 10% or more VA service connect disability rating may apply and receive a comprehensive evaluation.

If a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor determines the veteran has an Employment Handicap or Serious Employment Handicap, services may be provided to assist the veteran in gaining suitable employment. If training or education is needed to qualify the veteran for employment, VR&E may support tuition, fees, books, supplies, and required equipment.

For more information, please visit the VA website.

This program pays up to 45 months of education benefits to a spouse or child of a veteran who is permanently disabled or died due to a service connected disability. The disability must have occurred while the veteran was on active duty status. A child must use the benefit between the ages of 18-26 and a wife has 10 years to use the benefit from the date it is issued.

Please contact [email protected] for details or start your application for Chapter 35 via the VA using this button:

This program may be available to you if you are a member of the National Guard or Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Your benefit entitlement ends 14 years from the date of your eligibility for the program, or on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.

For more information, call toll-free 1-888-442-4551 or apply on the VA website using this button:


Start your application for Chapter 30 via the VA using this button:

Veterans Administration Education Programs

The VA provides many benefits to advance the education and skills of veterans and service members. Learn more about these and other education and training programs administered by VA.

Military Housing Allowance Calculator

The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a U.S. based allowance prescribed by geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. Get BAH rates using the BAH calculator.