If you are a qualifying veteran, you may be eligible for educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through one of several VA programs. Children of veterans may also be eligible. In all cases, the decision to use your benefits or to save them for graduate school, for example, is a personal one and we encourage you to consider all of your options.
The Office of Financial Aid serves as the dedicated site for our student veterans and military-connected students to gather information about benefits and supplemental financial aid support. It is responsible for the administration of all US Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits processing and is dedicated to making the process as smooth as possible. We are the central place for veteran's resources and certifying processing.
VA Education Benefits Programs
- Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill
- Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation
- Chapter 32 – VEAP (Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program)
- Chapter 33 – Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Chapter 35 – Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program
- Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserve
- Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
VA Benefits for Dependent Undergraduate Students
If you have a parent who has served in the U.S. military and is eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) educational benefits, your parent may choose to transfer these benefits to you, to go toward your Pomona College expenses. The decision to use these VA benefits or to save them for graduate school or for use by other siblings, for example, is a family decision and we encourage you to consider all of your options. Chapter 33 tuition and fees benefits are paid directly to Pomona College and applied to your charges, but the VA will send your books benefit and housing allowance payments directly to you (the student). You should plan to use a portion of your housing allowance to pay for your on-campus room and board charges.
VA Benefits for Independent Undergraduate Students
We encourage you to carefully consider whether you want to use your Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits for your undergraduate expenses at Pomona College, or to save some or all of your benefits eligibility to use for graduate school costs. Some students decide that Pomona's need-based financial aid package is sufficient to cover their undergraduate expenses, and that it makes financial sense to reserve their Chapter 33 benefits for graduate study. If you have a graduate program in mind, you may want to find out whether your Chapter 33 benefits could be used for that program. You should also consider the expiration date of your Chapter 33 benefits eligibility.
When you apply for financial aid from Pomona College, we will provide an award letter that shows your eligibility for need-based aid without Chapter 33 benefits. If you choose to use your benefits, your need-based scholarship aid from Pomona will be adjusted to reflect the expected amounts of your Chapter 33 benefits for tuition, fees, and books, as well as the portion of the VA housing allowance matching the budgeted amount for your room and board costs (any additional amount of VA housing allowance will not be considered in the financial aid process). Chapter 33 benefits replace the Student Responsibility portion of the aid package. Chapter 33 benefits do not affect your eligibility for federal Title IV aid programs (grants and loans).
Pomona College Yellow Ribbon Program
What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?
The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 33. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning to enter into a voluntary agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to contribute funds to a veteran's unmet tuition and fee charges when their tuition and fees charges exceed the amount payable under Chapter 33.
Only 100% maximum benefited rate under Chapter 33 is eligible for this funding. The Yellow Ribbon Program is not available for an active service member and spouse of an active service member.
Pomona College provides $5000 per student for the Yellow Ribbon scholarship which is matched 100% by the Veterans’ Administration.
Student Application Policy/Procedures for the Yellow Ribbon Program:
- Students should determine eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Yellow Ribbon Program Information website.
- Students should apply, if they are eligible, for education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Students should apply for and receive confirmation of admission to Pomona. Students should be sure to make an informed decision concerning their choice of Post-9/11 GI Bill. It is our understanding that there are typically more than one educational benefit choice for individuals with military experience and that once selected, benefit choices are irrevocable. For information on benefits, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website.
- Eligible students, after receiving an offer admission from Pomona College, should fill out the Request for Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program form [pdf] and, if available, attach their Certificate of Eligibility. Pomona processes the Request for Participation forms on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may scan and e-mail, or fax this form to the Financial Aid Office.
- Eligible students must complete the Step 4 (above) and submit confirmation of their eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program to the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. Confirmation of eligibility may be in the form of a U.S. Department of Veteran Services Certificate of Eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Failure to submit this confirmation in a timely manner will result in the student's removal from the Yellow Ribbon Program participation list.
Ahmanson Foundation Veteran’s Scholarship
The Pomona College Ahmanson Foundation Veteran’s Scholarship (AFVS) is intended to assist undergraduate students that are Post 9/11 VA fund recipients who are pursuing a degree and demonstrate financial need. The award is not exclusive to tuition charges and can be used toward other educationally related expenses. This need-based fund, which supports the College’s goal of access and affordability, is only available to a student who is a veteran and qualifies for need based aid beyond the amount the VA benefits would cover. There is no separate application for this scholarship. Students who are eligible to receive need based aid will be awarded this fund as part of the financial aid package.
All scholarship recipients must demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and be enrolled in courses that are applicable to their degree program. Scholarship recipients may be asked to submit a written note of thanks to the Ahmanson Foundation as part of their scholarship requirements.