Veterans Education Benefits

Friends University programs are approved for Veterans Education Benefits. Veterans, veteran dependents, and others eligible for veterans' education programs should determine their benefits and obtain authorization from the appropriate veterans' office prior to enrollment at Friends University. A copy of the student's authorization form must be received by the Registrar’s office, VA Certifying Official prior to student's enrollment. No enrollments will be processed without proper authorization. VA-funded students are responsible for notifying the Friends University VA Certifying Official immediately of any action affecting their enrollment status. Failure to do so may result in termination of benefits.

In 2008, the GI Bill was updated with the enactment of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, giving veterans with active duty service on, or after, Sept. 11, 2001, enhanced educational benefits that cover more educational expenses, provide a living allowance, money for books and the ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This program allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the maximum base pay amount. Friends University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Effective August 1, 2011, the Post 9/11 GI Bill will pay up to $17,500 per academic year for private universities. The VA will, in addition, match Friends University contributions under the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Friends University will not provide institutional scholarships or grants (including Friends University controlled tuition benefits such as tuition remission or tuition exchange or waivers provided to other institutions or businesses as a part of agreements) or State grants to students eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. This policy in no way changes the total amount of aid the student will receive since the VA is now paying benefits based on net tuition. Students not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program will be eligible for Friends University scholarships; pursuant to VA Regulations, eligibility of VA Benefits will be calculated on the net tuition and fees after the application of institutional funds.