Aid for Veterans and Servicemembers
Hofstra University is proud to be a part of the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement program. We salute our veterans for their time of service and, through their Post 9/11 GI Benefits, encourage students to fulfill their educational dreams here at Hofstra. The Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
Please take the time to navigate this page and learn more information about Post 9/11 GI Bill® and other resources that may be available to you.
Receiving a Credit Evaluation: Military, Active Armed Services, Reserves
Hofstra University has a long history of supporting our military members. The American Council on Education (ACE) evaluates military training/Joint Services Transcripts and will send colleges and universities an ACE transcript with their recommendations for college course equivalencies (click on the previous link for more information). If you are applying to Hofstra University, you can have your ACE transcript sent to our Admission team for a transfer credit review before or after you receive an admission decision. We will review your military coursework and consider possible Hofstra University credits.
The University will review and work with the Department of Defense on any complaints received. The contact person is Nancy Metro.
VA News and Updates
- VA Employment Center
- VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (H.R. 674) passes Congress!
- Post 9/11 GI Bill® tuition benefits increase to $25,162.14 as of August 1, 2020
- For Members of the U.S. Armed Forces [PDF]
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. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses, and VA will match the same amount as the institution.
Who is Eligible?
Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. Therefore, you may be eligible if:
- You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
- You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
- You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
How Do I Apply for Benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®?
The Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. You should complete and submit the application form available online and will receive written notification explaining VA's decision regarding your eligibility for the program. If you are eligible, your Certificate of Eligibility will also advise you if your service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program. You should take your Certificate of Eligibility to Hofstra and ask us to certify your enrollment to VA, including Yellow Ribbon. You cannot certify your participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program directly with the VA. Hofstra must report this information on your enrollment certification.
Remember, to receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program:
- You must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®;
- Hofstra must have not offered Yellow Ribbon to more than the maximum number of individuals stated in the participation agreement;
- Hofstra must certify your enrollment to VA, including Yellow Ribbon program information.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.