Drew University expresses its gratitude to all veterans for your service to our country. We are pleased that you are considering Drew as you evaluate your options for starting or resuming your undergraduate education. Drew recognizes that the qualities honed through your military service—dedication, perseverance, and leadership—are the foundation for future academic success.

Drew University is committed to assisting veterans in achieving their educational goals and is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program at maximum funding levels. Admitted students who qualify for 100% of the VA benefits under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill will automatically be eligible to receive Yellow Ribbon Program funds, which allow Drew to award scholarships of up to 50% of additional tuition costs, with the remaining 50% to be matched by the VA.  Only veterans who qualify for 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits can receive this additional funding.

The bottom line? Full tuition and fees covered for an undergraduate education at Drew for qualified students!

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For assistance before or during your application process, please contact:

The Office of Continuing Education
973-408-3400 or owl@drew.edu

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

The Post 9/11 GI Bill, also referred to as Chapter 33, offers veterans who have served after September 10, 2001 a chance to pursue higher education. This comprehensive educational benefits package will be made available as of August 1, 2009.

Who qualifies?

  • Those having served at least 90 days of continuous active duty after 9/10/01


  • Those having served at least 30 days of continuous active duty after 9/10/01 discharged due to a service-related disability.

How much will a veteran receive from the VA?

The amount of financial assistance is dependent upon the state in which the particular institution or program is located. The amount made available to an individual is capped at the highest in-state, undergraduate tuition & fees rate. A veteran’s length of service after 9/11/01 determines the benefit eligibility as follows:

  • 100% – 36 or more total months
  • 100% – 30 or more consecutive days with Disability related Discharge.
  • 90% – 30 total months
  • 80% – 24 total months
  • 70% – 18 total months
  • 60% – 12 total months
  • 50% – six total months
  • 40% – 90 or more days

*Note that only those who have served for a total of 36 months or more, or those who have served 30 or more consecutive days with disability-related discharge are eligible to receive 100% of the available benefits.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Institutions have the option of participating in a matching program called “The Yellow Ribbon Program” with the cooperation of the Department of Veterans Affairs. By enrolling in this program, an institution can choose to waive up to 50% of any excess expenses the veteran may incur by enrolling in a more expensive school/program. The VA will then match that same amount, making it possible for some veterans to receive up to 100% coverage of additional charges.

Drew University has chosen to waive 50% of the additional tuition for up to 20 eligible students for academic year 2009-2010. This additional funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to those admitted and eligible applicants. Only veterans who qualify for 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits can receive this additional funding.

Are there any additional benefits aside from tuition assistance?

Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, veterans may receive a monthly housing stipend determined by the zip code of the chosen institution of higher learning. However, those enrolled at a half-time status, enrolled solely in an online program, and individuals currently on active duty are not eligible to receive the housing allowance, although they still receive tuition assistance.

Participants will also receive up to $1,000 per academic year to help cover the costs of books, supplies, and any additional fees. Active duty members do not qualify for the stipend.

For how long are individuals entitled to the benefits?

Generally veterans are entitled to 36 months of the educational benefits. Individuals who elect to enroll in Chapter 33 after previously receiving benefits from the Montgomery Bill (Chapter 30) are only entitled to the number of months they had remaining under Chapter 30.

Do educational benefits expire?

Yes, veterans must utilize their benefits within 15 years of the date of discharge or release from active duty of at least 90 consecutive days.

How does an interested veteran get started?

Service members must apply and be admitted to Drew University through the Adult Undergraduate Degree program, administered by the Office of Continuing Education. To receive an application package, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at owl@drew.edu or at 973/408-3400.

Full or partial eligibility for Chapter 33 benefits does not guarantee admission to Drew University, nor does admission to Drew University affect a service member’s eligibility. Please note that eligibility for funding is determined by the VA, not by Drew University.

For the most up-to-date information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill, please visit www.gibill.va.gov.

What is the deadline for application?

The Adult Undergraduate Degree Program has a rolling deadline for application decisions.  Applications for fall study are due by August 1st; applications for spring study are due by January 1st.

How does an individual determine which VA educational benefits or programs would be most appropriate?

For more information on the VA’s educational programs or to receive individualized counseling, please visit www.gibill.va.gov or call 1-800-GI-Bill-1.

This information was collected from the website of the Department of Veterans Affairs and is accurate to the best of our knowledge at this time. Veterans should rely on official VA documentation and policies in determining their individual eligibility for educational benefits.

Last updated: July 2009