Financial Support

OMAC is committed to helping military-affiliated students receive the best-suited benefit for your educational needs. An in-depth analysis of your military status and benefits can be examined by the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities. The University is a partner of the Yellow Ribbon Program and the Department of Defenses' Memorandum of Understanding for tuition assistance.

Below you will find some links to military-affiliated benefits for staff, faculty and students.

Financial Aid

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 either the annual maximum cap for private institutions or the resident tuition and fees for a public institution. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

The Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) must agree to:

  • Provide contributions to eligible individuals who apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program on a first-come first-served basis, regardless of the rate at which the individual is pursuing training in any given academic year;
  • Provide contributions during the current academic year and all subsequent academic years in which the IHL is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance;
  • Make contributions toward the program on behalf of the individual in the form of a grant, scholarship, etc;
  • State the dollar amount that will be contributed for each participant during the academic year;
  • State the maximum number of individuals for whom contributions will be made in any given academic year.

For a list of FAQ's concerning the Yellow Ribbon, please click here

Veterans Affairs related documents and questions should be submitted to the VA School Certifying Official and to veterans@uchicago.edu 

JoAnn Creviston, VA School Certifying Official

Office of the University Registrar

1427 East 60th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

773.702.3562 fax

Below are examples for students using GI Bill benefits. The rates by the VA and tuition and fees can change yearly, so always be sure to check rates. Also, this is just an example and not all fees associated with UChicago may be applicable to you. Please consult the financial aid office at your respective division for questions. 

John Doe is a veteran of the Army and receives 100% of the Post 9/11GI Bill and, as such, qualifies for the Yellow Ribbon. John chooses to enroll into the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. 

Based on the VA’s current  rate for private schools:

  • John would receive up to the maximum of $24, 476.79 per academic year for tuition
  • John would also receive a monthly housing stipend (E-5 with dependents) based on the location of the school
  • An annual book/fee stipend of $1,000 paid annually

Harris tuition and fees totaling $53,673 for the academic year (3 courses per quarter)

Ex. The VA pays $24,476.79 to Harris, but there is an outstanding difference of $29,196.21 for the academic year.

In addition to the initial amount paid by the VA, Harris also participates in theYellow Ribbon Program at $15,000 annually for an unlimited number of students.

$53.673 (tuition and fee charge) minus $24,476.79 (initial amount paid by VA) = $29,196.21 (remaining balance)

Student is eligible and applies for Yellow Ribbon at the University of Chicago

$29,196.21 is split between the VA and Harris ($14,598.10 each)

VA pays an additional $14,598.10 towards student account and Harris pays $14,598.10 Yellow Ribbon funds towards the student account.