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.

You can view the University's participation in the Yellow Ribbon program by clicking here or the "yellow ribbon" image on the left sidebar of the page.

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

Veterans Affairs related documents and questions should be submitted here.

The Chamber of Commerce also provides an updated guide relatiing to VA benefits here

Steps to Using Military TA

  • Please speak with your Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your military service prior to enrolling into the institution. 
  • We recommend you start this process at least 6 weeks prior to your course start date.
  • Apply for admission to our university and print your degree plan.
  • Register for courses; all branches require registration prior to approval.
  • Choose Military TA as your payment method.
  • Meet with your Education Services Officer (ESO) for a briefing on TA.
  • Request required TA forms through your branch education portal for each course with a unique start date (use TA school code 3389A).
  • Army students will need to use the ArmyIgnitED portal to request TA. You will apply for tuition assistance through the portal and it will be sent electronically to UChicago for processing.
  • Air Force students will utilize an online system for requesting Air Force tuition assistance through the Air Force Virtual Education Center. You will apply for tuition assistance through the portal and it will be sent electronically to APUS for processing.
  • Navy, Marine Corps., and Coast Guard Students will submit an application through the Navy College Office's Virtual WebTA portal.
    • Please review these helpful steps to assist with the Navy College Office's Tuition Assistance approvals.
    • You may send a copy of your Tuition Assistance Authorization to the bursar and OMAC by clicking here.
    • Disclose all sources of aid: Contact the financial aid office if you plan to use multiple sources of aid, such as FSA or other scholarships.
  • Please note, your approved Military TA request must be received and processed at least two days prior to the start of your course.

Veterans Affairs Pending Payment Compliance

Beginning August 1, 2019, and despite any policy to the contrary, the University of Chicago will not take any of the four following actions toward any student using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33)1 or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while their payment from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs is pending to the educational institution:

Prevent their enrollment; 

Assess a late penalty fee to; 

Require they secure alternative or additional funding; 

Deny their access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

Produce the VA’s Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class; 

Provide written request to be certified; 

Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies (see our VA School Certifying Official for all requirements). 

1GI 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 website.