G.I. Bill and Veterans Benefits

Yellow Ribbon Program

Kellogg proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides financial assistance to interested students of the armed forces. Each year, the school awards Yellow Ribbon Program grants to up to 50 eligible students.

The following information applies to the 2015-16 academic year.

Eligibility

In order to qualify for Yellow Ribbon, you must first be 100% eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Please contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to inquire about your eligibility for benefits and request your Certificate of Eligibility.

In addition, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Receive admission to the Part-Time MBA Program
  • Prior to matriculation, confirm your intent to enroll by submitting your tuition deposit to the Part-Time MBA Program.
  • Submit your Certificate of Eligibility and copy of your DD 214 (a form indicating your release or discharge from active duty) to the Northwestern University Registrar’s Office. You must request these forms through the VA.
  • Provide copies of the Certificate of Eligibility and DD 214 to the Office of Financial Aid-Chicago at financial-aid-chicago@northwestern.edu or by fax at 312.503.8700.

Rules and regulations

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):

  • Students must exhaust their full Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit for the academic year before Yellow Ribbon funding is paid.
  • The maximum grant that student can receive from Kellogg through the Yellow Ribbon Program is $15,000 per academic year.
  • The amount a student receives from Kellogg is matched by the VA. The amount cannot exceed tuition and mandatory fees as listed by the VA.
  • Grants are awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis. Grants are limited to 50 students each academic year.

    Benefits distribution

    Receiving payment for VA educational benefits

    Payment for the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Ch. 30), Montgomery GI Bill-Reserves (Ch. 1606), and REAP (Ch. 1607) will be made directly to you. Contact the VA at 888.442.4551 for information on how payments will be issued.

    Receiving payment for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33)

    Payment will be issued after the VA receives and processes your enrollment certification from Northwestern University.

    The VA will not provide a payment timeline to Northwestern University. You must contact the GI Bill hotline at 888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551) for information on when payments will be issued.

    Please note:

    • Living stipends will be issued directly to you by the VA on a monthly basis.
    • Payment for tuition and fees will be issued directly to Northwestern University by the VA and will be credited to your account. The amount paid is determined by the VA and may not cover the full cost of tuition and fees.
    • Northwestern will place an "anticipated credit" on your account for the portion of the tuition and fees that you will be receiving from the VA until tuition and fee payments are received. This means that you will not be required to front the money expected from the VA and will not be issued late fees on your account for the amount expected by VA.
    • The anticipated credit is Northwestern's best guess at what you will receive in payment based on your Certificate of Eligibility and enrollment for the academic term. If the actual payment received by the VA is less than what was estimated, you will be responsible for paying the difference out-of-pocket or through financial aid.
    • Yellow Ribbon payments from the VA will be issued directly to Northwestern University and will be credited to your account.
    • The Yellow Ribbon match provided by Northwestern will be credited to the your account at the same time the VA Yellow Ribbon payment is credited.

    Your responsibility

    You are responsible for completing any necessary steps as directed by the VA to ensure that Northwestern University receives the Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition payment and the VA’s portion of the Yellow Ribbon payment.

    Please refer to your Certificate of Eligibility or call 888.442.4551 to verify that you have completed all necessary steps with the VA.

    Contact information

    If you are eligible for VA benefits, please contact:

    Office of the Registrar
    Northwestern University
    Attn: Charmaine Nicholson
    633 Clark St.
    Evanston, IL 60208-1280
    847.491.5234

    Office of Financial Aid — Chicago
    Northwestern University
    Attn: Julia Jenkins
    710 N. Lakeshore Dr. Suite 629
    Chicago, IL 60611
    312.503.8722

    Helpful links

    For more information about veterans benefits, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ website.

    How benefits apply

    Here’s how benefits might apply to an eligible Part-Time student taking one course in September 2015:

    Tuition Charge Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefit ($20,235.02 Max) Yellow Ribbon Grant (Kellogg) Yellow Ribbon Grant (VA) Balance Due
    Summer 2015
    $5,969.00
    $5,969.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    Fall 2015
    $6,208.00
    $6,208.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    Winter 2016
    $6,208.00
    $6,208.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    Spring 2016
    $6,208.00
    $2,699.89
    $1,754.06
    $1,754.05
    $0.00
    TOTAL
    $24,593.00
    $21,084.89
    $1,754.06
    $1,754.06
    $0.00

    Here’s how benefits might apply to an eligible Part-Time student taking two courses in September 2015:

    Tuition Charge Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefit ($20,235.02 Max) Yellow Ribbon Grant (Kellogg) Yellow Ribbon Grant (VA) Balance Due
    Summer 2015
    $11,938.00
    $11,938.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    Fall 2015
    $12,416.00
    $9,146.89
    $1,634.56
    $1,634.55
    $0.00
    Winter 2016
    $12,416.00
    $0.00
    $6,208.00
    $6,208.00
    $0.00
    Spring 2016
    $12,416.00
    $0.00
    $6,208.00
    $6,208.00
    $0.00
    TOTAL
    $49,186
    $21,084.89
    $14,050.56
    $14,050.56
    $0.00

    Here’s how benefits might apply to an eligible Part-Time student taking three courses in September 2015:

    Tuition Charge Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefit ($20,235.02 Max) Yellow Ribbon Grant (Kellogg) Yellow Ribbon Grant (VA) Balance Due
    Summer 2015
    $17,907.00
    $17,907.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    Fall 2015
    $18,624.00
    $3,177.89
    $7,723.06
    $7,723,05
    $0.00
    Winter 2016
    $18,624.00
    $0.00
    $7,276.94
    $7,276.95
    $4,070.11
    Winter 2016
    $18,624.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $18,624.00
    TOTAL
    $73,779.00
    $21,084.89
    $15,000.00
    $15,000.00
    $22,694.11

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