Military Benefits

The University of Virginia School of Law is proud to serve all military affiliated students including active duty, veterans, reservists, National Guard members and dependents in pursuing their academic and professional goals.

Educational benefits are available for veterans, family members of veterans, and active military personnel. These programs have different benefits packages and eligibility requirements. The Post 9/11 GI Bill™ provides up to 36 months (4 regular school years) of education benefits to eligible service members (Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve) and Veterans who have served at least 90 days on active duty since 9/10/2001. Benefits are tiered based on number of days on active duty and may be transferred to a spouse or family member. To determine eligibility, veterans should review the GI Bill website and active duty members should consult with their Education Services Officer (ESO) and review the Military Tuition Assistance website. 

*GI Bill™ is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Helpful Resources: 

  • For questions about using your benefits, please contact the Law School Financial Aid Office at financialaid@law.virginia.edu
  • For additional resources and information (including Estimated Monthly Housing Allowance, Choice Act eligibility, and Department of military education Affairs FAQs), please visit UREG’s VA resource page.
  • For more information on in-state privileges, domicile requirements, and other information for active duty, retired, and discharged military members, please see the Office of Virginia Status eligibility page.
Yellow Ribbon Program

The University of Virginia School of Law is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. The Yellow Ribbon Program is part of the provisions of the Chapter 33/Post 9/11 GI Bill® Benefit program, which provides education benefits to military veterans and active-duty service members who have served on active duty for at least 36 months since Sept. 11, 2001.

Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. Therefore, veterans may be eligible if:

  • they served an aggregate period of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • they were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001;
  • they 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.

The process for applying for Yellow Ribbon benefits for is:

  1. Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs and obtain a Certificate of Eligibility for Post-9/11 education benefits. The certificate will indicate both your eligibility for benefits and your level of benefits earned. If you are deemed to be 100 percent eligible for Post-9/11 benefits, your certificate will also indicate that you are eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits.
  2. You must then submit your Certificate of Eligibility to the Veterans Benefits Administrator in the Office of the University Registrar, along with UVA’s “Military Educational Benefits Request (MEBR)" form, available at www.virginia.edu/registrar/veterans.html. A new “Military Educational Benefits Request (MEBR)”  form is required for each academic semester.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Information About the Yellow Ribbon Program

University of Virginia information on Veterans’ Educational Benefits

Virginia Military Survivors & Dependents Education Program

The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP) is a Commonwealth of Virginia program that provides education benefits to spouses and children of qualifying Veterans who have been rated by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (USDVA) as totally and permanently disabled or at least 90 percent permanently disabled as a result of military service or qualifying Military Service Members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who have been rated by the USDVA as totally and permanently disabled or at least 90 percent permanently disabled as a direct result of involvement in covered military combat. Military service includes the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves, or the Virginia National Guard.

Additional details and application information can be found on the University's Military Benefits website. 

In-state Tuition Rates

All veterans and active-duty military personnel (including LL.M students) qualify for in-state tuition and fee rates even if they haven't lived in Virginia prior to attending UVA. 

Once students have established a physical address in Virginia, non-residents of Virginia should submit the Virginia Student Status Application and include a copy of their DD-214 or a copy of their orders to Charlottesville if active duty. 

Dependents using transferred GI Bill benefits may also be eligible for in-state tuition via the Veterans Choice Act. When submitting the Military Education Benefits Request Form, dependents should indicate their intent to use the Choice Act on the form. Proof of a Virginia address and a copy of the veteran's DD-214 or a copy of active military orders will also be required.