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Veterans Benefits @ TC


For more than 120 years, Teachers College has educated nearly 100,000 people from around the world. With a tradition of innovation and insight, Teachers College embraces three fields of study: education, psychology, and health. But Teachers College is more than a school for teachers. Students prepare for careers in all aspects of understanding, managing, and enhancing human potential and performance.

How To Apply for Enrollment Certification with the VA

lease complete and return a Veterans Benefits Enrollment Certification Form below to the Registrar's Office each term you wish to certify your enrollment with the VA. The Registrar's Office will start certifying enrollments the day after the add/drop period closes in a given term. There is no deadline to submit the form, though it is recommended to submit early in the term to ensure the VA submits payment in a timely manner. The form can be submitted in-person to the Registrar's Office (324 Thorndike Hall), by fax to (212) 678-3005, or via email to registrar@tc.columbia.edu.

Post-9/11 - Chapter 33 GI Bill Benefits

The 100% Post-9/11 benefit for academic year 2015-2016 is $21,084.89.

Please Note: the VA will pay as much of the benefit in the first term of the academic year that you certify. Typically, this means a higher VA payment in the fall term and a smaller payment in the spring, until you reach your maximum eligible benefit.

For example, in 2013-2014, if a student receiving 100% of the benefit is charged $15,000 in tuition and fees in both the fall 2013 and spring 2014 terms, the VA will cover the full $15,000 in fall, but only $4,198.31 in the spring. This will leave a balance of $10,801.69 for the student to pay. Please budget for this accordingly.

Teachers College - A Yellow Ribbon School

Teachers College has been approved by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to participate in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. In fact, all of the graduate and professional schools of Columbia University as well as the Undergraduate School of General Studies are proud participants in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The Yellow Ribbon Program’s mission to promote educational access and equity closely parallels the Teachers College founding vision of bringing educational opportunities to all members of society. Supporting the academic goals of veterans by helping them accomplish their educational aspirations throughout the fields of education, psychology, and health is a welcomed and invaluable opportunity for Teachers College.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and is a direct tuition assistance program. Approved by Congress during 2008, the Yellow Ribbon Program was created to provide a significant expansion of available financial aid for post-9/11 veterans.

Under the Yellow Ribbon program, Teachers College and the VA will match funds to cover tuition and fees up to a total $10,000 above the maximum Post-9/11 benefit in an academic year.

US Veterans

  • Veterans who served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, for at least 36 months.
  • Veterans who were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability, and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.
  • Active duty service members are nt eligible for Yellow Ribbon.

Families of US Veterans

Based upon service requirements, veterans entitled to the maximum Yellow Ribbon Program rate may be able to transfer their benefits to their family members (i.e., spouse, children, dependents).

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