Stanford is fully committed to making a Stanford education affordable for undergraduates through its generous need-based financial aid policies
You are encouraged to review Undergraduate Basics to get a better understanding of how our need-based financial aid program works. Our net price calculator will provide an approximation of what you may be expected to contribute toward your education. Typically, military veterans are considered independent of parental financial support, meaning that financial need will be calculated according to your individual financial situation without regard to parents' financial circumstances. Select the appropriate classification below for an undergraduate financial example with and without the use of VA education benefits.
Graduate students should contact their departments for information about how VA Benefits may impact other funding offered.
GI Bill Educational Benefits and the Yellow Ribbon Program
All students who are eligible to receive benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (or any prior GI Bill) will be certified to the Department of Veterans Affairs by the Office of the University Registrar. In many cases, educational benefits from the GI Bill will not be the sole financial support Stanford may offer, and should be viewed as complementary to our generous aid policies. All GI Bill benefits, including those awarded by the Yellow Ribbon Program, will be coordinated with the need-based aid package that is determined for you by the Stanford Financial Aid Office.
Stanford University is proud to take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program that allows us to make additional funds available for students' education programs without additional charges to their GI Bill entitlement. Stanford University is committed to honoring all students who receive the full entitlement of the Post 9/11 GI Bill® with a contribution starting at $3,000 per year. The Department of Veterans Affairs will match this amount in addition to the base tuition, fee and living expense allowances for which the student is qualified.
Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Section 103)
Stanford University is a participant in the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 signed into law on December 31, 2018, by the President of the United States. This provision was effective August 1, 2019, for any students that are considered " a covered individual" using Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits or any participants in Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program benefits at a public, private for-profit or not for profit institution regarding unpaid tuition and fees.
The policy states that the university will NOT:
1. Assess late penalty fees/charges due to delayed disbursements from the Department of Veterans Affairs under Chapter 31 or Chapter 33.
2. Prevent students from enrolling in classes
3. Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding to cover the applicable tuition and fee expenses.
4. Deny the student access to any school resources to include (access to classes, libraries or other institutional facilities) that are available to other paid students.
The school WILL require that each student provides the following:
1. An official Department of Veterans Affairs "Certificate of Eligibility" or "Statement of Benefits" from the VA website or (eBenefits, VAF 28-1905) on or before the first day of class for the semester
2. Complete a written certification request to be certified for benefits, and
3. Provide additional information required to ensure proper certification of benefits.
4. If there is a difference in the amount of the student's financial obligation to the university and the amount that the student is eligible to receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the student may incur an additional fee or payment may be required to make an additional payment to make up the difference.
With all contingencies met the Department of Veterans Affairs will provide the university with payment either ending on the earlier of the dates following:
• the date in which the payment from the VA is made to the institution.
• 90 days after the date that the institution has certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the "Certificate of Eligibility"
What is a "Covered Individual?"
Any individual who is entitled to receive educational assistance under either Chapter 33:Post 9/11 GI Bill or a participant under Chapter 31:Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program.