»Chapman's Yellow Ribbon Program

Chapman University is pleased to participate in in the Yellow Ribbon program of the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33). The Yellow Ribbon program makes additional funds available to qualifying individuals without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.

Program Eligibility
Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (100% based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this funding, though child transferees may be eligible if the servicemember is qualified at the 100% rate. You may be eligible if:

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


Program Details
In addition to the regular benefits provided under the Post 9/11 GI Bill Chapman University’s Yellow Ribbon Agreement provides the following to students accepted to the program.

Undergraduate Students – Chapman University will contribute up to $17,500* towards qualifying tuition and fees per academic year and VA will contribute matching funds. Up to 65 students may participate in the program.

Graduate Students - Chapman University will contribute up to $6,000* towards qualifying tuition and fees per academic year and VA will contribute matching funds. Up to 20 students may participate in the program.

Doctoral Students - Chapman University will contribute up to $17,500* towards qualifying tuition and fees per academic year and VA will contribute matching funds. Up to 5 students may participate in the program.

Law School Students – For program details please contact the School of Law at (714) 628-2522.

Students accepted to the Yellow Ribbon Program will be automatically renewed each academic year provided they meet the following requirements:

  • Chapman University continues to participate in the program
  • You maintain satisfactory progress towards completion of your program
  • You remain continuously enrolled (per school policy)
  • You have remaining entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill

*Chapman University’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program is voluntary. Chapman may choose not to participate or change the contribution amount offered in future years.

Application Process
Students must be admitted to Chapman University before applying to the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis based upon the date and time a VA Student Responsibility Form is received by the Registrar’s Office at va@chapman.edu. If all awards have been allotted students will remain on a waiting list based on the order their application was received.

Financial Aid
Chapman strongly encourages all applicants to apply for financial aid by completing and submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to maximize all financing opportunities available. Servicemembers should always complete a FAFSA for additional scholarship, grant and loan eligibility options each year. You must indicate your VA education eligibility in step 2 of your FAFSA. Some veteran benefits are considered part of financial aid. Veteran benefits may affect your eligibility for certain Chapman University scholarships.

+-What Am I Eligible For?

Eligibility for VA Educational Benefits is determined by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Chances are you fall into one of the following groups. If you are not sure which benefit may apply to you contact the VA Regional Office in Muskogee, Oklahoma at (888) 442-4551.

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How do I choose the best academic program for me?

  • Find out about which academic programs are the best fit for you by scheduling an appointment with an admission counselor by calling (714) 997-6711 or go to our Visit Chapman site.
  • If you are unsure about which program is the best fit for you, visit the Academic Advising Center at Chapman University.

How much does it cost to attend Chapman?

  • Click here for cost of attendance information at Chapman University

How do I transfer my credits to Chapman?

  • Click here to learn how to transfer to Chapman University including an informative video.
  • Click here to learn how about obtaining an academic transcript for your military experience.

How do I apply to Chapman?

NOTE:  The Fowler School of Law application information is included on the Graduate apply now site.

For more information on applying to Chapman, please contact Andy Sison at (714) 997-6953 or at sison@chapman.edu.

+-I’ve Been Admitted to Chapman University

Once you’ve been admitted to Chapman University you will need to do the following.

  1. Submit a VA Student Responsibility Form to va@chapman.edu. (If you are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at the 100% eligibility rate be sure to check the Yellow Ribbon box. This form serves as your application to the program.)
  2. If you haven’t done so already, apply to use VA educational benefits at Chapman University with VA. You can apply through VONAPP website. (You should receive Certificate of Eligibility about a month after you apply.)
  3. Submit a copy of your DD214. (Dependents should submit a copy of the service member whose benefits they qualify under.) 
  4. Submit your Certificate of Eligibility. 
  5. Connect with an advisor. You will receive advising information during the admission process.
  6. Register for classes. 
  7. Request certification for the term by submitting a VA Certification Request Form. You will need to submit this form each term you would like to use your VA Education Benefits. 
  8. Make plans with the Business Office for the payment of any tuition and fees that will not be covered by VA benefits, Financial Aid, or that will not be paid directly to Chapman University.

+-Request Certification for VA Education Benefits

You are required to submit a VA Certification Request Form each term you would like to use your VA Education Benefits. Prior to requesting certification please review your courses along the following guidelines.

  • Only courses that satisfy requirements outlined by the curriculum can be certified. Free electives cannot be certified if they are not needed to reach the minimum number of credits for your program.
  • Courses that you are taking in hopes of adding a different program cannot be certified. For example, if you are applying for a BFA or minor the courses cannot be certified since you have not been admitted to the program.
  • Courses that are failed or for which the grade does not meet minimum requirements may be repeated. Courses that were successfully completed may not be certified if they are repeated unless a higher grade is required for the program. For example if a student receives a “D” in a GE course a repeat cannot be certified because a “D” grade technically meets the requirement. If however you receive a “D” grade in a required major course, and that major requires a “C” grade for every course in the major, it could be certified. Policies differ for a 3rd attempt or more. If this applies to you please contact a certifying official in the Registrar’s Office.
  • Audited courses cannot be certified.
  • Undeclared majors can only be certified for courses meeting specific GE requirements.
  • Undeclared majors cannot be certified after earning 60 credits.

+-Frequently Asked Questions

Does the VA pay my full tuition at Chapman?
No. The VA will pay a benefit based upon your eligibility. You are responsible for any portion of your tuition and fees that are not covered by your VA benefits.

Why Should I complete a FAFSA?
Servicemembers should always complete a FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for additional scholarship, grant, and loan eligibility options each year. You must indicate your VA education eligibility in step 2 of your FAFSA. Some veteran benefits are considered part of financial aid. Veteran benefits may affect your eligibility for certain Chapman University scholarships.

How will benefits be applied to my account?
Tuition and fee payments for students receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill payments or Vocational Rehabilitation benefits are paid directly to Chapman University by the VA. Deferred billing options are available while we await these funds. You will continue to receive eBills until Chapman receives payment from VA, but your account will not accrue interest.

Other VA benefits are usually paid directly to the student by VA after the end of each month. Please work with the Business Office to set up a payment plan that reflects this disbursement calendar.

How can I request copy of my military transcript?
View the American Council on Education's website to learn how to obtain an academic transcript for your military experience. You may receive credit towards your undergraduate degree.

Can I transfer my veteran educational benefits to my spouse or dependents?
View the U.S. Department of Defense's website more about transferring benefits.

I’m a current student and want to take a class at another school. How do I get that certified?
Please contact Chapman’s certifying official at va@chapman.edu with the course details. Chapman may issue a parent letter if the course is applicable toward your degree.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) includes a monthly housing allowance. How much is that?
Students must be registered in a more than half time status to be eligible. This varies from year to year and is affected by your eligibility percentage. It is also affected if you are taking all of your classes online. See the Post/911 GI-Bill website for details.

How often do I need to verify enrollment at Chapman with VA?
Students receiving Chapter 30, 1606, or 1607 benefits must verify enrollment monthly. Chapter 33 students do not need to verify enrollment. The preferred verification method is through the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR).

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    Prospective students should contact admit@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6711.

    Admitted students should direct all VA-related inquires to a certifying official in the Registrar’s Office in the Bhathal Student Services Center. They can be reached at va@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6701.

    Certifications for Law School students are processed by the Law School’s Registrar Office. They can be reached at (714) 628-2522.

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