Military & Veterans
Paying for Your Education
Blue Ribbon Grant
The Blue Ribbon Grant is designed to recognize and assist veterans, active-duty military personnel, spouse and dependents by providing additional grant funds upon the exhaustion or expiration of military education benefits to support the individual to enhance their educational benefits.
The University of Fairfax provides a grant of up to 35% of the total amount that is paid toward the direct cost of education on behalf of an individual qualified by the Veterans Administration under Chapter 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606, Military Tuition Assistance or StateNational Guard. (MYCAA recipients are not eligible)
See the Financial Aid Office staff for an application.
Eligible students may accumulate up to a maximum of $18,000 to extend or complete their programs of study, or assist a current spouse or qualified dependent at the University of Fairfax. Once earned the accumulated grant amount may be utilized to pay tuition and fees at University of Fairfax in any academic program or degree level including to fund an external certification that is associated with the students program of study. The grant funds must be used within 10 years of the last day of the term the Blue Ribbon Grant was earned.
The military student earning the grant may elect to transfer the earned grant to a current spouse or qualified dependent under the age of 30. In the event of such transfer, the grant will be considered earned, transferable, and payable toward the transferee spouse or qualified dependent’s account following the completion of any term in which the military student’s benefits are paid toward the transferor’s tuition and fees.
Post – 9/11 GI Bill®*
The University of Fairfax is pleased to accept Post – 9/11 GI Bill® benefits for eligible students. Only active duty service performed after September 10, 2001 is considered for determining eligibility for this benefit. A veteran’s level of eligibility is determined by his/her accrued length of service after September 10, 2001. Eligible veterans with less than 100% eligibility receive a pro-rated percentage of the maximum award. Award percentages range from 40% to 100%. To determine your eligibility visit the V.A. Calculator.
Who is Eligible?
Any veteran may apply for this benefit and may be eligible if:
- You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001 of at least 90 days
- You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001 or
- 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
How to Qualify?
To qualify for the Post – 9/11 GI Bill® you must:
- Submit an application for the Post – 9/11 GI Bill® to the Department of Veterans Affairs here
- Provide a certificate of eligibility to your Admissions Officer; and
- Obtain admission to the University of Fairfax
Military Benefits for Active Duty and Discharged Service Personnel
CHAPTER 30: Active Duty/Veteran
Benefits for less than three years: $1,270/month
Benefits for three or more years: $1,564/month
CHAPTER 31: Disabled Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs pays the cost of tuition, books, and all fees directly to University of Fairfax. In addition, the veteran receives an allowance from the VA as follows:
Number of Dependents Full Time Three-Quarter Time One-Half Time
No Dependents $585.11 $439.64 $294.17
One Dependent $725.78 $545.13 $364.47
Two Dependents $855.28 $639.45 $428.42
Each Additional Dependent $62.34 $47.94 $31.99
CHAPTER 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® program is comprised of multiple payments. The maximum amounts listed on this page are applicable to individuals eligible for the full benefit (100% eligibility tier). If you are not eligible for the full benefit, the payment and maximum amounts will be prorated based on your eligibility percentage. Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® you may receive a:
Tuition & fee payment sent directly to the school up to $19,198.31
Monthly housing allowance sent to you
Books and supplies stipend sent to you
One-time rural benefit for certain veterans
CHAPTER 35: Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance
Individual benefit of $987/month for the spouse or dependent of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled or whose death was service-connected.
CHAPTER 1606: Selected Reserves
Benefit: $356/month (and you may be eligible for a kicker)
CHAPTER 1607: Reservists Called to Active Duty
Two Years Service: $1,251.20/month
One Year Service: $983.40/month
90 Days to One Year Service: $625.60/month
For more information or questions regarding military benefits, contact:
* GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.