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Law School Grants for Veterans

Jun 27, 2018

Veterans pursuing law degrees can receive grants based on their eligibility. This article describes several grants including the Yellow Ribbon Program offered in various universities. Some of the programs even allow unused grants to be passed on to dependents.

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In appreciation of the service and sacrifice that service members render the country, institutions and foundations have set aside special scholarships and grants for veterans. Law school tuition and fees can particularly be high, but the following colleges and universities offer grants to offset tuition and utilities costs.

Military and Veterans Benefits Law Scholarship

This grant is open to second and third-year law students on active duty or veterans of the United States military. Applicants are awarded $2,000 in scholarship but have to apply online and submit an essay.

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Yellow Ribbon Program Grants

Although not designed specifically for law school fees, the Yellow Ribbon Program can be utilized toward law school costs. This program is a Post 9/11 GI Bill provision established to help veteran students access college education at little or no cost to them. Schools enter into an agreement to waive some or all of the tuition costs that exceed the Yellow Ribbon Program reimbursement ($23,671.94 as of August 2018). The student pays tuition that is above the maximum figure, either through additional financial aid or out of their pockets.

Persons who qualify to receive this funding must have served in the army for 36 months cumulatively after the 9/11 attack and have been discharged honorably from service. The benefits from this program are transferable to dependents.

A number of law schools participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, including:

New York University School of Law

As a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, NYU offers some of the most generous funding packages for eligible veterans. In 2014, NYU pushed its $3,500 grant to $20,000 allowing veterans to attend law school with no costs for tuition, fees, or health insurance.

Vanderbilt Law School

The Vanderbilt Law School offers tuition assistance to eligible veterans on a merit and financial basis. The Law School is committed to providing an annual $10,000 grant, while some students will receive more or less, depending on other law school scholarships for which they have qualified.

Harvard Law School

Veterans are eligible for educational benefits offered by the Department of Veteran Affairs such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill program. The grant money offered is meant to cover the costs of books, tuition, and housing. The amount an applicant receives is determined by the length of their service in the military since September 10, 2001. Harvard Law also contributes to the amount needed and the total contribution from this combination covers the full tuition and fees for each academic year.

Columbia Law School

Columbia Law School is a participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program. In the 2018-2019 academic year, the School will give a maximum of $30,000 in assistance to eligible veterans. The number of veterans who can receive benefits per year is unlimited.

Monterey College of Law

Veterans interested in practicing law in California are eligible to the Post 9/11 benefits that care for 100% tuition at any of the California accredited law schools like the Monterey College of Law. Service members can transfer some unused benefits to their dependents. The $19,198.31 grant given annually fully covers tuition and fees at the Monterey College of Law.

The University of Georgia School of Law

As a participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program, the University Of Georgia School Of Law covers tuition and fees expenses that exceed the amount covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The school allocates two grants $5,000 each every year. The $5,000 is added to the amount released by the Department of Veteran Affairs getting to a total $10,000 for each academic year.

Veterans pursuing a law degree and seeking tuition assistance can get it through military scholarships and financial aid offered through the Yellow Ribbon program and its participating institutions.

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