Financial Aid

Veteran's Education Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs is your best source for information about all VA educational benefits programs. You can contact the VA directly at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).  Please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs for help in identifying the benefits for which you qualify.

Willamette University’s contact person for Veterans Affairs is:

Sarah Fisher, Assistant Registrar
sfisher@willamette.edu
(503) 370-6206

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

Willamette University agrees to fund students who qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program with institutional funding, according to the limitations and deadlines listed below for each college or professional school. 

Please note that the award amounts listed below represent maximum amounts, so your individual award amount could be less.  Please also note that any institutional grant or scholarship funding that you have already been offered will count first toward meeting Willamette’s obligation for the Yellow Ribbon program, so you may not be awarded additional Willamette dollars for Yellow Ribbon.  However, you will still benefit from participating in the program because you will have access to the additional Yellow Ribbon dollars from the VA.

College of Liberal Arts

  • Willamette agrees to provide a maximum of $11,000 in institutional funding to Yellow Ribbon recipients enrolled in the College of Liberal Art for the academic year.  Students must identify themselves as being Yellow Ribbon eligible by May 1st each year in order to be considered for the program in the subsequent school year.

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

  • Willamette agrees to provide a maximum of $5000 in institutional funding to Yellow Ribbon recipients enrolled in the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, to a total of 4 students for the academic year.  Students must identify themselves as being Yellow Ribbon eligible by May 1st each year in order to be considered for the program in the subsequent school year.  Participation in the program is on a first-come-first-served basis.

College of Law

  • Willamette agrees to provide a maximum of $5000 in institutional funding to Yellow Ribbon recipients enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts, to a total of 14 students for the academic year.  Students must identify themselves as being Yellow Ribbon eligible by May 1st each year in order to be considered for the program in the subsequent school year.  Participation in the program is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Graduate School of Education

  • Willamette agrees to provide a maximum of $2000  in institutional funding to Yellow Ribbon recipients enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts, to a total of 5 students for the academic year.  Students must identify themselves as being Yellow Ribbon eligible by May 1st each year in order to be considered for the program in the subsequent school year.  Participation in the program is on a first-come-first-served basis.