Veteran Benefits

Occidental College is committed to serving veterans and their families. Learn more about our Veterans Program.

Ahmanson Foundation Veteran Initiative

The Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative provides funding to twenty-four private colleges and institutions in California with the goal of enrolling, supporting, and helping veterans graduate from college.

Thanks to the Ahmanson Foundation, veteran students who attend Occidental have the opportunity to graduate without student loan debt. See Veteran Student – Ahmanson Sample Award below for more details.

Yellow Ribbon Benefit Program

In collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Occidental is able to assist veterans and their spouse/dependents through the Yellow Ribbon program, which assists students with tuition and fees.

Students must qualify under the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) in order to receive this benefit and have 100% eligibility for benefits.

Eligibility

Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees (spouse or dependent children) may receive this funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100% rate).

Therefore, 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.
Benefit Amount

Payment rates for the 2019 - 2020 academic year (August 27, 2019 - May 8, 2020) are up to $24,476.79 (national maximum).

Sample Awards

A veteran student with 100% service eligibility or their transferee (spouse/dependents) will qualify for the annual maximum of $24,476.79 in a Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit for 2019 - 2020. Rates for subsequent years are typically made available by the VA in August.

The Yellow Ribbon Benefits will then cover the remaining cost of tuition and fees that are not covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. In the case of Occidental College, for the 2019 - 2020 academic year, tuition & fees are $56,576. The Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit pays the full amount ($24,476.79) during the fall semester, resulting in a larger Yellow Ribbon benefit for the spring semester (see example below).

Spouse/Dependent(s) of Veterans- Sample Award
Fall 2019 Cost Spring 2020 Cost
Tuition $27,990 Tuition $27,990
Fees $298 Fees $298
Total
$28,288
Total
$28,288
Post 9/11 GI Bill (100% fall) $24,477 Post 9/11 GI Bill $0
VA Yellow Ribbon $1,906 VA Yellow Ribbon $14,144
Oxy Yellow Ribbon Match $1,905 Oxy Yellow Ribbon Match $14,144
Student Tuition & Fees Responsibility
$0
Student Tuition & Fees Responsibility
$0
Veteran Student- Ahmanson Sample Award

In addition to the Post 9/11 VA tuition benefit and Yellow Ribbon program benefit, through the generous support and donations from the Ahmanson Foundation, veterans (not spouse or dependents) attending Occidental College will receive additional funding to help them meet the full cost of attendance.

** Subject to change based on available funding and number of qualified veterans**

***Students qualifying for any aid or assistance designated for the sole purpose of reducing a student's tuition and fees, will see a reduction in the Ahmanson Veterans Scholarship for the amount of this assistance. The student's full cost of attendance will still be met by the combination of all awards.***

Fall 2019

On-Campus

Cost

Spring 2020

On-Campus

Cost
Tuition $27,990 Tuition $27,990
Fees $298 Fees $298
Room & board, books & supplies, local transportation, and personal/miscellaneous expenses $10,012 Room & board, books & supplies, local transportation, and personal/miscellaneous expenses $10,012
Total
$38,300
Total
$38,300
Post 9/11 GI Bill (100% fall) $24,477 Post 9/11 GI Bill $0
VA Yellow Ribbon $1,906 VA Yellow Ribbon $14,144
Oxy Yellow Ribbon Match $1,905 Oxy Yellow Ribbon Match $14,144
Ahmanson Veteran's Scholarship $10,012 Ahmanson Veteran's Scholarship $10,012
Student Total Cost of Attendance Responsibility
$0
Student Total Cost of Attendance Responsibility
$0

 

Fall 2019

Off-Campus

Cost

Spring 2020

Off-Campus

Cost
Tuition $27,990 Tuition $27,990
Fees $298 Fees $298
Room & board, books & supplies, local transportation, and personal/miscellaneous expenses $6,855 Room & board, books & supplies, local transportation, and personal/miscellaneous expenses $6,855
Total
$35,143
Total
$35,143
Post 9/11 GI Bill (100% fall) $24,477 Post 9/11 GI Bill $0
VA Yellow Ribbon $1,906 VA Yellow Ribbon $14,144
Oxy Yellow Ribbon Match $1,905 Oxy Yellow Ribbon Match $14,144
Ahmanson Veteran's Scholarship $6,855 Ahmanson Veteran's Scholarship 6,855
Student Total Cost of Attendance Responsibility
$0
Student Total Cost of Attendance Responsibility
$0

On-campus and off-campus budgets are based on the cost of attendance set by the college each academic year. The on-campus room and board budget is based on the cost of living on-campus in a double room with meal plan B. The off-campus budget is based on the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) Student Expenses and Resources Survey (SEARS), which assessess the cost of living in California.

Veterans receiving Ahmanson funds will be asked to participate in special events through the Ahmanson Foundation.

Steps to Receive Financial Aid and Activate VA Benefits

Veterans and their spouse/dependent(s) that qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit and Yellow Ribbon program may also qualify for other types of Financial Aid. Since the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon programs combined only cover the cost of tuition and fees, students that require additional assistance to help cover room, board, books, and supplies are encouraged to apply for need-based financial aid.

To be considered for need-based federal, state, and institutional financial aid, the student must complete a financial aid application. Instructions for completing aid applications for first-years, transfers, and returning/current students are available online.

To activate VA benefits, the student must submit the Certificate of Eligibility (which can be obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs) to the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office will then notify the 'school certifying official', James Herr, Registrar, of the student's eligibility. The school certifying official will submit the request for funding to the VA.