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Drake University’s programs of study (undergraduate, graduate, pharmacy and law) are approved for the enrollment of veterans, reservists, and other students eligible for GI Bill benefits or VA benefits.

A variety of programs are available for veterans' educational benefits. To learn about eligibility for these benefits please visit  www.gibill.va.gov or contact the Veterans Administration Regional Office, P.O. Box 66830, St. Louis, MO, 63166-6830 (1-888-442-4551).

Education Benefit Programs www.gibill.va.gov

• Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33);

• Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 30)

• Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

• Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

• Montgomery G.I. bill – Selective reserve (Chapter 1606)

• REAP Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)

Students who intend to receive VA education benefits should contact the Veterans’ Certification Officer (VCO). Currently, Nancy Geiger (515-271-3095; nancy.geiger@drake.edu) serves in that position at Drake University.

For admission assistance: contact Admssions (515-271-3181)

For financial aid questions: contact Student Financial Planning (515-271-2905)

Your role to begin receiving aid

Students who intend to receive VA education benefits should contact the Veterans’ Certification Officer (VCO). Currently, Nancy Geiger (515-271-3095; nancy.geiger@drake.edu) serves that position at Drake University.

The following steps must be completed prior to a student receiving GI Bill educational benefits for Drake courses:

a) Students must be admitted to a Drake University program of study.

b) Contact the Drake University Veterans' Certification Officer (VCO).

 c) Fill out the required forms on the www.gibill.va.gov website. Students must apply for education benefits if they have never received benefits before. If education benefits have been used previous to the student’s Drake enrollment, complete the Change of Place of Training form (Form 22-1995).

Your role to continue to receive aid...

Students are responsible for notifying the VCO of their enrollment plans each semester or summer term at Drake. All students receiving VA benefits have the responsibility to notify the VCO of any changes in credit hours enrolled once the semester begins. Failure to notify the Veterans' Certification Officer may result in incorrect payment for which the veteran will be held liable.

Your role as a student ... irrespective of your VA Benefit program

Note: Most VA students at Drake meet the conditions for “satisfactorily pursuing” a program of study for receiving VA benefits by meeting the Drake University general catalog requirements. However, a few VA requirements are more stringent than the Drake University general catalog requirements and are listed as follows:

1. Regular attendance: All VA students must be in regular attendance of all classes for which they are registered. Drake University may periodically make attendance spot-checks through the instructors.

2. Unsatisfactory progress: The University must notify the Veterans Administration that a student has made unsatisfactory progress if the student (1) fails or withdraws from all classes or (2) is suspended by the University. Education benefits are terminated when a student makes unsatisfactory progress.

3. Classes not completed: Unless there are extenuating circumstances, all VA students do not receive benefits for any portion of a class dropped after the 10-day add/drop period or for classes in which incomplete (delayed) grades are received and not resolved within one year.

Because of these more stringent requirements, the VA student should check carefully if contemplating repeating a course, withdrawing from the University, dropping a class, electing to take a delayed grade or interrupting class attendance.

Yellow Ribbon Program (Chapter 33)

Institutions of higher learning must enter into an agreement with the VA each year concerning participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  Drake University elected to join the Yellow Ribbon Program (officially the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program of the Post 9/11 GI Bill) beginning in August 2009. Institutions that enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the Veteran’s Administration (VA) are directed each year to choose the amount of tuition and fees they will contribute. Drake will contribute 50% to the tuition and fees (for the 2010-2011 year) not covered by Chapter 33 benefits, the maximum contribution amount under the Yellow Ribbon program. The VA matches Drake’s Yellow Ribbon contribution, therefore, 100% of the tuition and mandatory fees will be covered.

Drake Yellow Ribbon Eligibility Guidelines

Also, participating institutions must elect, yearly, the maximum number of eligible individuals for their institution for the upcoming academic year which Drake does each year. The Drake Yellow Ribbon list is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any student who has not registered for the next term will be removed from the Drake Yellow Ribbon list for that term.  Note: Once a term has been completed, certification and benefits may not be available.

Students on the Drake Yellow Ribbon list will be confirmed after March 1 of each year.

Prior to becoming eligible for the Drake Yellow Ribbon list, a student must complete the following:

  • admission to a Drake degree program of study
  • direct contact made in person or in writing (email accepted) to Drake’s VCO (nancy.geiger@drake.edu)
  • provide to the VCO a copy of the Veteran's Certificate of Eligibility (COE) letter which lists the award percentage of 100%

Important: Students who have not registered for the next term may be removed from the Drake Yellow Ribbon list.

Drake’s role in supporting veteran’s education:

Drake University is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a consortium of more than 1,300 institutions pledged to be reasonable in working with service members and veterans who are trying to earn degrees while pursuing demanding, transient careers. As a SOC member, Drake is committed to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and work experiences. SOC is sponsored by 15 national higher education associations along with the military services, the National Guard Bureau, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense serving as cooperating agencies.

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