Monterey Institute of International Studies

Veterans Benefits

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Veterans at the Monterey Institute

Transform your military service into a civilian career through one of our internationally-focused bachelor's or master's degree programs.

We offer 100% tuition coverage for qualifying veterans through the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program. Explore our degree programs and the veterans' benefits available to you below.

Eligible Degree Programs

You can receive veterans' benefits for the following bachelor's and master's programs:

International Policy & Business

Translation, Interpretation and Language Education

Yellow Ribbon Program

Available for up to 75 Veterans per Year

To assist veterans with their educational goals, we have enrolled in the Yellow Ribbon Program, part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Monterey Institute and the Veterans Administration (VA) will guarantee complete tuition payment for up to 75 eligible veterans each academic year to attend one of our world-class degree programs.

Eligibility

If you are not active duty and are 100% eligible for Ch. 33 Post-9/11, you are eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits.

If you are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, please contact the one of our financial aid counselors after you have been admitted, as we will make awards based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Award Amounts

Your total award is based on the number of credits registered. Based on 12 credits, you will be provided with the following funds:

Up front payment by VA $19,198.31
Monterey Institute contribution $7,885.85
VA matched contribution $7,885.85
Total/year $34,970
Total/semester $17,485

Please note that if you were awarded a Monterey Institute merit scholarship, it will be forfeited when you receive veterans' benefits through the Yellow Ribbon program.

The Monterey Institute has agreed to

  • Provide contributions to eligible individuals who apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program on a first-come first-served basis, regardless of the rate at which you pursue training in any given academic year;
  • Provide contributions during the current academic year and all subsequent academic years in which the student maintains satisfactory academic progress, conduct and attendance;
  • Make contributions toward the program on behalf of the individual in the form of a grant;
  • Contribute a maximum of $7,885.85 for each participant during the academic year, based on 12 credits;
  • Guarantee to fund up to 75 veterans for the academic year

Application Process

  • Apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the Veterans ON-Line APPlication Website (VONAPP)
  • Submit your certificate of eligibility VA letter to our Financial Aid Office at the Monterey Institute
  • Submit a paper application to the Monterey Institute and receive a waiver of the $50 application fee
  • Submit copies of transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work completed (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Submit a copy of your registration for the semester in which you are requesting benefits
  • Submit all requested documents by mail or fax to 831.647.6685

Download the Paper Application

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many Yellow Ribbon veterans can participate?

We have agreed to accept up to 75 veterans per academic year.  Awards will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We accept applications on a rolling basis to our bachelor's and master's programs for fall or spring semester. Learn how to apply >>

Where can I find more information?

You can find comprehensive information about the educational benefits available through the Montgomery GI Bill or Post-9/11 GI Bill, including eligibility requirements, on the GI Bill website.

Will I be eligible for other Monterey Institute scholarships?

All admitted applicants to the Monterey Institute are considered for merit-based scholarships. These awards generally range from $4,000 to $16,000 per academic year. Since our maximum scholarship offering is less than the benefits available through the Yellow Ribbon Program, you will be considered for the Yellow Ribbon program first. Merit scholarships will be forfeited if you receive veterans' benefits.

Admitted veterans who do not receive Yellow Ribbon Program funds will receive special consideration for our merit-based scholarships.

Are there any other fees?

The Yellow Ribbon program will not cover the Monterey Institute’s activity fees, which are $56 per semester. The veteran will be responsible for these fees.