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The JD programs at California Western School of Law are approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code.

Refer to the Education section of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs web site for information about the types of education benefits available, how to apply for benefits, the amounts, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Veterans, survivors, and dependents should contact Kelly Fernando, Associate Director of Financial Aid and School Certifying Official, at (619) 525-7062 or by email at to get the eligibility certification process started.

Yellow Ribbon Program

California Western School of Law proudly participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program; a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

This program allows degree granting institutions of higher learning in the U.S. to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to help fund tuition expenses for eligible veterans.

Information about Post-9/11 benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, is available online at or veterans may inquire about education benefits by calling 1-888-GIBILL1 (442-4551).

How Yellow Ribbon Works at California Western School of Law:

Applications for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits will be accepted from all admitted and continuing JD candidates.

California Western offers full tuition and fee coverage for all qualified Yellow Ribbon applicants: California Western will cover half of the remaining tuition and fees after the Post-9/11 GI Bill’s annual allowance has been applied and the Veterans Administration will cover the other half.

In order to apply for Yellow Ribbon benefits at California Western School of Law, an applicant must:

  • Be admitted to California Western School of Law
  • Be eligible for 100% of the benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program
  • Provide a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the Law School Financial Aid Office
  • Submit the Veterans Education Benefits Request Form to the Law School Financial Aid Office

Active duty servicemembers and their spouses are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits (child transferees of active duty servicemembers may be eligible if the servicemember is qualified at the 100% rate).

  • The award amount may change from fiscal year to fiscal year depending on the level of participation elected by California Western
  • Students awarded will continue to receive Yellow Ribbon benefits as long as California Western continues to participate in the program, while the student remains continuously enrolled and while they continue to meet all applicable eligibility criteria
  • Students must comply with all Veterans Administration and California Western School of Law required deadlines and procedures

You may mail, hand deliver, fax, or email your Veterans Education Benefits Request Form and Certificate of Eligibility to the Law School Financial Aid Office. Please deliver to:

California Western School of Law
Attn: Kelly Fernando
Associate Director, Financial Aid Office
225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Fax: (619) 615-1452


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at