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Information for Veterans

Our University motto "Freely ye received, freely give" informs our desire to give back to those who have served. With support services ranging from benefits-counseling to veterans student organizations and an Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative grant, we are dedicated to expanding our program and supporting those who gave freely.

Covered Student Veterans Programs


Department of Veterans Affairs seal - Pepperdine University

Yellow Ribbon Program at Pepperdine University

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 33. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning to enter into a voluntary agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to contribute funds to a veteran's unmet tuition and certifiable fee charges (student health insurance fees) when those charges exceed the amount payable under Chapter 33. Fees that are not certifiable include workshop fees, deposit, and Global Program Fees. The program allows institutions to contribute an amount up to 50% of a veteran's unmet costs; the VA will match the amount. (The Yellow Ribbon Program is not available for active service member or spouses of an active service member.)

Veterans Groups on Campus

Veterans at entrance - Pepperdine University

Our veterans, faculty, students, and staff have come together to form multiple student groups and a University-wide veterans committee.

Explore these groups, read about our veteran news, and review upcoming events to get involved. 
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The Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative

Vets Back to College video courtesy of the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative (AVSI). The AVSI provides funding to twenty-four private colleges and institutions in California with a goal toward enrolling, supporting and graduating more student veterans.