Non-Resident & Scholarship Information
Non-Resident students have several ways to cover non-resident tuition. Through three separate offerings, Ole Miss works to help non-resident student veterans and non-resident dependents understand what they may be entitled to use in conjunction with their VA Education Benefits. These non-resident offerings include the Yellow Ribbon Program, Military Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship, and Dependent Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship.
Student Veterans will receive the Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship regardless of GI Bill in accordance with State Law. Student Veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214 to get this benefit.
Dependent students will receive the Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship only if they receive a transfer of entitlement of VA Education Benefits, in accordance with State Law. This transfer of entitlement must be one of the following:
- Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Chapter 35 Dependent Education Assistance Program
- Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
Yellow Ribbon Program is available to all non-resident students who have 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Yellow Ribbon Program
As of Spring 2016, the University of Mississippi is an UNLIMITED/UNLIMITED Yellow Ribbon School, meaning that Ole Miss has unlimited funds for an unlimited number of students who are 100% eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The Yellow Ribbon Program helps those students with 100% Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility to pay OUT-OF-STATE TUITION. The student’s VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) will determine if they are qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. For specific information, read more regarding the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship.
For students to receive the YRP, they must meet the following criteria:
- 100% eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Accepted to the University of Mississippi
- Fully matriculated, meaning the student has a schedule
- Be a degree-seeking student
100% Eligible Post 9/11 GI Bill students receive 100% of the IN-STATE TUITION AND FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR MAJOR. The Yellow Ribbon Program covers 100% OF THE REMAINING OUT-OF-STATE COST, with the VA paying half the out-of-state tuition, and Ole Miss paying the remaining half of out-of-state tuition. Students are still responsible for paying for fees not covered by the GI Bill (room and board, meal plans, parking passes, athletics tickets, printing fees, etc…).
Once a student exhausts their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, the student may apply for the Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship.
Military Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship
The Military Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship pays for the non-resident portion of tuition that out-of-state student veterans have when they are non-resident students. No veteran is required to use any form of the GI Bill to obtain this benefit.
In order to receive the Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship, a student must be a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces. Veterans DO NOT have to have any VA Education Benefits to receive the scholarship.
The student veteran must be continuously enrolled at the University of Mississippi for Fall and Spring Terms.
If a student veteran exhausts their VA Education benefits, they will still continue to receive the Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship as long as they have been continuously enrolled at the University of Mississippi and have continuously used VA benefits.
Students are not required to enroll in a Summer Term to remain continuously enrolled, but they may not use VA Benefits at another institution to remain eligible for the continuation of the Scholarship past benefit exhaustion.
VETERANS not using VA benefits must provide Veteran & Military Services with a copy of their DD-214.
Dependent Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship
The Dependent Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship pays for the non-resident portion of tuition that out-of-state dependent students have when they are non-resident students. Dependent students must use some form of GI Bill to obtain this benefit.
In order for Dependents to receive the Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship, a dependent student must receive any of the following VA Education Benefits for themselves or as a transfer of entitlement:
* Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill (TRANSFERABLE VA EDUCATION BENEFIT)
* Chapter 35 Dependent Education Assistance Program (TRANSFERABLE VA EDUCATION BENEFIT)
* Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (TRANSFERABLE VA EDUCATION BENEFIT)
The dependent student must be continuously enrolled at the University of Mississippi for Fall and Spring Terms.
Once a student exhausts all of their VA Education Benefit entitlement, they will still continue to receive the Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship as long as they have been continuously enrolled at the University of Mississippi for Fall and Spring terms, and have continuously used all of their entitled VA benefits at Ole Miss, to include graduate school.
Students are not required to enroll in a Summer Term to remain continuously enrolled, but they must not use VA Benefits at another institution to remain eligible for the continuation of the Scholarship past benefit exhaustion.
Students must fill out the Non-Resident Scholarship Application Form each term they wish to receive the Scholarship AFTER THEY EXHAUST BENEFITS. This form must be completed and provided to VMS and may be hand-delivered to the office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with “STUDENT NAME Non-Resident Scholarship Form” as the title of the email.
Additional Scholarship Information
VMS Scholarships for Students
Veteran & Military Services offers two separate scholarship opportunities for both military-connected students and the general student body across the University System.
Veterans Alumni Gala Scholarships
Student Veterans are eligible to apply for five $1,000 scholarships annually, including the Initiative Award, Spirit Award, Perseverance Award, Genus Award, and the Dewey Knight Leadership Award. Student Veterans fill out an application in the Fall semester for one of the five awards and includes an essay describing why they are deserving of one of the awards.
Point of Light Scholars Award
The Point of Light Scholars Award totals $1,000 for five students across the University System, to include all regional campuses, the Law School, and the Medical School. Any student may apply for the scholarship and must fill out an application including a summary of volunteer experience at the local, state, national, or international level. A photograph of the student’s service must be included in the application package to be considered. Scholarships are awarded in the Spring semester.
University Scholarships for Student Veterans
The University of Mississippi hosts several scholarships across the entire University for Student Veterans in various areas of the University. Information regarding these scholarships may be obtained by contacting VMS for the specific scholarship requirements:
- Lila Lee McRight Endowment for Veteran Success
- Veteran and Military Services Endowment
- David Keith Williams Support Fund – School of Business
- Kristin and Dex Landreth Scholarship for Veterans Fund
- Leonard B. Melvin, JR. Memorial Endowment Scholarship in Law for Veterans – Law School
- Welcome Home Campaign Fund
- Henry Dennis Babers and Phillips H. Izard Engineering Scholarship Endowment for Veterans – Engineering
VA Education Benefits
Veteran and Military Services provides student support services to veterans, active military, guard, reserve, and eligible dependents. Our office strives to ensure our services enable our military-connected students to focus on their education goals. Our office works closely with other departments on campus to provide as many resources as possible.
Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) Educational Benefits
Federal Tuition Assistance is a separate program from VA Education Benefits. Veteran & Military Services can assist with FTA, but it is ENTIRELY THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY. Students wishing to use FTA must get approval from their specific military command. TA can ONLY be used in conjunction with Chapter 33 Post 9/11 VA benefits, and will not pay for the same classes. If students have questions about using Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Benefits and FTA, contact Veteran & Military Services for clarification. Students should also be aware that use of FTA benefits can affect the Financial Aid package. If students have questions about the financial aid package, they should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid to determine any possible issues.
Students are responsible to upload their required documents to their military commands for FTA approval. Once approved, students should inform Veteran & Military Services of any changes to classes submitted (add/drop). FTA will not be billed until approximately 19% of the semester is completed (per military policy), so payment will be later in the semester. Students should budget accordingly. Once the semester is complete, grades will be submitted to DOD by Veteran & Military Services. The student is responsible to their command for class failure or a discrepancy that results in repayment.
Veterans Treatment Team
Student veterans attending Ole Miss have the ability to receive treatment at the University for anything they may need while in school. Instead of taking a day off for a trip to the nearest VA Facility, student veterans can receive comprehensive treatment through a team of psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, nurse practitioners, a social worker, and case manager. Through this team-based approach to care, veterans can explore other treatment options outside the typical VA prescription of medications. For more information, please contact our office at email@example.com with Veteran Treatment Team in the subject line, and we will provide the appropriate information about pursuing a comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.
The Student Counseling Center has dedicated veteran hours for walk-in appointments, and as part of the Veterans Treatment Team, the professionals can assist student veterans with any concerns they may experience while attending the University.