Veteran Certification

Veteran Certification for MD Students

The Office of Student Records is responsible for certifying to the Department of Veterans Affairs the enrollment of MD and Academic Nursing Students at Wake Forest School of Medicine who are using Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits.


The Office of Student Records requests a copy of a Certificate of Eligibility.

Eligibility for Certification

Students must be enrolled in a degree program and maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to use their benefits.

Important Links for Additional Information

Yellow Ribbon Program

The School of Medicine MD, Nurse Anesthesia, and PA programs have participated in the Yellow Ribbon Program since the 2016-2017 academic year.

To be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program, student veterans must submit an application for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® to the VA and must be eligible at the 100% benefit level. The VA will issue you a Certificate of Eligibility advising that you are potentially eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Email your Certificate of Eligibility to the financial aid office at

Once the Certificate of Eligibility is received, the financial aid office will determine if there are slots available for the Yellow Ribbon Program and will notify you whether you have been approved for the program.

If you are accepted into the Yellow Ribbon Program, the School of Medicine will provide contributions during your current academic year and all subsequent academic years in which:

  • The School of Medicine participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  • You maintain satisfactory progress, conduct and attendance, and have eligibility remaining.

Yellow Ribbon recipients must remain continuously enrolled at the School of Medicine or they will need to reapply for the Yellow Ribbon program.

Students must be enrolled by the first day of classes. If a student has been accepted for participation in the Yellow Ribbon program and is not enrolled by the first day of classes, then participation will be considered void and the student will not be allowed to participate for that semester. The student will be required to reapply to the program for subsequent semesters.

Please note:

  • Only tuition and required fees are eligible for payment under the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  • Charges related to any other expense are not eligible.
  • The number of recipients is limited, and participants are awarded on a first come, first served basis. When the number of available slots has been filled, a wait list will be initiated.
  • Reimbursement under the Yellow Ribbon Program cannot exceed the total cost of assessed tuition and required fees.

Repayment of Yellow Ribbon Program funds: The School of Medicine may require repayment of some or all of Yellow Ribbon Program funds (depending on the applicable refund period) if a student drops any classes or withdraws from the School of Medicine. We will require repayment based on the Department of Veterans Affairs policies. If the VA requires repayment, then the School of Medicine will also require repayment. If the VA waives the repayment requirement, the student must provide documentation from the VA establishing repayment to the VA is not required.

VA Certification Contacts for School of Medicine Programs

Doctor of Medicine Program: Ms. Susan Pierce
Academic Nursing Program: Ms. Susan Pierce
Physician Assistant Program: Ms. Camille Jones
Graduate School Programs: Mr. Milton King