tschr14 wrote:I actually put together a spreadsheet very similar to this one although it was not as large. Thanks! I was wondering though, shouldn't I be careful with schools like Wisconsin, ASU and WU-St. Louis because they have such limited amount of scholarships they offer? I completely overlooked the differences in GI bill funding in different states but I was hesitant to consider schools like Wisconsin because they only offer, for example, 2 scholarships and I assumed those 2 were for the entire law school which would leave any other veterans using the GI Bill with a substantial amount of tuition to finance. I could be wrong which would be great in this situation because I was automatically dismissing schools like UCLA because of the odds of actually getting YRP were slim. Also, I noticed a few schools not included in the "virtually free" category that I had in my spreadsheet such as University of Pittsburgh, DePaul University and Pepperdine University. Is there something I should be aware of with these schools that I should consider? Thanks again everyone has been a huge help already.
Craig's spreadsheet that I linked to earlier only covers the "Tier One" (top 50) schools, so that's why Pittsburgh, DePaul and Pepperdine weren't on it. And with more than half of the top 50 free with the GI Bill/YRP, it would take a very special set of circumstances for a school down in the 60s or 100s to make much sense.
You're right that some schools appear to have a very limited number of YRP slots. The best thing to do would be to call the school and ask to speak with the Yellow Ribbon Program coordinator, or the Veteran's Liason. They will be able to tell you how many slots are still available. To use one of your examples, for all I know, Wisconsin might not have ever had both YRP slots filled at the same time, so two might be plenty.
There's also a chance that the number of slots and/or maximum contribution per slot has changed since Craig put that spreadsheet together. Some of the schools are still fine-tuning their YRP in response to the Post-9/11 GI Bill change from paying based on an hourly rate to just having an outright cap.