VA Benefits

San Francisco Art Institute is committed to providing support for your education and career goals and proudly offers education opportunities for military members and veterans who have honorably served.

Yellow Ribbon Program

As a military-inclusive school, SFAI participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program. Depending on your benefit eligibility, you may find that you will be able to attend SFAI without incurring any out-of-pocket expenses for tuition.

A Covered Individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11GI Bill® benefits.  

SFAI permits any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (a “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website – eBenefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

1) The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.

2) 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.

SFAI will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrows additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet their financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.

To find out if you qualify for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits or other education programs, call the VA Office for Students at 888.442.4551 or visit

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 Web site at

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