Yellow Ribbon Program
What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?
A provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon Program expands education benefits for military veterans. Qualifying veterans are eligible to receive up to 100% funding of an undergraduate college education. The GI Bill pays the highest in-state undergraduate tuition. However, additional funds may be available if you plan on attending a private institution, graduate school, or if you choose to attend a institution as a non-resident.
How does it Work?
The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Institutions choose the percentage of tuition and fees that they will waive, and the VA will match the same amount as the institution. The Department of Veteran Affairs will then issue a check directly to your institution.
Am I eligible?
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs you are eligible if:
- You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
- You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
- You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above.