Yellow Ribbon Program Schools for Post-9/11 Veterans
The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill that allows degree-granting colleges and universities to help qualifying veterans pay tuition costs exceeding the G.I. Bill’s usual cap for graduate, private or out-of-state institutions. The program is available at colleges and universities that offer a veterans-only scholarship, making them Yellow Ribbon schools. Under this arrangement, Yellow Ribbon schools can volunteer to pay up to 50% of the additional tuition and fees, and the Department of Veterans Affairs will match them dollar-for-dollar. So attending an institution that participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program means up to 100% of your tuition can be covered, even if that tuition is greater than the cap set by the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.
Start your search for a Yellow Ribbon school by clicking on one of the accredited programs listed below!
Take Advantage of the Yellow Ribbon Program!
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs website, only veterans who are entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. Therefore, you may be 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 G.I. Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above
Finally, not all colleges and universities take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program. If you are eligible and want to take advantage of this opportunity, you should research the U.S. News University Directory Yellow Ribbon Sponsor Schools noted above as well as the complete list of participating institutions when deciding on where you want to apply.
Yellow Ribbon Program Frequently Asked Questions
There are many questions for veterans who want to take advantage of the Yellow Ribbon Program. According to the U.S. Deaprtment of Veterans Affairs, these are some of the questions that are most frequently asked.
If I am eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, do I automatically qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program? No. Only veterans who are at the 100% benefit level qualify, or their dependents through Transfer of Entitlement. This means that active duty members and spouses do not qualify, according to the VA. Also, the school must quailify as a Yellow Ribbon school and veterans must apply to the school.
If I qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program and apply to a Yellow Ribbon school, can I count on getting in? Schools are limited on the number of veterans they can take into the program, and they are typically determined on a first-come, first-served basis. The schools, not the VA, will contact applicants and let them know if they made it into the program.
If I am in the Yellow Ribbon program can I count on being in it next year? Not necessarily, as criteria must be met each year. First, the school has to continue to participate in the program and meet all VA requirements. Second, for the school to offer the program to you for future school years the following criteria must be met:
You maintain satisfactory progress toward completion of your program
You meet the school's policies for remaining continuously enrolled
You have remaining entitlement under the Post-9/11 Bill
How to Find a Yellow Ribbon School
More than 700 schools currently participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The VA provides a list each year of the schools in the program, broken down by state and also overseas locations.
To see the list, go to the VA Yellow Ribbon Program information page.
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